11 August 2010

Column: I had a panic attack, JennJ saved the day + Quickie Contest

Have you’ve ever seen me panicked?


That is probably for the best since it ain’t a pretty sight!

JennJ is one of those peeps who did though…why you might wonder?

Well, you take one impulse idea to change the format of your blog.

You take that request to one of the best blog designers you know and have her way with your blog.

Then she asks all sorts of questions to install the new template that shrinks my blog ego to the size of raisons.

Then, when I give said blog designer some super sekret blog info and gets the template installed but now all my widgets are all on the left, which can happen but hubby raced for a bag as I started to hyperventilate.

My blood pressure went from a slightly worrisome 140 (because I’m soooooo good at giving away the control *rolls eyes at self*) to a *OhMyGawdWhyOhWhyDidIHaveToChangeAnything??!!* rant to the computer.

JennJ was all calm…she was the voice of wisdom…the light at the end of the tunnel.

We got it sorted out…of course, what else did you expect from JennJ! *grin*

JennJ is the goddess of man candy – see the evidence of my new header hunk.

Every question or request I fired at her, yes an M16 had nothing on me because me in a panicked state loses all form of friendliness *shameface* But JennJ calmed me down, worked with my requests - can still hug her for the extra time she put in template – and hit the bulls eye with my new blog expanding, gorgeous stylized drop down menu *dreamboat sigh*

It’s a week later now and I’m all calm, confidence and smiles again and love, love, LOVE what JennJ did. I loved it from the start but my panic attack prevented me from fully inhaling the slimmer, slick format.

The why behind it all you might wonder?

I was completely head over heels for the sand dollar template, mainly because it has a wider blogpost body and I know my reviews eat up space. I didn’t want visitors to have a scroll finger from reading my reviews. But as I entered some blog networks who took a screenshot of my blog I noticed it was all scrambled up. It made me wonder how many peeps saw my blog like that. Then I was starting to have more features, more challenges and I wanted a drop down menu. Well let me tell you how many grey hairs that gave me…it’s L’Oreal every 8 weeks for sure!!!!

Since I tweaked my blog with tutorials (as I’m a stubborn Leo thinking I can do blog design myself) I just kept tweaking it for two years but with adding the codes for the drop down menu I just had to admit defeat…so there you have it. My breaking point was reached and I went to JennJ from Sapphire Blog Design to make my blog template all better without losing the look I love so much :)

So JennJ, thank you for holding my hand through the changes and giving me what I so desperately wanted!! You iz made of awesome hon!!!

-click on banner to be redirected to JennJ's-

JennJ has a special sale this week only:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Special Sale! This week only get personalized banners or signatures for only 13 dollars and customized avatars for only 10 dollars!

Hurry this sale only lasts until Friday August 13th so order yours today!

PS: I have a guest post at Janna from Erotromreader about: My mental vacation and another guest post at KC from Smokinhotbooks about my FAB book of 2010 so far – Kresley Cole’s Pleasures Of A Dark Prince. Come say hi and join the convo :)

~GIVEAWAY~ I also have two books that haven’t been declined and are looking for a new owner. So a quickie contest. Begins today, ends on…oh oh Friday the thirteenth, spooky. Saturday the fourteenth of 2010 I will announce new winners. The swag you might wonder is A copy of Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST LIE and a copy of Kresley Cole’s PLEASURE OF A DARK PRINCE.

Leave a comment to enter this quickie!

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  1. Oh my I'd freak a little too. Glad you got it all worked out.

  2. I went through blog trauma as well. I even wrote a letter to my blog and told it I would never mess with it again until I had saved the codes. It was a hellish 3 hours. I might have blacked out during that time.

    I have a confession - I have not read either one of those authors even though I have heard mad good things about them.

  3. Oh what stressful situations blogs can creat. But I'm glad JennJ was there to save the day and restore your sanity :-) (It looks great now ;-p)

    I already have (and LOVE) Kresley Cole's Pleasure of a Dark Prince so I'd only like to enter for Gena Showalter's book. Thank you! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. @Nanny - JennJ rocks with the webdesigns but I haz serious control issues. This just put a very confronting mirror in front of my face ;)

    @LilyOfDarkness - I have the same gut reaction, no more template tweaking for this blog. Playtime is reserved for testblog only!

    And you haven't read either Showalter or Cole *gasp*

    @Stella - I iz so glad you like it too and yes, JennJ really saved my day!

  5. I'd love to be entered for the contest!


  6. Ooh! I would love to enter if this is international. Thank you


  7. I'd love to be entered for the contest!


  8. I am glad that you were calm as a cucumber, lmbo!!!! I can only picture you now! But.... JENNJ is awesome!!!!!! ((Just as you are!))
    Will be in touch hone, wanted to drop in to see the New You!!!!

  9. I am glad you had Jenn :)

    I did freak once, my blogsides were all weird and I ran straight to poor Lea and cried my eyes out for my freaky looking blog. So you are not alone ;)

    And yes contest, of course I am in, I am a total newbie when it comes to them
    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  10. LOL ok first off love the cat photo. Now you weren't that bad honey truly! You might have thought you were but you were fine I deal with coding on a daily basis and it can be a total bear. I have a few grey hairs because of coding myself but not from yours LOL!!! BIG HUGS my dear and it was a true pleasure working with you. Bless you for your kind words not sure I deserve all that praise but I appreciate it. :) You are awesome!

  11. I would soo be freaking out too! I'm glad things all worked out though and that you have extra prettiness for your home!

    I have another 'practice template' blog that I use(d) occasionally to try something out.. and well, the verdict is that I suck on all accounts of coding!! Now the template blog just sits there and I've learned to pay people to make things happen! I knew I should have went for the IT degree instead of management! :P

    Oh! And by the way - I HEART your man candy picture in your header! Yummy, yummy!

  12. I love your bloggy :) Nice job JennJ. Glad your blood pressure is back to normal Leontine LOL

  13. @cecile - Calm as a cucumber >> is that an American phrase...do i want to know the meaning *wink*

    @Blodeuedd - Lea bailed me out too once with going from 2 to 3 column template. She's a lifesaver too!

    @JennJ - *sighes in relief* really I thought I was a she-neanderthal but so incredible happy with new template!!

    @Tanya - I know a bit of basic coding and it is mostly the creative side such as making a header, color matching, widget buttons and stuff that I love so much. But when it gets complicated I try to chew on the problem until its lost all flavor before I go to someone else for help...I iz a bit stubborn in that department *eek*

    @Fiction Vixen - I can focus myself on the funstuff of blogging again *grin*

  14. I've seen JennJ's work on other sites and it is always crisp, vibrant, and somehow catches your eye and makes you want to find out more about what your viewing. I would've freaked out too, glad all turned out well.


  15. Glad it is all worked out.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  16. Wow. Sounds like you had a bit of fun there, huh? But it turned out beautiful so all's well.

    Please enter me in the contest.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  17. Glad it all worked out.

    And I would love to be entered.


    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  18. oh my, what an adventure! but it's worth! I love the new design :)
    hugs, Ina

  19. Glad you got it worked out!
    And thank you for this awesome giveaway! Please enter me only if it is international. :)

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I'm totally lovin' the new sleak look and just so you know, I never saw your blog all jumbled. ;)

    Everyone is updating their blogs! Expect something new from me too. What can I saw, everyone gave me the "Itis". ;)

  21. @leni - I agree, Jenn knows how to work the designs! I also LOVE her headers. I've been lurking at her design blog often LOL

    @Sandy Jay - In the end, it is all bloggy bliss for me *grin*

    @Ina - Thanks :)

    @VFG - Awh, that's soooo good to know *wink* and oh, I'm so looking forward to your new look then. You always have super sexy looks!!

  22. I hate my current layout and I just may use JennJ to make my blog beautiful, I love yours! :)

  23. What a great contest! I haven't read either of those books!

  24. Thanks for the quickie contest :)

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  25. Glad every thing worked out .I have attacts like that when i'm in big crowds of people.
    Nice Quickie contest those are some of the books on my list of books to get.

  26. Love the freaky cat!! I'd love to be entered in this quickie contest.

    I follow on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  27. Your blog looks great. I'm still in the "I think I can figure it out and do it on my own" stage... I'm sure in a couple of years I'll be where you are and I'll have that panicked face!

  28. Oh, This is a great Quickie !

    Enter me in please, Leontine :)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  29. Hi Leontine,

    Sorry to hear you were having blog problems but glad that JennJ was able to save the day!

    Love the cat pic!

    Thanks for the great giveaway and please enter me too!

  30. I don't have a blog and so that problem can't happen to me but I am sure eveyone has had problems with trying to tweak programs and that can lead to MAJOR stress.

    Please enter me if the giveaway is open worldwide.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  31. Stopping by again to give you this-

  32. Oh, I feel you! I'm an html/css/whatever-you-call-those-tags n00b who wants to do some MAJOR changes on her blog. Tried it thrice but failed four times D: I haven't given up, though. Someday, my blog will look exactly how I picture it. But, I think I'll need all the help I can get DX

    Oh, and please do enter me if the contest is international :3


  33. YAY! Those are two AWESOME authors! I already have the Kresley Cole book, but would love to get my hands on Gena's!

  34. Haha, the one time I spazed out was when "Cutest Blog On The Block" stuck a message on my, and everyone who has a layout from them, saying it would disapear in a few days if we didn't change the HTML. I couldn't remember, for the life of me, where I'd stuck that code so I was searching all of my layout design settings. Nearly fainted when I found it. lol. Any who, Sign me up for the quickie contest please ma'am.


  35. Everything looks great now. Sorry you had some problems.


  36. I've been wanting to read both of these, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  37. Lol gotta love the kitty photo you chose!

    Anywho, changing blog designs is scary business. I wish as I was design savvy and had the super awesome knowledge (and software when required) to do what the designers out there are doing. But alas...I'm skill-less.

    I like the end result and I'm so glad to hear that things finally worked out in the end. I can only imagine (with the help of your descriptions) how crazy things got. I'm so scared to touch the design of mine after I nearly destroyed the layout a while ago.

    I'd also adore a chance at those lovely books of yours dear! Thanks so much

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  38. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I had to laugh at your *panic attack* cat lol

    Anyway, thanks for the quickie contest - I'm new to your blog and would love to be entered!

  39. Wow, two of my favourite authors.

    I'm new to the world of blogs!!

    And if this is international...yes, another one...hehe!! I'd love to be entered too.

    Love the cat picture and thanks for the funny but interesting post.

    in Germany

  40. Quickies are good too. Please enter me. =)

    ixidro {at hotmail} .com

  41. Would love to win both these books as I've heard so much about the authors but haven't read anything by them yet :-)



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