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« Reply #15: August 01, 2010, 08:34:03 pm »

Erm since there are a lot of Wordpress people here, how do I change the content of the stuff on the side of my blog?  In blogger, you can edit them from the page itself but I can't figure out how to edit the boxes in WP.

Go to your Dashboard, then go to the side where it says "Appearance". (You can edit your links in a separate tab, but I'm guessing you want to change out, like, the archives, categories-type stuff?) Those things will be under Widgets.
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« Reply #16: August 01, 2010, 08:39:40 pm »

Go to your Dashboard, then go to the side where it says "Appearance". (You can edit your links in a separate tab, but I'm guessing you want to change out, like, the archives, categories-type stuff?) Those things will be under Widgets.

Thanks!  I did that before but I didn't realize I had nothing on my widgets and that's why it was going to the default of the theme I chose.  Once I added a widget then that was the only one that was showing.
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« Reply #17: August 01, 2010, 08:42:06 pm »

Thanks!  I did that before but I didn't realize I had nothing on my widgets and that's why it was going to the default of the theme I chose.  Once I added a widget then that was the only one that was showing.

No problem.  Smiley 

I know several people think that Wordpress has a bit of a learning curve, and perhaps it does, but in the end, it blows Blogger out of the water in terms of options, customizations, and professional appearance. I really can't go back to using LJ, Blogger or any of the other blogging softwares out there anymore.
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« Reply #18: August 02, 2010, 08:14:49 am »

A little late to the party here (it was a busy weekend), but...

1. When did you decide to start blogging about your spiritual life?

Uh...  Good question.  ::runs off and looks::  Wow.  Looks like it was about 4.5 years ago.  I hadn't thought it was that long ago.

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2. Why did you make that choice?

::shrug::  For the same reason I blog anything, really.  When I have something to work out, I find writing it out to be helpful.  I created a separate blog from my regular blog for two reasons.  Firstly, I wanted to have a space where I could focus on religious and spiritual stuff without cluttering it up with my normal-blog stuff.  Secondly, I am not "out" to my extended family and some of them might be following my regular blog, so I wanted a separate space that they wouldn't be as likely to find.

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3. Why did you chose the website you did for your blog?

I started out on Blogger because that's where I was blogging everything else.  I initially chose it for "everything else" for no particularly good reason.  It was there, it was free, it was relatively easy.  Shrug.

I now use Wordpress, hosted on a private server.  I prefer this because it gives me more control over pretty much everything (at least, as compared to Blogger when I last used it, which admittedly has been a long time).  Hosting it on my own server also means that it's not as likely to be blocked by various net filters--for instance, if I were going through wordpress.com, I wouldn't be able to access it from my workplace.  And I don't have to play by anyone's terms of service (other than my hosting provider's, and even then we're looking at moving the hosting to our home computer soon).  Not that I tend to post things that violate terms of service, you know, but it's just nice not to have to worry about that.
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« Reply #19: August 02, 2010, 06:47:40 pm »

Erm since there are a lot of Wordpress people here, how do I change the content of the stuff on the side of my blog?  In blogger, you can edit them from the page itself but I can't figure out how to edit the boxes in WP.

I can only tell you how I do it, so if someone else knows an easier way, I'm all ears...

Under the Appearance section of the dashboard, there should be a link labeled "Widgets".  Click this link to open a page that lets you change which items appear on the sidebar (like tag clouds, links lists, page lists, etc).  Some of the widgets can be edited from there for actual content/format.  Others, like "Links" will be edited for content through the corresponding link on the side bar of the dashboard. 
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