Just before the year 2013 came to an end, I decided I wanted to redesign my blog. I had a picture of what I wanted for the new design in my head but getting that design to appear on my blog required turning my thoughts into HTML coding.
I honestly do not consider myself much of an expert with all of those backslashes, brackets, and quotation marks all mixed in with "a href=" and "img src=" ... etc., etc. It actually gives me quite a headache. Most of the time, I'm able to avoid the headache by simply typing my desired goal into Google and benefiting from the fruits of other people's HTML knowledge.
However, I found myself hitting a search engine wall when I decided that I wanted to have a “post gallery for my sidebar using Blogger” (I'm putting that all within quotation marks because that's exactly how I googled it). Most results mentioned using the pre-designed widget that Blogger already offers. Unfortunately, that was not the look I was going for. I wanted my gallery to fit snuggly in my sidebar, with images paired together in rows of two. Is that too much to ask for?? Apparently so...
I also tried using image-maps.com because it worked so well when I created my blog's banner. However, it was not working for me as I tried to link my little, square photos to each post. I've yet to figure out why I was having such a problem doing that, but I've put those troubles behind me. I was just about to quit and give up on the whole idea. It wasn't worth all the trouble and frustration. My eyes were getting dry from staring at a screen for so long. I was kicking myself for not getting Wordpress way back in 2005 when I started this whole "blogging thing". At that point, I think I went into La-La Land to give my brain a break and stared blankly at my blog on the computer screen. Then, I looked at my social media buttons:
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