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November 11, 2013

Book Lovers - Download a Free Blogger Template and Kickstart a Year of Classic Literature

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For the past few months I've been working on a literary side-project: Harvard Classics 365, through which I'm producing eBooks and a daily updated blog of classic literature for daily reading throughout 2014.

I realise that Blogger Buster readers may find posts about literature a little "off topic".  To appeal to all +Blogger  users, I've created a free template for everyone to enjoy, and would appreciate any support from those who are interested to help launch my literary project on Kickstarter.

September 16, 2013

Free Blogger Template - Responsive Portfolio

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For those looking for a beautiful responsive template for their Blogger site, look no further!

Responsive Portfolio is a free, professionally designed template for your Blogger site with many useful features. Developed for those who want to showcase their portfolio, it includes the ability to display a jQuery carousel, and the whole template adjusts according to the size of the device it is viewed on.

Features of this template include:

  • Fluid width and responsive image size
  • jQuery carousel which can be placed anywhere in the template (or even in a blog post!)
  • All fonts and colours can be changed using the Blogger Template Designer
  • Elegant design and classic layout
  • Plenty of room for all of your widgets
Take a look at the demo site and resize your browser window to see how the template responds, or simply download Responsive portfolio to begin using this template right away!

September 11, 2013

Setting Up WWW Custom Domain on Blogger (Updated for 2013)

Having spent a little time away from blogging, I recently discovered that properly setting up custom domains with Blogger has changed a little. I realised that some of my sites were no longer reachable at their "naked" domain (as in bloggerbuster.com, without the www), and that setting up a new custom domain now requires verification.

Unfortunately the current instructions on Blogger Help don't quite cover all of the steps required to set up a custom domain, so for those of you who may need help I'll clarify the full process here.

January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wishing all Blogger Buster readers a very happy start to the New Year!

October 18, 2012

Finding and Installing Unofficial Blogger Templates

In addition to the numerous templates provided by Blogger, you can find hundreds (if not thousands!) of Blogger templates created by independent designers. From simple, customisable designs through to industry-specific layouts and obscure themes, there is something to suit every taste and circumstance.

This post outlines the basics of finding and installing unofficial Blogger templates, both free and premium designs, so that you may enjoy changing the appearance of your Blogger site as often as you like!

September 27, 2012

The Blogspot 100 - Top Blogger Sites of 2012

As a dedicated Blogger enthusiast, I'm very interested to learn more about the sites hosted on Google's free blogging platform.

So I decided to find out which popular sites are powered by Blogger to build upon the list curated in 2008 in order to find the most popular Blogspot sites (including those which use custom domains).

After gathering a huge amount of links to sites hosted on Blogger (whittled down to 350 for the final analysis) I set about scoring and ranking each site according to the following criteria:
  • Pagerank
  • Inbound links
  • Alexa Rank
  • Facebook shares
  • Twitter Mentions
  • Google+1s
  • Google Reader feed subscribers
With the exception of Pagerank, these sites were scored in relation to each other, with each element scored on a scale of 1-350. Data for these rankings were gathered between July and August 2012.

Alexa ranking was scored first as this value is unique to each website. In instances where sites had an equal value to another, scoring would secondly depend on this Alexa score in order to give each site a unique score.

Pagerank for each site was allocated as Pagerank*10, where 0 is the lowest score and 100 (PR10) was potentially the highest.

The total possible score for each website is therefore on a scale of 6-2200.

In order of total score, here are the most popular Blogger powered sites for 2012:

1. Postsecret 

Score: 2131
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. It began as an experiment on January 1st 2005, and has gained a worldwide following through the weekly updated website, book releases and exhibition tour.

September 24, 2012

All About Blogger - Infographic!

After curating DailyGraphics.info for quite some time, I was disappointed at being unable to find an infographic celebrating my favourite blogging platform. So I decided to create my own!

For your enjoyment, here is my "All About Blogger" infographic. It is a rather large image which is best viewed at full resolution, so you ma want to click the graphic and view in the lightbox mode or right-click to save to your computer.

Feel free to share this infographic if you like it! Since this is the first information visualisation I've designed, I appreciate your comments or suggestions for future (Blogger-related) designs.

August 14, 2012

Alternative Lorem Ipsum Generator - It's Adventure Time!

Adventure Time Filler Text and Random Image Generator
If you've been reading Blogger Buster for a while, you may have noticed my affection for quirky filler text generators which I use to quickly add content to Blogger template demo sites.

As a side project, I decided to code my own filler text generator, based on dialogue from my favourite animated series, Adventure Time. Check it out at http://filler-text.blogspot.com - you can generate a full page of content (including headings and lists); a number of paragraphs, and even placeholder images based on various Adventure Time episodes. 

It makes a great alternative to Lorem Ipsum text and best of all, it's powered by Blogger!

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