Friday, July 23, 2010

5 Things I Learned This Week-#79 (Hippos, Blog Catalog, Casper, Widgets)

Widget Titles

At Design it Chic this week, I learned that to put a widget in my sidebar without a title, all I have to do is put this code in the title section:

.  Simple enough!  She has lots of other great tips on blogging too.  I've added this to my blog roll.

Casper, The Friendly Ghost

Remember Casper? When I read the flap of Confessions of the Prairie Bitch, I learned that the mother of the actress who played Nellie on "Little House on The Prairie" did the voice for Casper, The Friendly Ghost! I plan to read this one next.

Blog Catalog

I tried signing up my book blog in Blog Catalog and added their widget but every time I check to see if it's there, it shows it as "declined." I have no idea why. I read through the guidelines and do not see any that I violated unless they consider the Amazon ads for the books as spam. Could that be? I contacted them by email but do not get any response back. My other three blogs are all in it.  UPDATED 7/23/10 at 9:27 p.m.:
I got this response back today from Blog Catalog so guess I have to remove most of the Amazon ads to be accepted:
It was declined because it looks to much like spam.
This is more of a website in order to sell your books.


By reading Zoo Story Gerard shared with me this tidbit of information: Hippos kill more people in Africa in a year than both lions and elephants combined! Watch out for those hippos!! His review of this book is up on Grab A Book From Our Stack now.

Blog Badge

I found out how to make a blog badge this week at Blogging Is My New Hobby. Think I'll give it a try for my book blog.

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Rebecca Mecomber said...

I've recently had problems with BlogCatalog. I've had my travel blog on there for years, when it was suddenly rejected. ?? Weird.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Oops, I thought I had the badge how-to scheduled for next Friday but it got published early so I moved it into this post today. Here are the two comments that were on it:

July 23, 2010 10:48 AM
Sandee said...

That's a great thing to learn for this week. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

Have a terrific day and weekend Karen. :)

July 23, 2010 3:54 PM
BeadedTail said...

That is something I need to do and keep putting off. Thanks for the link!

Unknown Mami said...

I had no idea Hippos were so dangerous and I find the tid bit about the voice of Casper to be very interesting.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Melanie said...

It's amazing how many people are not aware that hippos are such dangerous (to humans) animals, instead of the sweet and cuddly ones they think they are! :)

aka Smellyann

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