Saturday, June 11, 2005

Welcome!

Thank you for joining me here. In this endeavor I'll be exploring issues and events that interest/concern me. Some of those issues might include immigration reform, local news and issues, bias in the local media, and conservative politics. This is by far NOT an all inclusive list however.

5 Comments:

Blogger Shreela said...

Hi Rorschach, I saw the new link in your sig area at BlogHouston and was tickled pink that you have a blog now, because I always enjoyed your comments (rants?) at BH.

I subscribed to your newsfeed, even if you didn't put the link for it in your sidebar! With some of your posts (in Bloglines), clicking on the headline will bring me to the actual post, great that's what I want.

But a few do not link to the blog entry post, but to the story you're writing about (such as the fake blood company, or the Chron).

I would be grateful if you might put the links to the site you're writing about in the story area so that the headline link goes to your blog entry. It makes it MUCH easier to comment this way.

Now I'm going to make a few clicks so I can comment on the fake blood post 8^)

Sherri

June 14, 2005 10:49 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Shreela, I have to admit, part of the reason I have taken so long to do my own blog is simple abject terror. I am a blithering idiot when it comes to HTML. I'm still feeling my way through this whole HTML thing. I didn't even know I HAD a friggin newsfeed! I am such a flippin boob when it comes to HTML.. I must beg your forgiveness...

June 14, 2005 3:49 PM  
Blogger Shreela said...

I'll help if I can 8^)

Your newsfeed url is:
http://redinktexas.blogspot.com/atom.xml

To enter that into your side bar, copy and paste this code into the side bar links area (I'll tell you where below):
‹li›‹a href="http://redinktexas.blogspot.com/atom.xml"›XML‹/a›‹/li›

You exchange 'XML' for Newsfeed, RSS, Syndicate, or Atom. The reason I put in XML is that seems to be the most recognized acronym for 'newsfeeds' at this time. But pick whichever one you're most comfortable with.

To get to the area so that you can paste that in, click on the Change Settings (gear icon) in your blogger dashboard.

Next click on Template tab up top.

In the HTML form box, scroll at least halfway down until you pass this tag: ‹body›

Then hopefully you'll find your links code in an area that's under this tag: ‹div id="menu"›
But if you're using someone else's template, the menu tag might not look exactly like that. If not, look for stuff that looks like your links: Google, BlogHouston, Lone Star Times, ect...

Then paste that code from above after the last one, which is Baboon Pirates. But put it -BEFORE- the ‹/ul› tag.

Click the orange button: Save Template Changes (I tried previewing and it kept asking for my login, so maybe preview will work for you. If so, it's safer to preview it first, so if you made an error, it's not saved. But if it does preview fine, save it with the orange button).

Now you'll need to REPUBLISH with the next page that loads. Go ahead and ignore the just republish index since your blog doesn't have that many entries yet, so it won't take a lot of time to republish.

I'll stop for now, since this might seem like a lot while you're learning it. But after a few times you'll have it down pat 8^)

shreela -AT- gmail.com if you have any questions

June 17, 2005 1:40 AM  
Blogger Shreela said...

Here's how to enter links into the body of your posts:

Enter in a whatever title, leave the LINK form empty (so that aggregators like Bloglines will get the link to your post, instead of to the article you're referencing).

Then write up your post, and enter in a teensy bit of html code whereever you want your reference link:
‹a href="LINK"›Title‹/a›

So a link to Google looks like this:
‹a href="http://www.google.com"›Google‹/a›

June 17, 2005 1:49 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Thanks for the RSS url, I didn't know what it was. OK, so I'm not quite as HTML clueless as I let on, but I am pretty pitiful. I prefer people to underestimate me a bit, that way I never disappoint! =D

June 19, 2005 8:21 AM  

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