Samay Se Pehle…


Samay se pehle aur bhagya se jyada kisi ko kuch nahin milta! (Nobody gets before time and more than his fate. There is a suitable time for everything to happen.)


These are the words of wisdom one sees at the backside of the trucks and is the first thought that struck me today, first thing in the morning!


Gosh, its getting deadly, my blog has taken over my life!! And symptom no. 9 of “I am Addicted” is coming true too, since a couple of days, KG is giving me weird looks, he surely suspects that I am having an affair with my blog! Will have to sort this sooner than I thought!!!!


Ok, coming back to Samay se pehle…. see, what I mean is, since the last week I have been a woman with a mission! And the mission? To change the template of my blog. (For the uninitiated: The main blog template is to a blog what the dance floor is to a nightclub…its where all the action happens!) So here is the dhobhi list of things I did to accomplish this mission:

  1. I must have used up nearly 80% 85% of the time I spend with my ‘Tech Soulmate’ (read laptop!) in searching, downloading, then uploading the new template designs for my blog. Thereby crossing my BSNL Broadband Free Download/Upload Limit (in GB) per month, and in so doing increasing the monthly bill to manifolds!
  2. I met a website designer. Designing a blog template was an alien job to him, and was thus charging an equally alien amount for the simple service!
  3. I spoke to a Graphic Designer from Chandigarh. I guess my non-stop gibberish mumbo jumbo must have overwhelmed him.
  4. Read loads of tips/tutorials/suggestions on ‘Changing a Template’, but alas they were not able to tackle the unique queries I had!
  5. Posed a query on Indiblogger Forum. A couple of fellow bloggers took some time off to give their suggestions but sadly…

Therefore, I guess the time to change my blog template has still not come!


And thus promptly restored all the widgets in the morning!


So guys, take pleasure in the gratification of the senses or of the mind; experience agreeable sensations or emotions; get pleasure from the excitement; relish the happiness produced by the expectation and the enjoyment of something good, delightful, & satisfying, in simple word, ENJOY your stay at the same old fun and lively but renovated “A rose is a rose is a rose!”

Cheers 🙂


By the way…I know changing a template is so easy that even an infant can do it!

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10 thoughts on “Samay Se Pehle…

  1. hi,

    wondered whether this might work … i have this indiblogger friend of mine, who generally solves my bloggy problems when i’m stumped … for example he helped me make my favicon for my blog … and the like, u might consult him … just give him my reference … he’s the helpful sort

    this is his blog address:
    http;//jal-infotech.blogspot.com/

  2. Hi Shilpa
    It feels good that I can be of some help to somebody.

    Here you have downloaded some templates from btemplates which are infact very good. Now lets try to solve out your problems one by one.

    1) Once you add a widget to your template, it generates a code and it INTEGRATES tht code with the template. This happens every time you make a new widget. Now when you download a new template and try to upload it, then it checks whether the INTEGRATED code exists or not. Obviously it wont be there as the template is fresh. So it gives a warning tht your widgets will get removed.

    2) So what to do if you dont want to remove your widgets and yet be able to change the template??? In your blog I see that there are many widgets like tht clock, indiblogger badge, live traffic feed, quote of the day, books you read, etc. These require u to add a HTML/JavaScript widget and paste a 3-rd party code in it right? So lets go to the Edit >> Page elements and open each widget and copy its code and save it in a Notepad text file in your computer. This is a kind of back up we are doing. After copy/pasting each widget code in notepad, you can safely delete the old template ALONG WITH the widgets. So that once we have a new template, you dont have to go to various websites, generate their code again and again, and put it. You will just need to open the notepad file and paste every widget code one by one in the new template.

    3) Now let me assure you that you can delete the FOLLOWER widget without worrying. In a new template, once you put the follower widget again (by using ‘Add a gadget’ in Page Elements), it will show all your followers. I have double checked it with my own Blogger blog.

    4) Now you said that the new template has no buttons, no sign in etc. You are talking about the top header bar which contains all these buttons right? It is called the navbar (Navigation Bar). Some stylish templates disable it so that the page looks good. There are two methods to solve this. I will show you both of them. You choose wats best for you.
    (i) If you want your blog to look nice and cool, then navbar is not preferred. In that case, you must first go to http://www.blogger.com, then signin and your dashboard will be there. Here you will find buttons like creating New Post, editing etc. Basically this is just the another way of coming to the same destination. You were using sign-in from your blog-page but now as that navbar is not there, you use blogger.com page and then login from there.

    (ii) The other option is to re-enable the navbar so that you can sign-in, add new post, etc as you were doing before. This will require you to change the HTML (which is not advisable if you dont have prior knowledge of HTML). Still, I am showing you the trick. I am assuming that you have installed the ‘Ligneous’ template. Go to EDIT HTML page and find the below code in the HTML:

    #navbar, #navbar-iframe {
    height: 0px;
    visibility: hidden;
    display: none;
    }

    Change the above code to the one mentioned below:

    #navbar, #navbar-iframe {
    height: 15px;
    }

    Basically what we have done is, we increased the height of the navbar from 0 to 15 and removed hidden visibility (so that it appears again)

    Preview your template and hopefully you will see tht navbar again on the top. Modify the height if you want and then Save template.

    I feel that you should go with the first option that I gave you because it is not at all tedious and secondly your blog will look good without the navbar. so u’ll have the cake in both hands. And the second trick is applicable to any template that does not have the navbar. Just modify the code as above and re-enable the navbar.

    Hope I solved your queries Shilpa,

    Jaladhi Desai
    http://jal-infotech.blogspot.com

    P.S.: I tried to send you an e-mail but it was not getting sent. So I commented the whole thing here.

  3. @ Jaladhi: Hi Jaladhi! I think, I can’t Thank You enough for helping me out with your crisp and clear and a very prompt tech help!! Also for helping me learn some tricks and tips!! Thanks a Million! 🙂

    @Subhayan: Thanks are in order to you too Subhayan for all the support! GBY!

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