OK, I am FINALLY getting this post done--my apologies to any of you who've been waiting for all the links I've been promising. In reality, most of this information could probably be found in my other Blogger Tips & Tricks Posts, but I've tried to add a few other helpful sites here as well. Here are some of the best sites I've found with tips, layouts and more for Blogger:
The Cutest Blog on the Block ~ Specializes in 2- and 3-column templates for blogs, wish super easy "installation." For those of you who remember my first blog layout, that's the site I used.
Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates ~ The site where I found my current blog layout. There are some really great options on this site!
That Blog Place ~ Another site specializing in Blogger layouts. Some of them are reminiscent of TCBOTB, in my opinion.
TIPS, TRICKS & WIDGETS
Blogger Tips & Tricks ~ The home of some great customization tips and various useful widgets. If you recall, I mentioned that I must have unwittingly "stolen" their site name for my series of posts. Oops. :-)
Blogger Buster ~ Another great tips & tricks web site. This is where I learned to add a third column to an existing Blogger template...
Blogger Plugins ~ Another great place for widgets. I think I've used at least 5 or 6 from this site on my own blog.
Blogger Templates ~ The name says it all, though they have some great widgets available, too. Look for their header links to navigate through the site more easily.
Blogging For Good in the Modern World ~ I will forever be grateful to this site for helping me figure out how to get links to work in my header. They also have other helpful information, so check it out!
Blogging Tips ~ Thanks to Jo for mentioning this site. It will be a good resource for all blogging, not just blogger tips and tricks, and you can find it at Book Blogs on Ning. In my opinion, any sites with people exchanging helpful information about blogging are worth mentioning!!
Just Another Pixel - This site is where I discovered how to make scrolling blogrolls. It's actually someone's personal blog, but they have a few tutorials you might find helpful.
MISCELLANEOUS HELPFUL SITES
Photobucket ~ A great picture hosting web site--they offer several different methods for linking pictures--HTML code, direct link, etc. It's great for hosting your blog buttons and more! I've found their site to be one of the most user-friendly out there, and there's no purchase requirement to host your photos, it's 100% free!
FileDen - Another photo hosting site. It supports the favicon (.ico) files, in case the ICONJ site below is still not up and running when you're reading this post.
ICONJ ~ A Favicon generator and hosting site. This is the site I used to host my favicon, the butterfly you see in your browser's address bar.
Favicons from Pics - This little site will generate a nice little favicon kit for you, with the option to have just the .ico file or an animated .gif favicon. It's another great option in case ICON is still out of commission when you decide to work on a favicon for your blog!
HTML Color Codes ~ There are probably dozens of sites where you can find codes for HTML colors, but this is one of my favorites. I get a little obsessed with wanting my text and various generated images/widgets to coordinate with my blog's look & feel, so this site comes in handy for me.
Palette Generator ~ Thanks to Becky for mentioning this site! It's VERY cool... You can upload a picture and it will generate HTML codes and swatches that you can use to coordinate with the picture.
When in doubt... run a Google search! Any time I wanted to figure out how to do something in Blogger, I searched for the answer. Sometimes I'd have to type my query in several different ways before I found what I was looking for, but almost every time I managed to get an answer to my question!
Well folks, this pretty much does it for my Blogger Tips & Tricks series. If anything else comes up down the road I'll be sure to write additional entries, but for now I hope I've provided you with plenty of resources to answer your questions about Blogger! I may also come back from time to time and update this link post with other helpful sites, since I feel like I may be forgetting some now. :-) I know I've heard from several of you that have been able to make use of these posts or plan to in the future, and I'm so glad to hear it! If there's ever anything I can do to be of help, please don't hesitate to ask. I don't proclaim to be an expert, but I know what it's like to try to figure this stuff out on your own and wishing there was someone you could just talk to about it! :-)
BTW, if YOU have any helpful links, I would love for you to leave a comment with the link (and I'm sure others would, too)!