Every six months or so, I go through a phase when I decide that I want to change my blog template. I spend hours and hours looking through templates to see if I can find the perfect one. As a result of being completely paranoid about buggering everything up I have a private test blog so that I can see what everything is going to look like before I update it.
On Friday night around 8.30pm, even though I was exhausted from a week's work, I decided that it was a perfect time to actually install a new template. A long time I had decided that I really want a three column template and I found one, which although not 100% what I wanted, I liked a fair bit, so I start the download process.
First problem - did the download, but when I did a preview it looked completely stuffed. Go back and read the instructions and realise that there is the way I did it, and then there is the proper way, which includes changing over to Blogger Beta. No worries...
Third problem - In order to have a Googlepage you have to a GMail account. Fine...I'll sign up for a Gmail account
GAVE UP ON THAT TEMPLATE!
Find a second template that loads like a dream into the test blog, but thing it might be a bit plain so decide against it.
Find another template. It downloads easily, no worries about hosting pictures etc etc. Decide that I will take the opportunity to clean up my links - take out a few, add a few, reorganise sections - add all the page elements that I want. In order to add all the links I sit there and add every single one of them individually.
Look at the test blog and think...yep....happy with that. Note the time as being 12.10am and think, well it won't take very long to copy the codes over into the actual blog will it?
Copy said code to the blog, press publish and then voila!
Only one problem.....even though I went and added all the content in the page elements in the test blog, it doesn't transfer over to this blog. In order to get them all on this blog I would have to readd them all individually again. At this point I notice that it doesn't have the Blogger Dashboard thing up the top of the page, which I use all the time, so that was that!
12.45am - I KNEW this was a bad idea....stomp, stomp, pout.
So I am stuck with this one for a while I guess. I am certainly tempted to get a professional to do it if I really want to change my template again!
And as the icing on the blogger crappy cake...Now that I have a gmail account Blogger won't send any comments or anything to the email account that I normally use. It is sending it all to the Gmail account instead. When I look in settings it gives me the option to delete my normal email account but not the Gmail account!