Blog Developments

You can now have your complete fill of Cranach posts: I moved the archives from the other site to a separate page on this one. Click on the “Archive of Old Site 2005-2007″ on the right panel and you will find TWO YEARS of posts, a total of 805 pages! That’s about 4 books worth.

(The regular “archives” section just archives this site, month by month. Also, the “archives” heading at the top doesn’t work. I don’t know why. Also the search function isn’t working for the separate and super-long page of pages of what I am calling “Lucas Cranach the Elder.” Can anyone tell me why or how to fix it? tODD?)

And thanks to my daughter Joanna, who was the first editor of World’s blog, I have learned how to add other features. Thanks too to Rich Shipe. He pointed out that if I open this site to some discreet advertisements by signing up with Google’s Adsense and letting them place their ads, I could probably earn enough to pay for this online real estate and this would be a not-so-expensive hobby. So I’m trying that. I tried to filter out any truly objectionable ads. Some of them that come up–for example, those about getting a Mormon wife (because I must have said something about Romney)–are kind of a hoot. And they probably won’t be as bad as some of those on my World site, for which I wasn’t even getting paid. You don’t think I’m selling out, do you?

Some of the rest of you might want to do likewise on your blogs. Just do a search for Google AdSense. It’s very easy, and you get a cut of Google’s billions.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SimDan

    It looks like there may be a file missing on the archive page. If you access to the web server itself, try going to your website directory and looking for the “about” directory or its contents. I’m not familiar with the software being used so I’m not completely sure how to fix it, though finding the missing files would be a good bet.

    There’s also a number of broken links in the “About the Blogger” sidebar. Looks like they are just missing the http:// prefix.

    Finally, on the page I am currently viewing the Google ad is a wide banner ad. This does not flow well with the ad being in the sidebar.

  • SimDan

    It looks like there may be a file missing on the archive page. If you access to the web server itself, try going to your website directory and looking for the “about” directory or its contents. I’m not familiar with the software being used so I’m not completely sure how to fix it, though finding the missing files would be a good bet.

    There’s also a number of broken links in the “About the Blogger” sidebar. Looks like they are just missing the http:// prefix.

    Finally, on the page I am currently viewing the Google ad is a wide banner ad. This does not flow well with the ad being in the sidebar.

  • Patrick Kyle

    Dr. Veith,

    You could offer a limited amount of ad space on your blog, and let companies whose products you like or organizations you agree with rent the space. This gives you control over what is advertised and allows you to promote things you think are worthy, and gives you some added income. Since you could charge monthly it would probably be a more consistent stream of income and help to defray your expenses.

  • Patrick Kyle

    Dr. Veith,

    You could offer a limited amount of ad space on your blog, and let companies whose products you like or organizations you agree with rent the space. This gives you control over what is advertised and allows you to promote things you think are worthy, and gives you some added income. Since you could charge monthly it would probably be a more consistent stream of income and help to defray your expenses.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Thanks, SimDan and Patrick Kyle. Good advice. Sim, I’m using WordPress. I’ll work on implementing your suggestions. Much obliged.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Thanks, SimDan and Patrick Kyle. Good advice. Sim, I’m using WordPress. I’ll work on implementing your suggestions. Much obliged.

  • SimDan

    From http://wordpress.org/support/topic/123732 :

    “Links missing…

    A Page is a Page. Period.
    You go into admin > Write > Write Page and create a new (empty) Page AND select from Page Templates (on the right) the “Archives” template. Then you go to view that Page and notice the URL where you are. That will be the url you want in the link. ”

    Hopefully that helps…

  • SimDan

    From http://wordpress.org/support/topic/123732 :

    “Links missing…

    A Page is a Page. Period.
    You go into admin > Write > Write Page and create a new (empty) Page AND select from Page Templates (on the right) the “Archives” template. Then you go to view that Page and notice the URL where you are. That will be the url you want in the link. ”

    Hopefully that helps…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    You’re not selling out by allowing ads. You shouldn’t have to spend your own money for us to enjoy your blog.

    I wonder what would happen if you could implement a pay-per-comment arrangement.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    You’re not selling out by allowing ads. You shouldn’t have to spend your own money for us to enjoy your blog.

    I wonder what would happen if you could implement a pay-per-comment arrangement.

  • http://chaz-lehmann.livejournal.com Pr. Lehmann

    Depending on what the cost is, I would be willing to pay for a month or two of your costs in exchange for having an ad for my book on your blog. ;-)

  • http://chaz-lehmann.livejournal.com Pr. Lehmann

    Depending on what the cost is, I would be willing to pay for a month or two of your costs in exchange for having an ad for my book on your blog. ;-)

  • Rich Shipe

    Kind of a bummer the way the archives worked out. I assume that was what happened when WordPress imported them? Too bad they couldn’t just be brought in as actual posts in WordPress.

  • Rich Shipe

    Kind of a bummer the way the archives worked out. I assume that was what happened when WordPress imported them? Too bad they couldn’t just be brought in as actual posts in WordPress.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    SimDan, thanks for your help. I fixed those broken links and I created a page for the archives, as you described here. But what I don’t know how to do is copying the URL to make a link to the heading “archives” that shows up at the top of each page. (I’m using one of the ready-made templates from WordPress, and I can’t figure out how to get to that.) I’d just as soon get rid of those headings.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    SimDan, thanks for your help. I fixed those broken links and I created a page for the archives, as you described here. But what I don’t know how to do is copying the URL to make a link to the heading “archives” that shows up at the top of each page. (I’m using one of the ready-made templates from WordPress, and I can’t figure out how to get to that.) I’d just as soon get rid of those headings.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Rich, I copied them from the old site into Word on my computer. I then tried to upload them onto my page, to no avail. Then I “selected all” and pasted them onto my page. That was probably a clumsy way to do it, losing all my format. Was there a better way to do it?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Rich, I copied them from the old site into Word on my computer. I then tried to upload them onto my page, to no avail. Then I “selected all” and pasted them onto my page. That was probably a clumsy way to do it, losing all my format. Was there a better way to do it?

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Veith (@9), WordPress allows you to import posts from different blogging platforms, but I’d guess your World blog platform (which appears to have been a handmade solution) is not among them. As such, there does not appear to be a pushbutton way to migrate your old posts into the new blog. However, if you know otherwise about your old platform, perhaps that link will be of help.

    However, I agree that the current “Elder” page — looooong and unformatted as it is — isn’t very usable.

    Unfortunately, I am not knowledgeable in the ways of WordPress to solve any of these problems from afar.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Veith (@9), WordPress allows you to import posts from different blogging platforms, but I’d guess your World blog platform (which appears to have been a handmade solution) is not among them. As such, there does not appear to be a pushbutton way to migrate your old posts into the new blog. However, if you know otherwise about your old platform, perhaps that link will be of help.

    However, I agree that the current “Elder” page — looooong and unformatted as it is — isn’t very usable.

    Unfortunately, I am not knowledgeable in the ways of WordPress to solve any of these problems from afar.

  • http://www.sarcasmagorical.com Brant

    I think there is probably a better way of importing the articles, but it depends on what World was using as blog software for the old Cranach site. If they were WordPress, then you could probably get it to move straight over into the new account without too much trouble. If it was some other software, there might be a tool that can do it since WordPress is a pretty popular platform.

    For the archives link, this link here

    http://www.pearsonified.com/theme/copyblogger/header-navigation-links/

    explains how to add links to the top menu bar, but you can also use his advice to edit the link for archives. The link you’ll want to use is:

    http://www.geneveith.com/?page_id=65

  • http://www.sarcasmagorical.com Brant

    I think there is probably a better way of importing the articles, but it depends on what World was using as blog software for the old Cranach site. If they were WordPress, then you could probably get it to move straight over into the new account without too much trouble. If it was some other software, there might be a tool that can do it since WordPress is a pretty popular platform.

    For the archives link, this link here

    http://www.pearsonified.com/theme/copyblogger/header-navigation-links/

    explains how to add links to the top menu bar, but you can also use his advice to edit the link for archives. The link you’ll want to use is:

    http://www.geneveith.com/?page_id=65

  • fwsonnek

    Cindy:

    what an evil thought……

  • fwsonnek

    Cindy:

    what an evil thought……

  • http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com Robert Talbert

    Prof. Veith, your blog gets a whole lot more traffic than my former blog ever did, but I had Google AdSense on that blog and never even came close to reaching the level of click-throughs that would actually generate positive cash flow for me. So good luck with it, but you might end up finding that the primary benefit of having Google text ads is the comic relief they provide (e.g. the Mormon wife thing you mentioned).

  • http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com Robert Talbert

    Prof. Veith, your blog gets a whole lot more traffic than my former blog ever did, but I had Google AdSense on that blog and never even came close to reaching the level of click-throughs that would actually generate positive cash flow for me. So good luck with it, but you might end up finding that the primary benefit of having Google text ads is the comic relief they provide (e.g. the Mormon wife thing you mentioned).

  • allen

    Good on ya, Dr. Veith. Your blog’s the bomb.

  • allen

    Good on ya, Dr. Veith. Your blog’s the bomb.

  • Patrick Kyle

    I second Pastor Lehmann’s sentiment and would be willing to pay a fee to have an ad for a site I run with Ted Rosenbladt on this blog.

  • Patrick Kyle

    I second Pastor Lehmann’s sentiment and would be willing to pay a fee to have an ad for a site I run with Ted Rosenbladt on this blog.

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    Frank,

    I am ROTFL at your remark. You know I was just teasing you, right?

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com Theresa K.

    Frank,

    I am ROTFL at your remark. You know I was just teasing you, right?


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