Bug Zapping Right and Left

Image copyright Fred First Okay, I’m trying to blog outside the box. Or actually inside the box of Blogjet as opposed to freeform in NoteTab Pro’s html editing mode that I’ve been using now for four years plus.

First, let me say how great it is to feel like blogging is a two-way enterprise once again. And then to thank you folks for hanging with me through so many twists and turns to get here, a place I trust will be FFF’s home for some time to come.

From What Sean P tells me, Blog Jet should give me more flexibility with images than I’ve had before (as it takes over some of the formating and sizing operations of posting images) and I hope will become my new normal SOP for getting blogs up every day. However, I’ve grown used to NoteTabPro as an archive of all my past posts and not sure how I feel about giving that up. I have been able to search the NTP file much faster than searching the blog via its search function. There will be trade-offs, for sure.

So, we’re working out the kinks. Got to get up the bloglist and other sidebar items, and don’t think Blog Jet helps with sidebars. Could be wrong. I want better links to image galleries, and better, more thought-out image galleries in the future. I want to do more podcasting–if not the full audiobook thing–and post those links in a permanent part of the sidebar.

I want my little images back up in the banner, and to rotate them weekly or at least monthly. (I’d also like to get the colors I chose for links and such to actually appear when I save my template changes. So far, not working. Trust me: I didn’t chose purple text, I just can’t get rid of it. Bleccch!)

I want to do more writing, though in truth, I will probably do LESS blogging in coming months if my next project gains momentum as I hope it will. But then, you’ll be hearing more about that as soon as I get my head around it.

Well, TGIF. It’s Miller Time. And btw, you should be able to comment now without signing up for a blogger account. We’re squashing bugs every step of the way (no offense to my arthropod friends intended in this figure of speech, understand) and getting back into the blog-groove. Yes!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. this hasn’t been a great time to start with blogger b/c they have been doing a lot of revamping. i’ve discovered that the past week trying to get my blog up and running- seems a little better now, though.

  2. Well, I’m glad to be able to leave my obvious and obnoxious comments here again. I’ve been visiting yer blog every day in the interim. Still, it looks like someone has already hacked in and left a picture of this funny looking guy on your sidebar.

  3. It’s nice to be able to comment again, Fred. I have read everyday, and was frustrated now and then when I couldn’t say something. Welcome back, so to speak.