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October 25, 2011
6:13 am
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Donna MacKinnon
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Chris,

I really like the new look that blogger has but do you know if there is anyway to chose 1 of the formats like Magazine and to keep the blog in that format not only for myself but for my readers as well?

Also the spacing especially around pictures doesn't always hold. I like a space under the caption of the picture and the new paragraph. In edit it looks like it is there but when I go to view there isn't always a space. This is frustrating so not sure if there is an easy way of ensuring this happens or somethingBlogger needs to deal with. Time is always an issue when travelling and internet is not always available or very expensive and limited.

Thanks

Donna MacKinnon

October 26, 2011
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Are you talking about the new 'Dynamic View' templates?

If so, you make it stick by going into your blog's settings, choosing Templates, then pick a dynamic view and “Apply to Blog” . 

Although the dynamic views (especially 'magazine') are really cool – there is a major drawback.  You will lose any sidebar Widgets.  I use the widgets extensively and am not willing to let go of them.  I'm waiting till they add widget support to the dynamic views myself.

August 23, 2018
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Albert Minten
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I’m loving Dynamic Views also and have been able to get pages, search, archive and labels to work. 

Search it at the top where it should be, pages just below header and archive, labels and popular post in the right panel which gets smaller when not being used.  BUT I have not been able to get follow by email or featured post to show up.   

Has anyone figured these out?  Here’s my Theme Test site: https://austexguysthemetest.bl…..gspot.com/

August 23, 2018
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Hello Albert,

I love your blog … and I love Big Bend – here are some of my blog posts when we were there, a long time ago. 

I agree that the dynamic views are cool, but with too many drawbacks for me. Because of your post here, I am taking another look. The coolest thing I discovered is that you can go back and forth between a normal theme and the Dynamic view. My Blog (https://geeksontour.blogspot.com/) uses the simple theme, but if I just add  /view/snapshot to the end of the URL, I get a dynamic view of the blog. So, I used the external link option for my menu and add that as “Blog Overview” When you click on that menu item, you will see the Snapshot dynamic view and you have the dropdown list for all the other dynamic views. Then, just click on the About Us menu and you’re back to the normal (simple) theme.

When using the URL technique, you don’t get any type of sidebar. When I make the Dynamic view the chosen Theme like you did, I do get an automatic sidebar widget showing the Archive, About message, and another gadget I had in my regular sidebar. I wonder if the “subscribe by email” gadget is 3d party?  The latest official blogger buzz states that 3d party gadgets will soon be retired.

August 29, 2018
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MrsGeek thanks for liking our Blog – it’s a baby blog, just got started with it but I’m having a great time. I added your suggestion with Dynamic Views available as a new Menu item ‘other ways to view this blog’.  And I read your blog posts on Santa Elena and it reminded me that I need to still post ours from a trip into Santa Elena – it’s lush and vibrant right now even though very hot most of the time 🙂 

I’ve posted a question on the official blogger buzz page to see if they will be making follow this blog and favorites (gadgets/widgets) available soon; maybe they are in development or as you said 3rd party.  

If I find out anything new on this format, I’ll post that here.  Thanks! 

September 4, 2018
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Thanks for the follow up Albert. I look forward to hearing more.

Just one more thought on a workaround … You can get a URL for the follow by email widget – e.g. https://feedburner.google.com/…..spot/vSrAY

Then you can add that as a menu item as well.

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