Removing Blogger Widgets/Gadgets

Removing Blogger Widgets/Gadgets

Blogger holds many little tidbits of useful knowledge deep in its core. It doesn't take a master to pull them out and put them to use, but it does take a keen eye. I couldn't even begin to count how many times I had removed a complete code from my Blogger template and realized well after the fact that I may actually need it again with no way to put it to right unless I uploaded my XML from the last save (usually several months prior).

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An ELLE Tutorial: Truncating Your Posts on your Blogger Blog

An ELLE Tutorial: Truncating Your Posts on your Blogger Blog

Many designers live and die by auto truncating. Personally speaking, I cannot stand it. Let me explain:

Auto truncating is a code that plugs in to your blog (usually in the template) that will allow all your posts to be trimmed. It usually includes a thumbnail and an excerpt of your post and then cuts off with a "read more" link. Sounds great in theory. But the truth is that the auto truncating codes will choose whatever image it pleases from your post, often the one you wouldn't have wanted to use. It also only allows so many characters before the "read more" link that will take readers to the full post. So unless you are planning to count each character at the beginning of each post, it may cut you off mid sentence or even mid word! Not so great in practice. This is where Bloggers page break will become your best friend. You see that little button up there in your "new post"? The one right next to the add video and add photo button? That's a page break. And I am going to show you how to use it. 

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