Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tag Clouds and Tutors

Several people have asked me how I put the Tag (Label) Cloud on my blog. It was done for me by a friend, Terry of Terry's Playpen and Paradise Discovered. He's the technical genius who, with much patience, put together the look I envisioned for my blog. Terry doesn't like to title himself as an html wizard, but he does classy things with his blog and posts that I didn't know were possible. On his "Playpen" he shows you how he does certain kinds of blog magic, like images that expand when you mouse over them, or definitions/articles about a subject in a post popping up if you click on them without you losing your place in what you were reading. I asked him if he would be had/could/would put up a post on how to add tag clouds to blogs. He generously responded and his post includes a link to the blogger whose web site he got his from. If you want to know how to do lots of cool things to your blog, I highly recommend visiting Terry's.

All work and no play would make Terry a dull boy, and that would be a lie because his stories are certainly not that. A couple of Terry's Playpen posts are stories pulled from a very private blog in kind hearted response to meme tags he was inflicted with by Shrinky, of Shrink Wrapped Scream, and me. His Paradise Discovered is almost totally story oriented. Terry's writings are of such high quality that I number him among those whose skill makes me wonder why they aren't listed on Blogs of Note, far better than mine. If you visit either of Terry's blogs please take time to leave him a comment. And please let me know when you get a tag cloud of your own up and working, I'll be interested in seeing it. Thanks!

28 comments:

Heather said...

Terry did a great job with you layout. I really like the way it looks. I use one of those "come see all our cute layouts and find something that somewhat comes close to what you want". I'm going to go check out Terry right now.

Have a great weekend.

Fletch said...

Thanks, FRIEND!

introspection said...

your post is really nice. thanks for info about your friend Terry. i would love to visit him and learn a few things as i know nothing about blogging.
i have been following your posts too.

Lee said...

Heather, Thank you! Your blog looks really cool with those stationary borders and that scrolling middle.

Cheers!

Lee said...

You're welcome, FRIEND! :-)

Lee said...

Hi Introspection, I'm delighted you like my post and are planning on visiting my friend.

Cheers!

david mcmahon said...

You're so right about Terry. He's one of those amazing blokes who never seeks any publicity for the tremendous help he has given many bloggers.

He was the one who helped me in my early days as a blog nivice.

I've enjoyed myself catching up on your last 10 days' posts. Have a wonderful weekend.

Lee said...

David, we are in absolute agreement about Terry. His help is invaluable! Introducing me to him is one of the best gifts you've ever given me!

One of the best things about becoming a blog of note has been the desire and need to write more regularly. Glad you've enjoyed my efforts.

Cheers!

Star said...

Dear Lee, Thanks very much for your advice re Terry's website. I took a look at it and using his advice and the Phydeaux site too, I have managed to add a Label Cloud to my Blog. I am very grateful because now my previoud Blogs are well organised and easy for the reader to see and find by category. Again, thanks for sharing the knowledge.
Blessings, Star

San said...

Terry put a lot of effort into your blog layout and it's so beautiful!

Lee said...

Way to go, Star! I've checked it out and it looks beautiful! Congratulations.

Cheers!

Lee said...

He sure did, San! Remembering all those back and forth discussions on different aspects during its creation remind me of how amazing it all was. Loved it then, still love it!

Hugs!

deandean said...

I am a new follower of Chrysalis Dreams...and I think I'll be for a long time...just love your theme.

Count Sneaky said...

Lee, Thanks for publishing these tips. God knows, improving the Count's site is like trying to pave a swamp.
It will never be a beautiful,
well written site. You have one of the few on the net.
My standards and energy levels are low to match my expectations.I'm 17 years older than you and yes,I too, try to reinvent my self daily:
"A little song, a little dance,
a shot of seltzer down the pants!" as Chuckles the Clown said. The best. Count Sneaky

Laila said...

Your blog looks beautiful. I wandered over to Terry's blog and love all the html tips he has posted there. Can't wait to apply some of his cool ideas to my own blog :-)

Thanks for bringing his blog to our attention :)

Lee said...

Thank you, Sally! I'm glad you like my place! When I visited yours I found it thoughtful and bringing back small memory moments that I've yearned for. I'll be sure to visit more.

Cheers!

Lee said...

Thank you, Count Sneaky. Your excellant site has no need of fancy gimmicks or polishing, the writing does it all.

Cheers!

Lee said...

Hi Lalia, and welcome! Glad you stopped by Terry's. He is awesome isn't he. :-) Hope you'll stop back and let me know when you've put the tech tips in place. I'd love to see the results.

Cheers!

Mithe said...

Great layout Lee...
I liked it on the first glance

Lee said...

Thank you, Mithe! I'm glad you find it attractive. I visited your place and felt the same about your page.

Peace!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Great blog and fantastic layout!!
I need to re-did mine but just never have a chance. I really love your's :)
You take good care and.......

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Prabath said...

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Vinita said...

Would love to read Terry's blog. The look of any blog is important as it can either put off the reader or invite more readers. Great work.

david mcmahon said...

Hope all is well, Lee. Haven't seen an update here for a long time.

Phoenix said...

Captivating, full of life and the spirit of spring - thats how I'd describe the look of your blog. Very well done.

Anna said...

Hey Lee, Terry did amazing job, I love the color scheme - so lovely, and this is such a lovely header too. Thanks for sharing your resources. Anna :)

Sunshine of Life said...

hi, i already posted my story and could u leave a comment. thanks.

Double-Dolphin said...

Haven't heard from you in quite a while Lee, all well?