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HTMLol April 4, 2011

Filed under: huh?,we so crazy — Elizabeth @ 12:17 AM

Sit down.  I have some news.

I am not technologically savvy.  I am not “with it”.

Shocking, I know.

The very fact that I have a blog that is up and running and semi well-kept (aside from the fact that now that I’ve changed my background, I can’t come up with a suitable size for any of my pictures.  They are either too small or completely cut off) is a miracle in and of itself.  I do not text.  I still see abbreviations on Facebook that I do not understand.  If you use fancy (anything more complicated than LOL) abbreviations, I cannot comment on your status, because I don’t understand it.

Four years ago, when Isaac was 2 weeks old, I had a minor panic attack because I wanted to share pictures of him and I had no idea how to upload to the kodak website.  This was way back yonder before blogs and Facebook were invented I was plugged in.  I had a Motorola Razr (heck, I still do)–wasn’t that fancy enough????

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still have a ways to go.  Just last week, I wanted to install a button (the pretty one to your right) on my sidebar and it took me forever (and one email to a friend) to figure it out.  I partly blame wordpress and their “edgy lingo”.  They make up words like “Blavatar” and expect regular people to automatically know what that means.  They encourage me to make my blog “sticky”.  I don’t know what that means, but I do know that nobody wants to go to a movie theater with sticky floors, so I’m thinking readership would drop dramatically if my blog became sticky.  (Just to reassure you neat freaks out there, my blog is cleaned and sanitized daily!).  With all this craziness, how is Joe the Plumber supposed to keep a blog going when they make it so complicated????  Elizabeth the Fitness Instructor is having a hard enough time as it is.  And she’s pretty smart.  I’m just sayin’.

But anyway, even though it’s way above my pay grade, and frankly premature since I only have about 17 dedicated readers, I really wanted to make a blog button.  Or badge.  Whatever it’s called.  I just think they’re fancy….and a couple of people had mentioned to me that it might be fun for me to add a linky on Whatnot Wednesdays so that others can join in.  Or maybe the same person just mentioned it twice.  I should look into her.  She could be a stalker.  Hi Lori.

Just kidding.  LOL (that means laughing out loud for those of you who are even worse off than I am).

So I poured a glass of whiskey and lit a cigarette and googled “How to Make a Blog Button”.  No, that’s too dramatic.  I actually had some sweet tea and was just sitting at the coffee table while Jason was watching some basketball game.  Something about the Final Four.  I’m not sure–it was all a blur.  No really–those basketball players run fast and I wasn’t wearing my glasses.  It was actually blurry.

I dove headfirst into HTML, which if I’m being honest, I used to think was just an abbreviation for Hotmail.  I cursed and pulled at my hair and threw my computer on the ground.  Okay, fine, I may be over-dramatizing again.  I whined and looked at Jason and said, “Baaaaaaabe!  I cannot figure this out!” and surfed through some WordPress help forums.  I tried over and over and emailed my friend, Lori, and kept asking her to try the code and see if it worked.  Thank goodness, she was being very encouraging and answering me in real time (on a Saturday night!), thus proving that neither of us have very exciting lives.  And then something clicked (more than likely, it was my mouse).


I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to replicate anything of this caliber again.  It was all like a dream.  But I have it.  My precious.  My button.  I even figured out how to make it “grab-able” (see sidebar), which was the hardest part!

So, if I can master this Mister Linky thing (which could be a stretch), we might just have us a party going on Wednesdays. So start de-cluttering your brain if you think you want to join in and link up.

Or you can just stop by to admire my button.  Just don’t leave a comment here telling me that they now teach “blog button making” in first grade.  Because that would force me to beat you over the head with my Motorola Razr.



13 Responses to “HTMLol”

  1. claudia Says:

    This is a hilarious button!! I promise to join in as soon as I can master the time management skills required to post more than once a week 🙂 So… ummmm…. maybe when my kids are at school! (Love your slogan! Strikes just the right balance of grossness and hilarity)

  2. christine m tomberlin Says:

    For one thing, a button should be round…you confused me. I clicked on the square and nothing happened….should something happen? I hate to tell you, but you are just on the edge of being more computer savvy that your olllldddd aunt. I will lkeep trying the “button” until something happens.

  3. Mom Says:

    So what do I do with this “button?” And please, what DOES “HTML” mean?

  4. Chaukie Says:

    You crack me up! I was thinking this would be a fun link-up, but never got around to saying anything. I look forward to it after tax season. Good job!

  5. Cari Says:

    As you must know by now, I too have become quite the HTML guru (??!!) from my dealings with creating my Girl Scout website (http://www.orgsites.com/al/girlscouts-troop91/). It was hilarious to figure out. I can only do really, really basic stuff, but I feel so proud that I CAN do it, regardless of how simple it may seem to others, so I’m with you, babe!

    Also, I follow you blog, so if you hadn’t counted me in, do so now. I just don’t know what they mean by “website” when you want to leave a message. Obviously, if you see this post, I’ve finally figured it out. I’ve tried to post several times.

    Lastly, to show how little I know. What does the button do and why would I want to grab it?

  6. Christy Says:

    Just to make you feel better: my phone is not as cool as a Motorola Razr, and I don’t have any idea how to make a cool button. So I’m impressed! Party on Wednesday! Sounds good!!! 🙂

  7. Elizabeth Says:

    Love that you’ve made a button for Whatnot Weds. But I have to admit that the thing that stuck with me most about this post was the excitement over TWO people now that I know who have Saturday nights of equal “excitement” to my own. I always get giddy when people comment on my FB posts on a Fri or Sat. night. Like it proves I’m not the only loser in the universe.
    What was this post about again?

  8. Kristen Says:

    For real, I barely know how to grab someone else’s button, let alone even begin to know how to create one of my own – I’m personally amazed and awed by this!

    I just retired by trusty Razr this weekend when Chris upgraded my cell for my birthday (he also promises to teach me how to turn it on and one day even use it to go online).

  9. Yvonne Says:

    I am in awe. Once again, Elizabeth, you amaze me and make me laugh.

    And I’ll be grabbing that button…soon!

  10. Joanna Says:

    Oh my what a nice button you have…

  11. Lori Says:

    I still don’t know how I missed this post (since I AM so technically savy:) but I’m so stoked about Whatnot Wednesdays!! And if you ever need assistance on Saturday night – I’m your gal!! I was watching the basketball game:)

  12. Jenny Says:

    Ok so are we going to all be able to post “whatnot wed” posts and link up with you??

    I will have to think about stuff for weeks to get things even half as funny as you, but that would be fun

    love the button, didn’t know you could make your own, thought I had to wait till my blog got huge enough to hire someone to make me one 🙂

  13. Grace Says:

    the only thing i have to say after reading this is that i nearly peed my pants reading that you thought HTML was an abbrviation for “hotmail.” !!! 😉

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