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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Adding html code to Blogger

First, let me say that if I can learn to do this, anyone can.

Here goes.

Sign in to your blogger account and click on your blog name. You should see the page that offers you a chance to edit previous posts. Above there are several tabs. Click on "Template."

On the Template page, you will see a box full of code that makes your blog look the way it looks.

Scroll down slowly; look for
Begin sidebar

(It's going to have arrows and lines around it.)

Below that you'll find all the things that are in your sidebar (your profile, previous posts, blogroll, links).

At the end of the sidebar material you will see
End sidebar

You want to cut and paste the webring html somewhere within those two. Probably the easiest way to do this is to find "End Sidebar" and then use the mouse to locate your cursor just above it. Have the html ready; it should be in an e-mail you received. Highlight it, then use Control-C to copy it. Now locate your cursor in the Template box and use Control-V to paste the html.

Beneath the template box are several buttons. Click on "Preview." A preview of your blog will open in a new window. If the Web Ring is in your sidebar, you are all set! Go back to the template page and click on "Save Template Changes." If not, click on "Clear Edits" and ask a teenager to help you! No, seriously, if that doesn't work, e-mail the ring address ( or e-mail me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Typepad -- from Emily

Here is a snippet of what Dave Paisley emailed a
Blogging Episcopalian who was having trouble with the
ring code and Typepad:

You can see the results of the blogring code on the
right sidebar of my blog:

To add the blogring code to typepad exactly as I did
to mine:

go to typelists
create a new list of type "link" (as opposed to
people, music or books)
create a title for the list (mine is Episcoblogs)
click to add a new item to the list
don't put anything in the link title or link URL
add the blogring code to the "notes" section
click save and update
click the configure tab
at the bottom of the configure page, select "as text"
click save changes

that's it

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Since I use blogger, I don't know about how to change a Typepad template. There are at least two (if not three) blogs who need their typepad template updated with the ring html. If any of you know, could you please post it in the comments section here? I would really appreciate it.

Monday, July 25, 2005

A Summer Poem

Both Reverend Mommy and I are out-of-reach of the Internet for the next few days. We seem to have some consensus about Heifer Project, but since Habitat was her suggestion, why don't we wait and see where we are when she returns?

Meanwhile, in this week of heat wave, here's a poem for a summer day.

The Summer Day
-Mary Oliver-

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down--
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Blog Roll

Friends, I am trying to get all our members onto the Blog Roll on this page. If I have missed you, please let me know!
Two of our "applicants" are still having trouble getting the code onto their blog templates, but they are on the Blog Roll anyway: St. Casserole and Mary of a raid on the inarticulate.
And of course we are all eagerly awaiting the return from summer camp of the person who connected many of us in the first place, Peripatetic Polar Bear. And has anyone heard from Preacher Mom?
If you know anyone else who might be on vacation or otherwise away at the moment who might like to join us, please invite them! We haven't set any requirements for membership except feeling called to it. (And that really ought to be enough, don't you think?) As time goes on, I'm sure we'll have to keep track of dead links and dramatically infrequent posters, but for the moment, it looks like we are all live wires!!
Questions? Comments? Post them right here or use the e-mail address (I'll be adding it to the sidebar momentarily.)

Possible Charities

Two possible recipients for our contributions have been suggested. I'm posting links here to the home pages of both, to further our discussion.

Heifer Project

Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, July 23, 2005

RevGalBlogPal t-shirt

This t-shirt can be yours, as well as other merchandise. Visit our Cafe Press Store to see mugs, a tote bag and many other shirt options.

Discussions are underway about choosing a charity to receive a percentage of any merchandise sold. Please share your thoughts!

This is great!

The ring has been active only two days and we have 20 (or so) members! Actually, that is a very good showing and there will be more to come, I am sure.

Songbird will be adding stuff to the blog tonight -- along with our CafePress storefront.

Welcome to all!

Friday, July 22, 2005

From Songbird, the new co-owner of the Web-ring

"RevGalBlogPals has a pretty loose definition. It's Rev Gals, but also their Blog Pals, and "Rev Gals" includes not just us ordained types but seminarians, deacons, discerning religious of all stripes. Think of it as an Open Table."

Ya'll come.

There is some code

There is some code to add to your blog.

Different blogging software does it differently.
I know how to do it with Blogger – but not too sure how to do it with Journalscape – but Reverend Mother does.

Blogger is funny -- you have to go to settings, pull up the template.
After you get it in edit mode, go somewhere in the sidebar area and paste the code.
Then save the template and then you have to hit the publish button. You both have to save and then publish.

Ringsurf will then allow me to add you to the ring.

Let me know if you have a problem.

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Open to all bloggers but especially clergywomen who would consider themselves RevGals and their Blogging Pals.

Ring code must be visible on the front page of your blog.

We represent a diverse group of people -- women ministers, with or without children, discerning women and other clergypersons -- and friends.

The standard disclaimer: Views expressed in this blog ring do not necessarily represent those of the ring owner or other members of the ring.