Okay, guys, I see a lot of links sections in your sidebars with the tell-tale words "Edit-Me." People are asking me how to add links. Okay, a few quick hints:
1. If you actually click where it says Edit Me, it takes you to a help page on how to do it. Mind you, I'm not sure how helpful the help page is. I haven't looked at it.
2. The links section is part of your template. If you click on the tab labeled Template in your Blogger control panel, you'll see a page of all the coding that tells Blogspot what your blog looks like and where things go in it. Scroll down, almost to the bottom. You'll see something that looks like this:
(If you right click and save these pictures, they should be a bit more readable.)
This is an unordered list (ul), and each line begins with a list item tag (li). Paste the links you want between the quotation marks in each line, and put the name of the blog or whatever where it says Google News or Edit-Me. You can paste in as many lines as you want, as long as they all start with li and end with /li with the /ul at the very end. Now it should look something like this:
Click the Republish button.
3. For how to keep up with non-AOL blogs: go to http://www.bloglines.com/, sign up, and read through what they do there. Basically, it's a way to look at everything that's been posted to blogs on your subscription list since you last checked. I've been lazy about doing this myself, 'cause it's a little confusing, and I was mostly depending on AOL Alerts instead. You too, huh? But check out the bottom of my sidebar. There's a little button that makes subscribing to Outpost relatively painless. If you want, you can add one of those handy-dandy buttons to yours, too, to help other people find their way back to you. The procedure is similar to adding links - just paste the HTML Bloglines gives you into your sidebar section, with a line break (br) before and after it.
4. People are getting upset because they publish an entry, and then can't see it right away. Been there, done that! This is a problem with the AOL internal browser, and sometimes with Internet Explorer. Emptying your cache and deleting history may or may not help. But if you do your blogging in Netscape, and reload the page, you see the entry right away! Also, IE doesn't seem to retain formatting if you're pasting stuff from elsewhere. Netscape does. I haven't tried Firefox - that might be good too. Somebody please let me know!
Update: please see the comments to this post for a couple of really good tips from Shelly and Robbie. Also, a thousand thank yous to Shelly for finding the source of my glitch on Messages from Mâvarin. The trick is to keep those photos narrow enough to fit the space alloted. I thought I had, but I missed one! - KFB