I wish to thank each of my Followers, Commenters and Blotanists who has brought so much sunshine to my life, nurtured my first 0.5 years of blogging history and left me with so many memories to treasure for the years to come. By the way, you can see me in the shadows in some of the pictures below.
I have some messages for you and I hope it helps .....
link where I can find you to visit your blog and communicate with you. Do update your profile so others besides me can find you too. This is important.
back up your blog and template. This is very important! Can you imagine all your efforts and your beloved garden/blog disappear into thin air without a trace? Would you want to start from scrath all over again? Can you recollect everything you have ever written ?
Backing up your blog enable you to rebuild your blog later. This includes all the comments too.
Backing up your template enable you to rebuild your blog design.
Diana of Voice In The Garden taught me this. For steps on how to backup your blog, visit our blotanist Jacqueline of Jacq's Blogger Tips. Her step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. You can learn how to sign with your own signature on every post and type the © copyright symbol.
test blog to practice new formats, designs, widgets, HTML codes that you are unfamiliar with before making major changes to your blog. Believe me, it really helps. Sometimes, if you do many steps quickly or simultaneously, unexpected things happens. For example, Blogger may think that you are spamming and quarantine your blog for a week. Or you accidently press the delete key and important details are deleted.
Joanne of Joanne's Cottage Garden taught me this. She saved my blog life when I had my first close encounter being listed by Blogger as a spam blogger.
Scary huh? That's why we need guinea pigs for our experiments. Sometimes, Blotanists need to behave like scientists too.
Photographs are important in blogging. Afterall, a picture speaks a thousand words. Resize your photos to 640 x 480 pixels (36.4 kb) before posting to save storage space if you do not wish to pay more for the extra storage. Upload photos of big dimensions like 3968 x 2976 pixels (5.97MB) only when necessary. The difference is quite significant.
Picasa 3. I have learnt this from Tatyana, of My Secret Garden. It is free and you can use this program to create collages, slide shows, edit photos, insert water marks, file your photos and many other stuff that I am still experimenting. By the way, I haven't tried Photoshop yet, partly because I don't find a need for that at the moment.
7. If you are using Blogger, the new editor enable us to post X-Large photographs. But remember to add a few line spacing before you upload the next photo, otherwise you cannot insert any text later. Another way is to use the new editor to post photos, then revert to old editor for texting. Yet another way is to edit in Html mode which is a little bit tricky and you need to be more cautious.
Update from commens: Diana of Elephant's Eye has a brilliant idea when using Bloggers new editor. She key in the texts before inserting the pictures.
Andrea in This Lifetime. This post is dedicated to her, the first commenter of my previous post, "Wednesday Wishes - Merry Christmas 2009". This bright spirited lady's latest post is "Hedges Delights" and the flowers are blooming beautifully.
This is my entry for Blooming Friday, final week of 2009. The theme this week is "Christmas!" My grateful thanks to Katarina at Roses and Stuff for hosting Blooming Friday. To see what others have posted or to participate, click here.
Acknowlegement: The photos are taken at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama. My grateful thanks to Dr. Francis Ng.