My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Madness Monday -- Asking for Help #2

If you live in certain areas of the East Coast, you know that it has been a very rainy, windy and cold weekend. A perfect time to spend the day or days writing your blog, reading others, using new templates to create a new face for your blog, or if you are like me (and I doubt you were), just trying to fix up the old format. What a huge time waster, and I mean hours and hours. I couldn't even get the colors to match. I did, in fact, try the beta format for the new, templates and then in a second it was wiped out. Truth be told, I don't think I saved it. So with the frustration intact, I went back to the old. It is just madness, but there aren't any questions as yet on this topic. Read all about the new version from Blogger Buzz, also, Tom MacEntee wrote about it.  However, even with my failure, I enjoyed seeing some of the newly created designs during the weekend, such as Apple's at Apple's Tree, Midge's at Granite in my Blood, and Heather's at Nutfield Genealogy.

I hope you all like my same, old blog. One quick question, how in the heck do I make my photo go all the way across? Before this new version, it went to within 1" on the right, then I removed it to try again, and I get this small photo.

Les Larrabee of  Bits and Pieces wrote the following to me, as he was trying to leave a comment on my Foote blog, "I can't always post a comment to the type of comment field in your blog and others using that style. I use firefox for a browser but Explorer doesn't work either. Do you ever have that problem?" Later, he provided more information, "I just tried it using Explorer and got the same results but this time it gave a message that the comment would not process. And again it's not just your blog, its any with your style comment field. The google blogger style and the one that asks for and email address both work OK. It does drive me crazy so it fits Monday madness" And, he is asking me? Is there anybody who can answer his question?  Thanks Les.  I seem to receive quite a few comments, so I'm not sure what is going on.  Can anybody help Les? And, thanks Les, great question.

Happy follow up.  Thank you to Apple at Apple's Tree.  She was able to resize my blog photo, and I'm very happy.  It is almost like having a "Brick Wall" come down, the blog looks normal!


reh ncw said...

I can not help. I have been unwilling to even try ----- so many of our tried and trues have changed just since March 1---making trhis a true March madness for many of us. Good Luck but as for me I am still trying to learn the new Family Search, new and get a handle on Gensmart.

Barbara said...

Ruth, I loved this reply because I can see I am not alone. Just imagine all the new researchers trying to learn these things. Keep on plugging, I'm with you all the way.

Heather Rojo said...

Barb, I can't seem to make the photo on my new blog format fit the way I want it either. So I'm just leaving it as is, or I'll go nuts! It will have to do, and that's it! Also, I've experienced Les's problem on some blogs (not yours) and sometimes I have to just keep pressing "post comment" and eventually it takes it. Sometimes I just have to give up and write an email!

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

I was checking Google Reader and noticed one blog of mine appeared 3 times. It was posted on the day I finally went to my new blog after about 3 days of work on it. I'm pleased, but it wasn't snap, crackle, pop, as I had expected. It was more like fuss, pout and scream! I say...stay with your format, and keep writing. It will add variety to the rest of our rather "commonly" formatted blogs.
Kathleen, a3Genealogy

Barbara said...

Thanks Kathleen. And now with the good weather coming, I'm less likely to play around with my blog, as in trying to make it "perfect."

Barbara said...

Thank you to Apple at She was able to resize my blog photo, and I'm very happy. Thank you again.