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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Blog Improvement Project

Right now I'm taking a quick break from redoing my kitchen floor. Somehow, I've caught the home improvement bug and it's a good thing too because my home could certainly use some improvement! I think it all started with building the sukkah which was fun, empowering, and gave me a real feeling of accomplishment. In any event my desire to improve the appearance of my living space has spilled over into my virtual living space as well, namely this blog.

Let's face it my friends... it's a very ugly blog.

When I chose this template I wanted to select something that looked different from other J-blogs and yet did not have the light text on a dark background that makes one's eyes want to pop out and roll themselves across the room. I've never really bonded with the color though and on my home monitor it really makes me kinda queasy.

I'm not looking for anything fancy just the basics: I want to set up a blog roll, get a less ugly template, learn about trackbacks, widen my margins, and basically make my blog a more attractive and enjoyable place to hang out. Unfortunatley, whenever I try to make even the smallest of adjustments something goes haywire and I wind up desperately struggling to undo the damage I've done.

So here's an offer: I'm willing to hand over the keys to my blog (temporarily of course) to a trustworthy, competent, individual who can help me fix up my format. In exchange I will promise to write up three original, thought provoking, comment inspiring, guest posts for YOUR blog over the next month or so- I think that's a fair trade - but I'm willing to negociate.
See DB if you need a reference.

Email me if you are interested- Shifraq@gmail.com


At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:15 AM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

No, Shifra! I have come to associate this specific green color with exactly one* thing: the "AskShifra" blog. Don't change what I'm used to!

*Well, actually two. The porauchess for the 3 Festivals at KAJ-Breuer's is of the same color.

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Shifra - when you figure out how to get the blogroll working (with update notification feature) please let me know.

Mar Gavriel: You just threw me back 25 years to Breuers. Wow...

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Elie said...

I like your blog the way it is - and not just b/c your template is similar to mine. Every blog has its own unique look and you start to associate the look with the blog. So I wouldn't change anything drastic.

Adding a blogroll would be nice though (hint, hint)

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Ayelet said...

You already have a blogroll although you didn't fill it in. What I'm referring to is the list of links which includes two "Edit Me"s. Go to your blog template and find the Edit Me in the code for the sidebar. Enter www.mayfam.blogspot.com in the spot for http. then, where it says "edit Me", replace that with Ayelet or May Cuties or whatever you wish to call my blog. Voila - a link to a blog! You could also find the word "links" in the template and change it to a different title for your list, such as "Blogs I like" or something more original than that. If you're afraid to mess with your code, follow Mirty's instructions in her first post on Codescripter. See her blog for link. I wish I could help you more specifically but I have lost internet access in my home and I'm sort of undercover here at work if you get my drift.

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Little Wolf said...


It really isn't that difficult. I would offer to do it, but I'm having time just getting a post up at the moment.

Seems to me I never have the time all of the sudden.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog interior decorating. I see keeping the apple green motif, adding in some pastels...a decorative border...widening margins to balance the view.

You can sign up for your own custom blogroll at www.blogrolling.com. Then you just paste the code they give you into your sidebar (or have someone do that part.)

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Noam S said...

I think the color and layout are perfect. :-)

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said...

just email me your picture in a jpg format & i'll add it.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...


You used to go to Breuer's?

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just noticed your blog.

Women really shouldn't be blogging; it's not tznius. The so-called "Modern Orthodox" (people who are not serious about Torah, but like judaism as a social thing) like to quote Shimson Refoyel Hirsch's thing that says that women are allowed to go out of the home to work. But (1) that's not what Hirsch meant, and (2) we cut Hirsch out of the Mesorah. The Satmar Rov za"l wrote about this in Kuntres Shelo Yetzu Mibbateihen.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Shifra said...

Ha ha!
Alright who's the joker?

Thanks to the rest of you for all the comments and advice online and off. I will think about it over the weekend and figure out what I want to do with the place...

At 11:42 AM, Blogger and so it shall be... said...

"The Satmar Rov za"l wrote about this in Kuntres Shelo Yetzu Mibbateihen."

The Satmar Rebbe has a blog?? You're kidding!

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Shifra said...

He has a blog- but no one is allowed to read it.

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny. Is that you Amshi?

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Shifra said...

Can't be amshi- the grammar is STILL too good, and the guy used a semi-colon!

The Ghost of GH perhaps?

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...


(no kidding!)

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

He has a blog- but no one is allowed to read it.

I don't get it. Why aren't people allowed to read it?

At 12:51 PM, Blogger and so it shall be... said...

"I don't get it. Why aren't people allowed to read it?"

b/c if you're satmar, you're not allowed to do anything.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger DovBear said...

If you hve to explain a joke it isn't funny

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Krum as a bagel said...

Shifra, I think you are allowed to have a blog but you have to put it behind a burka.

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just great
just when i thought the dust had settled
first aidel then GH and now....
now shifra wants to change her blog
i dont know if i can handle this anymore

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest, humbly, that there is another change you could make that would make this blog a central hub of the j-blogosphere and simultaneously create an immense amount of good. It is an idea I have broached to you before.

Use your talents of eitzah, empathy and active listening to create a shalom bayis blog. Allow people to blow a little steam. Respond with your softness. Point out common sensical options to a husband who can only see his own misery. Give a wife chizuk. Discuss the place of communication therapies. Allow people to get a feeling for when rough talk becomes emotional abuse. Allow people to realize that their specific problems are not unique to them. Comfort the bruised.

You may object that you are hardly an expert on shalom bayis matters. That may or may not be so, but in this context it makes little difference. As a blogger, you are simply aggregating the information that comes to you. You have the intelligence and the honesty to separate the wheat from the chaff, and the creativity and wit to turn that wheat into fresh-baked challos.

Perhaps you would not want to do it alone. Perhaps you could partner with someone such as RenReb or one of those noble women at Mayim Rabim [or perhaps even male bloggers, such as S. or Ezzie]. Perhaps you would need only guest posts from them. In any case, a shalom bayis blog done well is an idea whose time has come and I think you could do it well.

At 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good one! i just brought lots of different emo backgrounds in my blog


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