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Wanted: Fairy Blogmother

I am looking for a Fairy Blogmother. Do you know where I might find one? As a newbie blogger (just a couple of months old), I find myself at a loss at times for technical support, bloggy etiquette and the like. I'm thinking a Fairy Blogmother can fly to my rescue, wave her mouse around and help a sister out! I even installed a special door for her near my laptop!


Fairy Blogmother, a lovely welcome reception area would be much appreciated. What about a lovely blog of your own with a few gentle tips on how to go about your journey through the land of Blog? You could share advice on how to interact with the natives, how to speak the language, etc. You could advise on the finer points of leaving a calling card (aka comment). Maybe you could share decorating ideas too! How about some blog improvement classes like "How to Grow into a 3 Column Blog" or "Create Your Own Header"?

Blog Etiquette classes would be most welcome too! When I was a newcomer to the land of Blog, I didn't know what "lurk" or "comment" meant. I was asked (and not so nicely, I might add,) by an "anonymous" blogger via email to stop visiting blogs if I was only going to lurk and not comment! Whoa nellie! It's not like I'm Joe Window Peeper! I had no idea what "lurk" or "comment" even meant! I just blundered along and "faked it till I made it" kinda thing! Oh, Fairy Blogmother, if only I could've known you back then...sigh...

To lurk or not to lurk, that is the question...

Here's my take on lurking, Fairy Blogmother...I am doing good to get a blog post up most days. I LOVE reading my fellow bloggers. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating a post. Sometimes, I just have a few spare moments to breeze around Blogland and flit in for a visit. Sometimes I can sprinkle comments all around. Sometimes my wee ones cry from the distance for my assistance and I have to return to my homeland without sprinkling a single comment. Darn it! There are amazing writers here in Blogland! If I had time to comment on every blog I read, I certainly would do so! I do know that for approx. every 10 comments a blogger receives, that blogger has received approx. 60-80 lurkers. (Stats from blogger...) If comments are showered upon me by visitors, I jump up and down while clapping my hands excitedly! I do love comments! I love lurkers just as much! If you are just strolling by and want to peep in the window, fine by me! So whether you're lurking or commenting, I am just happy that you're here!

Another murky area is blog following. It was recently brought to my attention that blogger only allows you to follow up to 200 blogs. Yikes! I'm almost there now! I have so many blogs I want to follow, but I don't want to lose my old pals either! I recently learned about the Google Reader. I am giving that a whirl now. I still want my bloggy buddies to know that I want to add myself as their follower, but I'm running out of room! Fairy Blogmother, you need to work your magic on blogger to change that stinky rule!

As kindly mentioned above, blog improvement classes would be so appreciated, Fairy Blogmother! "How to Create a 3 Column Blog" would be the first class I would attend! (Just a hint.. I'm a copy and paste kind of gal, so any code that I can copy and paste is right up my alley!) I know how to change the background. (Thanks Cutest Blog on the Block for that handy tip!) Also, I enjoy having a new look on occasion and can't always afford to have it designed for me. (plus I'm not patient...some of these designers have long wait times...rightfully so, their work is fabulous!) I have some digital scrapbooking skills and know some HTML code. I don't mind doing my own thing, Fairy Blogmother. I just want to go to a 3 column without spending 3 months trying to sort out how to do it! Again, copy and paste code...it's a beautiful thing.

A database of blog designers, "shops" for free blog decor, etc. would be so very helpful too! Think of the time bloggers would save if everything were in one space! Maybe you could have guests share their tips on how to decorate your little piece of blog heaven!

And while I have your attention, Fairy Blogmother...how do I make my own header? I can't seem to make the right size to fit! I know I can purchase headers, etc. Been there, done that. I would like to customize my own. Help me, Fairy Blogmother! Again, FB, I really love the copy and paste stuff!

I do know of a lovely blog fairy, Ms. Erin who so kindly shared in a post how to do the whole "scratch" thingy. I had figured it out a few days before stumbling upon her post, but man alive, it took me forever! I wish I would have discovered her post before my long dark descent into google trying to find the scratch code! (Fellow Blog citizens, click on her name up there to link to her posty. You'll be scratchin' in no time!)

So, are you out there, Fairy Blogmother? I am anxiously awaiting your call..blog...thump on the head...

Looking forward to a long and happy friendship, Fairy Blogmother!

p.s. I would like to give a shout out to Blog Stalkers Unite for the wonderful job it's doing spreading the love around the land of Blog! I felt warmly welcomed there! I am happy to be a part of the BSU community!

p.s.s. A course in Award etiquette would be welcome too! That can be very confusing for newbies!

Comments

Kristina P. said…
I am pretty familiar with the blogging etiquette, so to speak, but when it comes to making things (headers, columns) I am an idiot.

I love my Reader so much. Except that for some reason, it's not updating blogs for weeks! It told me that a blog had 10 new posts, and when I went to look, she has been blogging this whole time.
Me said…
I look to Kristina P for all my etiquette...

As for layouts and such...I can be of some assistance.....just email me.

In the mean time:
http://sjhblogdesign.blogspot.com/

-will instruct on how to turn your blog into a 3 column, or install cute backgrounds...etc

OR

http://www.simplyfabulousbloggertemplates.com/

-has some pre-made 3 column templates that you copy and paste into your html.....

Html is a little intimidating..but very do-able!

I would be more than happy to help you! Just send me an email.

And I second the notion on google reader!
Randi Troxell said…
if you find a bloggyfairy let me know! sometimes i need heeeelllpp too!
Erin said…
I love the idea of a fairy blogmother. Someone, please, start a blog that gives us all of the answers!!!
pam said…
What the heck is scratch? I am off to look into it!

Did you read my post about Mandy who made my blog header, she does her services for a donation to the MS society.

Good luck!

ps. that 200 limit is ridiculous.
blognut said…
Fairy Blogmother's sounds like a business opportunity for someone....
I have to agree with everything you said...a fairy blogmother would be an answered prayer. I have no clue about html (I can do a couple things but that's it) having someone put all the info in one place would be great!
kel said…
I need a blogger fairy too!
annie kelleher said…
i could use a fairy blogmother myself!!! when you find her, send her my way when you're done with her? :)
blueviolet said…
You know I am wondering now that they've integrated Google Connect into the followers thing if that 200 limit has been lifted. I don't see how they could possibly have a limit when trying to build a social network like that! Push your limit and then let me know. There are lots of people I would like to add that I haven't because I'm full!
Noah's Mommy said…
think there is a help group? I fly by the seat of my pants all the time....have no idea...but seems to be working out alright...
Debbie said…
Techy stuff is sometimes beyond me but I will try to help anytime I can! Just ask:)
momof3girls said…
I am so new to blog land I had no clue that there was any difference between lurking & see I already forgot the opposite - but I did learn I need to post comments from your lovely cry for help! Thanks for being kind to us even newer newbies here at blogland.
Robyn Jones said…
LOL! Looks like you are doing pretty good to me!!!! But your post made me giggle anyways. I am just happy if I can type without making a spelling mistake.

I scratched something once...
Oh...wait. That's not what you meant...
Kathy said…
A Fairy Blogmother - brilliant! Amanda at The Blogger Buster is the nearest thing I have found to a Fairy Blogmother. Amanda can be found at www.bloggerbuster.com You may have to search around her site to find what you're looking for, but her instructions are so easy to follow! (I do wonder about the whole award thing myself.)
mama's smitten said…
I really hope someone considers you idea ! I have all the same questions!!! Thanks for all the bloggy facts and tip syou shared!
Susan said…
I design blogs, but if you are looking for tips and hints on how to do your own I can give you a *free* hand. Just ask away.
Karies place said…
I'm under the impression that there is no limit. I've seen several blogs with OVER 200 and still going.
Badass Geek said…
I'm pretty Blogger-savvy if you need some help.

I've done some work for a couple of my blogger friends, and I have boatloads of free time.

E-mail me if you'd like.
CaJoh said…
Being a generalist I typically can figure out anything&mdashp; so if you get stuck you can always e-mail me… I will be glad to assist.

I am working on my own professional blog, but it will have other things other than blogging how-to's in it. Once I get enough written I will let people know.
The Boob Nazi said…
There's nothing wrong with reading a blog and not commenting! Yeah it's kind of irritating because you don't necessarily know who's reading your blog, but there's nothing wrong with that. Please.
I use google reader to keep track of all my blogs. I really like it (google.com/reader) I make my headers on adobe photoshop. If you go under header you can upload your own pic and I think it tells you what size to use. Connie at Living Beautifully has some nice tutorials. She also is really helpful if you ask.
The Blonde Duck said…
I don't understand why that lady would get mad at you. Comments aren't required by law. If you want to read a blog, you should be able to.

I need to get a reader. I think it would help.

And about the comments--I've seriously been falling behind b/c of crap going on at work. I wish I could do better at it.
The Dotterel said…
Your wish is my command...
http://tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com/ hasn't been updated for ages, but it contains lots and lots of useful information.
There's also
http://usefulcomputerhelp.blogspot.com/
for more general computer-related stuff.
*pfoosh*
babyrocasmama said…
Email me, I have some resources for you. =)

I also found some cute layouts for you here http://www.giselejaquenod.com.ar/blog/blogger-templates/

And what happened to your Wordle yesterday? =(
Kristin said…
I need help too. I am fairly tech illiterate. When your find her will you share.
Jenni Jiggety said…
I don't know if I am qualified to be anyone's fairy godmother...but I am happy to help if you ever need it!
Deb said…
jenners at life with a little one and more just did a great tribute to sneaky momma (sneakymomma.blogspot.com)... that's where i learned how to fix my header. she has a whole step by step deal for 3 columns. if you do it, let me know... i am too scared to try. as for etiquette, i can help you!

so far, so good... you are doing fine!
Jillene said…
Don't ask me. I have NO idea about any of this stuff. I just go with the flow!!
tink said…
Well I am a fairy but not an intelligent bloggy fairy. I changed mine from 2 column to 3 and it took me forever to figure that one out that I have no clue how to do it again! Ha. Looks like you got some great advice! Thanks for visiting my blog!
BoufMom9 said…
Ok, for a 3 column blog, go here:
http://bguide.blogspot.com/2008/02/3-columns-step-by-step-guides.html

I find the easiest way to do it is to take your blog background to minima.

As for headers... you can make a good cheap one on Scrapblog.com, then you can go to Picnik.com and upload it there and resize it. For most blog headers, you want it to be around 700x500 or smaller, but no smaller than 600 across.

ps I would be happy to help you out with a header or whatever you might be looking for. Just shoot me an email any time.
Claire said…
I have plenty of lurkers on my blog, but I'm not complaining! I can't believe someone yelled at you about that. I say: WHATEVER.

I'm like you, I've learned so much by just crashing around and trying to figure it out for myself. I still have a long way to go!
Shauna said…
I am now following your blog! I l♥ve it! Thanks for all your sweet comments and for being such a great friend! ♥ Hugs :)
What a cute post. I am right there with you on that. I started blogging in January and there is so much I don't know. I have also been accused of being a lurker. I didn't know that was wrong. I just like looking around at all the fun blogs. I do have my daughter to help me with the banner and some technical things. I also want to follow more than 200 blogs. I am at my limit and I am not happy about it.
You are a good writer. Have a wonderful Friday !
~Sue~
Tracy said…
Mine, by Magpie is my Fairy Blogmother... she set up my entire blog. And when I break something... ummmm Magpieeeeeee hellllpppppp meeeee!! To top it all off she's the nicest ever! ((sigh)) I heart her. hahahaa!!!

I'm pretty new to the blog world too. I just joined SITS (button on my blog) and am hoping to have a following.

And as always... I love my mother hen comments. I love them if you leave them or not, I know you read :) That's all that matters... that someone out there is reading my rants and thinking I'm crazy. hahahahaa!!!

xoxoxox
Lorie said…
I am happy to help in any way I can. I know a little about a lot of stuff and a lot about a little bit of stuff! ;D

But I can usually find the answers I need!!
Debra said…
Oh, how I love thee! You are a wonderful blogger. I am definitely not a Fairy Blogmother. I do good to get a visit from the Clue Fairy every now and then. And what is wrong with being a lurker? I lurk a lot!Heck, if the old heifer is offended by you lurking, tell her to "bite me" and set her blog up to be "members only". That can be done, you know. Gimme her name and I will give her a little something to think about. I am PMS'ing and looking for a fight...ha,ha! Just kidding about looking for a fight part but I don't like it when people are rude to me, my family, or my friends!
Jenners said…
I can actually help you! I just did a post not too long ago that linked to some blogging help by the lovely Sneaky Momma -- it covered pretty much all that you asked about and more. Her blog is

http://sneakymomma.blogspot.com/

and the tips are on her left toolbar.

I also did another post with stuff I had found at various places. That post is here. The blog stuff can be found at the bottom.

http://mrsfligs.blogspot.com/2008/12/10-things-i-learned-over-holidays.html

As for awards, I almost never follow the rules and no one has complained yet. I make up my own rules about how to pass them on and such. My only rule is to make sure I publicly acknowledge the person who gave me the award. I also have a little slide show on my blog to show the awards. I think Sneaky Momma has stuff on that too.

I didn't know that about the lurkers ... cool! I think that whoever called you out is totally uncool. We all have busy lives -- anyone should be happy to be read, I think!

And I just started using Google Reader because it makes my blogging time more efficient -- so many blogs, so little time.

I hope this helps! : )
Nightowl Mama said…
I've searched your blog and I cant find your google adsense to click. DId you sign up? that's what blogger bail out click fest is about. Luv all your posts. Reminds me of back when. Looks like you received a lot of wonderful advice. the blogger Guide.com has a great resource as well.
LORI said…
I TOTALLY AGREE...I'M A "POINT AND SHOOT" (THINK CAMERA HERE, NOT RIFLE) KIND OF GAL, AND WOULD LOVE "ONE STOP SHOPPING" TIPS ABOUT THE FINER POINTS OF BLOG CONSTRUCTION! FOR FREE? YUP, I'D LOVE THAT TOO!
A Psych Mommy said…
Visiting you from SITS--I would love a fair blogmother too!

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