Wednesday, March 23, 2005

First Trial

I named my blog "zamboa", which is a Portuguese word meaning, according to a dictionary, "pomelo" or "shaddock", a large kind of citrus fruit, very similar to a grapefruit.

To tell the truth, this is the second "frist trial" since the first one disappeared (I don' know why) when I changed the template by removing the "I Power Blogger" and adding a link list.


At 1:58 PM, March 24, 2005, Blogger Akarui said...

Well done! Never mind about the post that didn't show up -- sometimes things go wrong.

About the links included in your sidebar: You don't need to link to Google News just because this is a Blogger site (Google owns Blogger); you can link to any other news source, say the New York Times, the BBC or Asahi.

You probably don't want to link to the Edit-me page because that page is only of limited interest to most people. is a dead link. I'm still waiting for Arao-sensei to give us her URL.

A hint about links in the sidebar (or "blogrolls", as they're sometimes called): if you link to somebody's weblog who's running their own software on their own server space, chances are that they'll notice the link. People who have their own Web sites usually check their referrer logs, i.e. the server statistics that tell them where their visitors came from, which link they were following when they showed up on their site. (Back at the time when students were posting to Tawawa, I was pretty obsessive about checking the stats and finding out who's linking to the site. Other people don't care.)

With a Blogger site, as far as I know, you can't access any statistics, so you won't be able to find out about any inpointing links.

At 2:00 PM, March 24, 2005, Blogger Akarui said...

Another thing: with your current settings, I can only post a comment as Akarui, i.e. as somebody who has a Blogger account.

Please change that setting and allow everyone to post!

(I explained the reasons for this in Unit Two.)

At 1:39 AM, March 25, 2005, Blogger Hiro said...

Thank you for your comments. I am going to enlarge the link list little by little. But before that, I want to divide the link list into a few subsections, such as ITE (IT in Education) Members, interesting art sites like Yoshitoshi Mori's site you introduced (I visited it), movie-related sites and the like. I think I have to change the template, but I don't think it would so hard to do that. I hope you'll tell us in this course how to make changes of the link list.

I will keep the link to Arao-sensei's blogger site for a while, because I expect her to use as her URL.

I will do the setting change immediately.

I have a few problems about changing the template and setting. But since I think it will concern every member in the course, I will write about them in the course forum.

At 9:20 AM, March 25, 2005, Anonymous Rudolf said...

I'd advise against including any of my Yoshitoshi Mori links in the sidebar: they're all flat, static pages, aren't they? When you re-visit them in a couple of weeks, they will still be the same. A "blogroll" (or list of favourite links on a weblog) comes with the implicit promise that the sites in the list that are "live", i.e. frequently or at least regularly updated. Look at Kurt Easterwood's right sidebar, for instance: he lists a whole lot of anglophone weblogs in Japan. Weblogs, by definition, are regularly updated: you can go back after a while and find new stuff on them.

If you'd just like to keep your bookmarks online and publicly accessible, I'd recommend the free service. Here are a few of the things that I
recently bookmarked.

What are your difficulties when you try to modify the sidebar? It's just HTML, and you know how to hand-code, so there shouldn't be a problem at all. You may be new to the idea of table-less layouts that are done in pure CSS, but if you only want to modify the sidebar, that doesn't need to concern you. Just use the h2 tags for headers and the ul tags for the lists. If you want text, stick it in plain p tags. That's simple, no?

I don't think I'll want to teach hand-coding in this course and I'll be happy if everyone just manages to go into the template and strip out the Blogger button -- just so I know everyone understands the basic idea of editing the template.

But of course I can answer detailed questions if you have any -- so: fire away!

At 12:23 PM, March 28, 2005, Blogger Hiro said...

Okay. I understand what kinds of links we should put in the sidebar. Thanks for your advice. I think I could modify my blogroll in the sidebar as I like.

‘Skingame’ I added as a new link is my own blogger site in Japanese, empowered by I created it before joining this course just for trial. As to ‘Edit Me’, I decided to retain it for a time just for my own use, for it gives me useful technical advice. But as it is different in nature from other links, I think I had better put it under a different link title.

The problems I had were not concerned with rewriting HTML but with the keeping of changes in Settings and Template. I made change to Setting and Template, and saved and republished as you instructed. I made it. There were no problems so far. But when I tried to change some items in them later again, I got the default page all the time. Taking time zone for example, though I changed it to UTC+9 (Japan time), I had the default page every time when opening the Settings. But soon I found the reason for that. It was simply because I forgot to update the page. What I learned is that I should update as often as I made changes after saving and republishing. So there is no problem now with them.


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