Monday, August 23, 2010

The Intimidating World of Adoption Blogs!

Okay, so ya'll need to understand that this whole blogging world is still entirely new to me and oh so overwhelming at times! Just over three months ago I remember looking at Joshua and commenting on how there was no stinking way I was going to do a blog because after looking at all these other adoption blogs I was completely blown away and intimidated! So I thought it best to not even try... I'm a real winner. (o;  Seriously though, you gals are talented and creative and amaze me at your ability to write so well and design cool templates and yadda yadda!

Well, thankfully I got past the intimidation of it all and decided to take on the challenge and I humbly began my journey of figuring out what a "gadget" or "widget" was and how I was going to design our template (PS when I say "design" our template, I mean find a free blogger template online somewhere- I'm not even going to attempt figuring out all these stupid HTML codes!). I stayed up late night after late night trying to get everything set up so that it was actually functional! I will NEVER be a computer programer that's for sure! (Kudos to my dad who's gone back to school to figure this stuff out- you're a smart man!)

So I must say that tonight I am skeptically proud of myself for thinking that I might just have figured out how to do the whole "Grab Our Button" thing that so many of you bloggers out there have! I am scared to even announce it truthfully because I only think I have it figured out... But feel free to check it out on the right side of the blog under the "About Me" section and let me know if I did it right!

For those of you who are like me about three months ago and are sitting there wondering what the heck a "button" is.. from what I gather, it's just a nifty way to promote your blog. Other's can grab your button and put in on their blog as a way of showing their support. So yeah, it doesn't sound so exciting when I say it like that... but everyone's doing it, so it must be cool! (o; I think I said that in Jr High to my parents as well.

Well, my head hurts from all this copying and pasting of HTML codes to figure out exactly how this thing was to work, so I think it's time for bed- but just thought I'd share! And a BIG thanks to all the incredibly gifted and talented adoption blogging mama's out there who don't seem to judge all the new-bee's that come along and try and copy some of your ideas! (o;


  1. Hi Hilary,
    Be are doing a great job! We got your blog link from Aaron Searles and I've really enjoyed reading about your adoption experience. I just reposted your ethiopia video on was really touching. Keep writing! :)

  2. You are doing a great job. Adding the button :)

  3. You're doing great!! I was the same way trying to figure out all the blog stuff when we started ours in April...lots of late nights at the computer! I just like to write...not all the "techy" things, so it was hard to get it all started! And I'm so impressed you figured out how to make a button...still haven't done that! I may need some tips! :)

  4. I love the button! Good work :) I don't know how to make a button either! haha!

  5. The look of the button is great--the grab the code is not right. :) Where it says "your button url" you were supposed to have put the web address where your image is hosted. :)

  6. Ahhh!!! I knew I was "skeptically optimistic" for a reason! Shucks, I still had it wrong! Thanks Kelly for letting me know... I THINK I fixed it but changing what you said- but will you let me know if I did or not? I'm sorry, thanks so much!


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