Monday, October 18, 2010


You may have noticed that all of my sidebar stuff has disappeared recently. Well, it didn't vanish, exactly, it just got shoved down to the bottom of the page instead of showing up where it belongs. This happened when I tried to insert a new page element in the sidebar (the PokerStars banner). It turned out to be too wide and bled over the text of posts, so I removed it again a minute later (insertion and removal both done via the "Page Elements" graphic feature of Blogger). That's when the sidebar contents mysteriously banished themselves to the bottom of the page.

Even stranger is that if you click on "older posts" at the bottom, or click a link to any single post, the formatting is normal. It's only when the blog is loaded without specification to a particular post or class of posts that it fails (i.e., if you use a label or the archives index, eveything works right).

This has me baffled. I've spent an hour or so scrutinizing the HTML, and have concluded that the glitch most likely resides in the "sidebar wrapper" instructions, but I can't pinpoint it. I suppose I could start from scratch with the template and add the other stuff back in one at a time, but I'd really rather not do that if it can be fixed with a simple edit to the template code.

If there exists a reader with proficiency in web tech who feels like volunteering a little (at least I think it would only be a little) time to locate my glitch and suggest a cure, I'd be grateful. Email address is in the "Profile" section (which, sadly, you will now have to scroll to the bottom to find).

Addendum, October 19, 2010

I didn't do a thing, but the problem has resolved. I have no idea what happened overnight. Utter mystery.


Crash said...

You have probably already done this, but go to blogger dashboard, design tab, page elements tab. See if you can delete or change things to where you want them.

gadzooks64 said...

It looks like you fixed it.

I would suggest looking into the new Blogger Template Designer. They have some very nice options for customizing your template that are very easy on the eyes.

I'm not sure if that's not rolled into the regular Blogger or if you need to use the to get to it.

I think you would be pleasantly surprised at the options available.