Saturday, April 05, 2008

Read More! Not Today!

Yesterday I thought I’d write about Consequences by Penelope Lively. Then I had a good idea (not!) – I'd write it as an expandable post, as I’ve seen this feature on other blogs. The idea is that you display a small amount of the post at the beginning and then users who want to read the rest of the post can click on a link like "Read More" to see the full text. I looked in Blogger Help and there is an article explaining how to do this.

Well, I can’t get it to work and I’ve wasted most of yesterday afternoon, and a big chunk out of today trying to get it to work and it just won’t. I’m getting quite frustrated with Blogger. It puts spaces in my posts where I don’t want them or moves paragraphs together when I want them apart. I write the post in Word first, but inserting photos in the post is a nightmare – it’s so difficult to make them go where I want them and then the spacing has gone wild again.

So the Consequence is that there is no post on Consequences today. Maybe another day.

8 comments:

Terri said...

Sorry to hear about your frustrations, Margaret. My guess is that Word is inserting a lot of code that interferes with how you want it to look. Word has its own way of doing things and I find myself more than frustrated when I try to import it to other things.

I'd suggest writing it directly into Blogger if that's possible. Then it's WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get (usually, though it also requires a bit of manipulation when you're inserting photos). Hope the next one goes better.

BooksPlease said...

Thanks Terri, but I did try writing directly in Blogger for the expandable post. It's the code and where to put it that's the problem. The blog template does not match the Blogger Help instructions.

Terri said...

I haven't tried the expandable post. The only info I could find involved some rather complicated java script (and some rather nasty comments from bloggers about trying to get it to work!). Sorry I can't help you out there.

BooksPlease said...

Thanks again Terri, I think I'll have to forget it.

Danielle said...

I use Typepad (though it is a subscriptions service not free) and am pretty happy with it. I think we have that option of showing only part of a post and then clicking to expand it, though I have not tried it. If you have a problem Typepad has a help section and you can also email them and they are very good about getting back to you. I hate to say it, but I really don't like Blogger. Nearly all the other group blogs I belong to use Blogger and I don't post on them very often for the exact reasons you mention. I do usually want to cut and paste from Typepad over to Blogger, so I know I am running into problems, but it can be so incredibly frustrating that I try and avoid it altogether. Sorry you spent so much time on it. I know that feeling well--you just want it to work and so you waste time trying to fix something that doesn't want to be fixed!! If it's any consolation your posts always look good from the reader's end, so I don't even have any idea that you are having any problems! And I'm looking forward to hearing about the Lively book!

Les said...

Margaret, you might want to switch over to the Edit HTML mode (rather than Compose) when you paste your Word document into a new Blogger post. I've found that to work the cleanest without adding all of Word's code. As far as the expandable post, I haven't a clue. And to be quite honest, I prefer to read from the regular style rather than have to click "Read more." Just my two cents. :) Good luck!

Angela Young said...

I was just going to suggest what Les suggested ... working in Edit html on Blogger means that you can cut and paste the code for, for instance, a photograph and move it wherever you want to move it. That's what I've found works anyway.

But oh I so sympathise with the frustrations of trying to make something work when it won't ... .

BooksPlease said...

Thanks Danielle, Les and Angela.

For my next post on the Sunday Salon I typed it in the Edit HTML code and it did work better for me - just a few times the paragraphs didn't behave properly, so it was less frustrating.