Improvements to make your surfing easier

Ok, so first off, the "Random Blog" button opens in a new window, so it'll be easier for you to continually click on it by just closing the window that opens whenever you finish. I am still working on a version where the button is continuously at the top of the page, and the random blogs appear in the bottom.

Secondly, I've added a search box to quickly search through all blogs in the directory. I thought this was a pretty cool idea and I'm glad I got it to work. All it does is include "link:" in the search query. So if your blog has a link to mine on it, it will be included in these search results.

On a sidenote, to help with the proficiency of the search box...Blogger, by default, surrounds link lists with a [MainOrArchivePage] tag. This means that your link list will not appear on individual item pages. So, in other words if you have a post from last April about puppies and someone searches for puppies with this box, if my link doesn't appear on that puppies post page, your blog won't come up in the search results.

Ok, that sounded really confusing probably if you don't really understand what you are doing. To test this, click on the link for any individual post page on your blog. Does my link (along with the other blogs you link to) appear on this page? If so, don't worry, you're fine! If not, go into your template and find the area with your links code. Before and after this code you should see [MainOrArchivePage] and [/MainOrArchivePage] respectively (only with < and > instead of [ and ]). You need to get rid of these! Besides, don't you want your links to appear on every page of your blog? I know I do!

If you need any more help with this concept, please just let me know! And if you have any opinions about these changes and additions, I look forward to hearing from you.


chumly said…
Sounds fine to me!
Dr. A said…
Thanks for the sidenote. Wondered what MainOrArchive Page meant.
Edukator said…
Awesome Blog. Love it! Love it! Love it! I just started blogging and have been randomly searching blogs. When the internet first started we used to "surf" but his is no longer really possible. I love random blogging it's the new surfing. Great work. You're linked to my blog!
Julie said…
I'm liking the new light blue/dark blue color scheme.

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