Thursday, October 04, 2007


Another beautiful day here in coastal Delaware. I had big plans to house clean today, but so far I have not accomplished anything. I am a night person and would rather clean this evening.

I have two questions for the blog world: (1) How do you cross things out in a post or a list (such as books) and then show the ------'s? I have seen them used so many times, but I can't figure it out.

(2) I have one of those maps at the bottom of my blog that shows how many people checked it out and where they were from. Some days it is very few, but one time it was over 50 and then each day it diminished. The day I entered a blog contest was the day it indicated 50+. How do people get so many people commenting and visiting? I think one answer is consistency in posting and visiting other blogs, but are there more reasons?

Here are a few pictures of Beau who is such a happy guy.


Morning Glory said...

To cross out a word, you need to be in Edit HTML on the new post you're making. The tab is at the top of the blank writing space. Then type this:

< del > < /del >

on either side of the word you want to cross out. Don't have any spaces, just all run together. When you click on the Compose tab of your new posting page, it should show your word crossed out.

This is also a good blog for blogging information.

Morning Glory said...

p.s. I had to put spaces in that code because the comment wouldn't post with the correct spacing. Just don't have any spaces between the <> and your word.

Morning Glory said...

p.s.s Ok, I'm not being very clear. Your word goes between those two codes.

violetlady said...

morning glory, thank you so much. I will give it a try.

Lynne said...

I'm glad that Morning Glory told you about the strike-throughs. I had seen it before, but forgot how to do it. And I second the idea of There are great instructions there.

About getting more traffic - I'm still trying. Read a lot of blogs and comments. Leave comments, then read the blogs of others who comment and leave more comments. Read the blogs that people list in their sidebars and comment. You can even use the little "next blog" thingy at the top of the page - though I've found most of the "next blogs" are either in a foreign language or just plain strange. I like your idea of having a special post on a specific day of the week. And keep posting lots of pictures.

violetlady said...

Thanks, Lynne. I think you are right about getting more traffic, but there are only so many hours in the day to spend on blogging. What about drawing give-aways?

Lynne said...

Give-aways are a great idea! Everyone likes to get something for nothing!

Count me in for whatever!

kris said...

Hi - I want to thank you for asking the strike-out question!! (And for the answers from Morning Glory and Lynne!!) I hope to spend a bit of time this winter learning how to do some of the cool things I see other people doing on their blogs.

I think your posts are fun and interesting - I check in several times a week - but sadly do not always leave a comment. :(
I picked up a lot of people when the bridge collapsed and I fell apart - but, seriously, I would not recommend that route! :)

The pix of Beau are so cute - my two monsters would love to have a play date!!

kookiejar said...

If morning glory's suggestion doesn't work for the strike-outs there is another way.

You know how if you want to bold face something you use < b> < /b> (without the spaces), right? For a strikeout you do the same thing, only with an s instead of a b.

I always find my traffic increases when I post my Wednesday links or I talk about celebrities. That's what most people look for. I wouldn't worry so much about visitors'll drive you nuts.

violetlady said...

Thank you Kris and Kookiejar for your support and for the tips. I always check your blogs, too.

Literary Feline said...

I'm not sure I have much to add in the way of increasing your visitors. Commenting on other people's blogs is a big one, I've found.

Also, you might consider joining a regular weekly meme like Booking Through Thursday or Thursday Thirteen. There are others out there as well. By doing the meme on your own blog and linking back to the meme's host, you can get a lot of attention that way. I participate in the Booking Through Thursday meme and it's grown in popularity over the year, attracting a lot of attention.

Another option is to join reading challenges. That's actually how I finally "got noticed" so to speak. Other participants in the challenge came around to see what books I was reading for the challenges and to check on my progress.

Of course, you may not be interested in any of these ideas. :-) You have to do whatever is most comfortable for you.

violetlady said...

Literary Feline, great ideas. I will try these. Thanks for stopping by.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm so glad to know how to strike something out! I may have to go strike something out right this very minute!! :)

I must say, I've ended up in weird places hitting that next blog button. I think it's scary. :)

violetlady said...

I know -- I've hit that next blog button sometimes and it has creeped me out!