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Prayag Verma has been at 7 events

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Chef Dennis Littley780,222Join us as we take a look at +Pressgram  to find out if it really is *The Next Best Thing for Bloggers* My guests for this event are +Dustin W. Stout   (dustin tv ) +Ryan Hanley   (Content Warfare) and +Jenny Melrose   (The NY Melrose Family) and they will be sharing their insights on Pressgram. Bring a notepad and your questions and decide for yourself if Pressgram is the next best thing for bloggers! As always if you can't watch this live, you can watch it at your convenience right here on the event page, or my YouTube channel. Tuesday October 1st  9 PM (New York Time) #communityeducation   #Gplusfoodbloggers   #pressgram  Pressgram, is it The Next Best Thing for Bloggers? - Community Education Event2013-10-02 03:00:00261  
Life at Google2,388,103Want to learn how to make your resume stand out to Google recruiters? On Monday, May 13 at 11:00am PDT (18:00 UTC), we're having a *Hangout on Air* to discuss preparing your resume for technical roles at Google. Two members of our Staffing team will talk about how to structure your resume, what skills & experiences they look for and how to tailor your CV for our engineering jobs and our other technical roles. If you have questions for our Staffing team, post them on our Moderator page (http://goo.gl/P4bD4) or the Comments section below using the hashtag #GoogleResumeHOA To watch the Hangout, just look for the post at www.google.com/+LifeatGoogle at 18:00 UTC on May 13. Hope to see you there!Hangout on Air: Technical Resume Preparation2013-05-13 20:00:001402  
Google Play8,487,652Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, two of film’s biggest comedy stars, are now its most unexpected interns in their new movie, “The Internship.” Join Vince and Owen in a live Google+ hangout hosted by Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, February 13 at 11am PT to get the inside story about their latest comedy and be the first to view the trailer.  For a sneak peek at what’s in store, check out Vince and Owen in the video, and submit your questions for the comedy duo using #TheInternshipHangout with Google Interns Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as they debut “The Internship” trailer, hosted by Conan O’Brien2013-02-13 20:00:0010924  
Blogger1,398,391In about 45 minutes, resident Blogger guru @106704368739672674589 is leading a tutorial on optimizing your blog's landing page. If you've been blogging for a while and are looking to give your blog a facelift or just make a few tweaks to improve the viewing experience for your users, this might be interesting to you.  Difficulty level: 2/5 (beginner)Hangout on Air: Focusing on Your Blog's Landing Page2012-11-14 20:00:00218  
Google Creative Sandbox1,909,191*We're kicking off a week dedicated to digital creativity starting on Monday, November 12th.* Tune in every day at 2:30pm EST to hear from the creators and developers behind some of the coolest digital campaigns in conversation with Google product experts. Hear what they did, how they did it and learn about the hangups and breakthroughs that happen when technology and creativity collide.   *FULL SCHEDULE* Tune in to watch all the hangouts live at 2:30pm EST on the following days. You can watch at the links below or at @101977577738512604757. *Monday: Mobile* http://goo.gl/ITC17  *Tuesday: YouTube API* http://goo.gl/0OlFr  *Wednesday: DoubleClick Rich Media* http://goo.gl/xKvKp  *Thursday: Google+ API* http://goo.gl/kdqlW *Friday: Geo API* http://goo.gl/AwQT6 Agencies participating include: Beattie McGuinness Bungay, Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Stoop LA, @102290464109038309440, @100968117218490970455, Grow, @107955304334398552274, @104204198159659108238, @117446597649538918850, @118259145589896846021, @112470835543133948805, Famous Interactive  GDL Presents: Creative Sandbox2012-11-12 20:30:00586  
Blogger1,398,391Note: We're now starting this hangout at 10:15 due to technical issues. See you soon! Thanks for bearing with us. After our Hangout with @105816937910419028289 a couple of weeks ago, we asked her to come back for an encore. In this Hangout, she'll share some of the reasons why she decided to chose Blogger as the platform to publish her blog Code It Pretty (www.codeitpretty.com). We'll walk through (and demo, when applicable) some features, such as security, hosting, editable templates, social sharing, and integrated Google products.  Difficulty level: 1/5 (newbie Blogger)Hangout on Air: Why I Chose Blogger (in a Nutshell)2012-10-24 19:30:00267  
Blogger1,398,391A few weeks ago, @106704368739672674589 led a Hangout tutorial explaining the ins and outs of RSS feeds on @110587955497525318489. Tomorrow, he'll be teaching you how to turn a Picasa album into an automated slideshow for your blog with those feeds. If you have questions for David, please leave them via comments. We hope you'll tune in for the Hangout and invite any friends who might be interested!Hangout on Air: Creating custom Picasa slideshows on Blogger2012-09-26 19:00:00276  

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An exhaustive list for link building strategies 

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Thanks for sharing ;)

About data:i & the ability to check it with a conditional statement , I had no previous idea about.

Thanks for sharing ;)

About data:i & the ability to check it with a conditional statement , I had no previous idea about.___

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Cross sharing form the Blogger Google+ Community
The full interview with Chuck Croll , a top contributor on the Official Blogger Forum for the more than 7 years. Hope you enjoy it

Did an interview with +Chuck Croll , one of the most active top contributor of the official Blogger Forum with a track record of participating in more than 30000+  Forum threads till date.  I am sharing the whole interview here itself

1. +Stylify Your Blog  : Hi Chuck Croll , Can you introduce yourself to our readers ?

Chuck Croll : I'm a Networking / Security Consultant, who started using Blogger because publishing my notes, online, was what everybody else was doing. And because some of my advice was provided in online forums - and my Blogger blog was a good place to park my more complex forum references.

See #4 for the complete chronology of my life as a +Blogger Blog*Star.

2. SYB: In these years that you have been using Blogger , why do you still love to use it ?

CC : Blogger gives the world (of many cultures and languages) an opportunity to communicate - with an amazing selection of accessories and self developed options.

3. You are the largest contributor in the Blogger Forum with posts in over 41500+ thread and averaging around 50 posts a day . How do you manage this much dedication to Blogger while balancing it with your day-to-day life ?

 Multitasking - and virtual living - is the key. And, sleeping odd hours (a side effect of virtual living).

4. You have been a Blogger  +Top Contributors for over 7 years and have seen many updates in the Blogger Platform , Can you possibly take us chronological through the major updates that, you found ,took Blogger to new heights ?

As a MicroSoft MVP, I started my first blog, PChuck's Network, in 2005. The first post in my blog, "The NT Browser", was my collection of advices that I provided to computer owners, to explain why they couldn't see all of their computers from each other, through their home networks. Note here that the term "browser" is significantly different than what is used, today.

In 2006, PChuck's Network was down for over a week, with my first experience with "403 Forbidden" (a condition about which I have since learned a lot) - and the Blogger Help forum was full of reports from other angry blog owners, reporting the same. With no answers from Blogger, including in their highly publicised blog "Blogger Status", I started The RealBlogger Status . After Blogger brought PChuck's Network back a week later, I kept "The Real Blogger Status" going - and started giving advice in the forum.

My first few blog posts, in "The Real Blogger Status", targeted the spammers in Blogger Help - which then contributed 75% of total forum content.

On Thanksgiving Day, 2006, I got my first email from Blogger, thanking me for my contributions - and my life as a Blogger Blog*Star started.

In January 2007, Blogger started issuing bX codes to identify problems - MHO, a true genius concept. A month later, they introduced the Custom Domains feature, which gave the ability to publish blogs to non Blogspot URLs - a second true genius concept. Later in February 2007, "The Real Blogger Status" was recognised as a significant complement to "Blogger Status", as part of the bX-sp4hmm error diagnosis and resolution process.

Also in 2007, Blogger changed their template structure from plain old HTML, to dynamic XML, and introduced the Layouts class of templates. They gave us the "Page Elements" wizard (now the dashboard "Layout" wizard), which lets us add accessories to the blog without having to edit HTML.

In January 2008, Blogger started an organised determined effort to rid the Blogosphere of the rampant spam content. Later in 2008, we added more Blog*Stars to the group - and Blogger Help really took off as an effective source of advice, to Blogger blog owners everywhere.

In 2010, Blogger added the Stats feature, a visitor meter which lets blog owners measure visitor activity, without requiring any installation - a third genius concept. Also in 2010, they ended FTP Publishing, a feature made redundant by Custom Domain Publishing. And, they introduced the Designer class of templates - and gave us the "Template Designer" wizard (now the "Customize" option in the dashboard "Template" wizard), to let us mix and match template backgrounds, layouts, and styles in infinite variety, without having to edit HTML.

In February 2011, we saw the first referer spam, an organised attack against our Stats logs. In March, 2011, Blogger added the "Dynamic" class of templates, to give our readers the choice how to view our blogs, when they view them. And later that year, RBS was honoured, by the spammers which I have been fighting since 2006, with a "Joe Job" attack delivered using referer spam.

In the months and years since, we've seen other, interesting experiences. In truth, there is always something going on - though without comprehensive forum experience, much of the ongoing activities won't always be apparent, because of normal forum activity, at any given time.

5. Blogger has entered into its 14th year of operation , Which breakthroughs are needed in terms of features or innovative approaches that will make sure it continues like this ?

Right now, MHO, their most urgent need is more flexible support of "mobile" / "small" computers. The option to publish comments against Blogger blogs, using "mobile" computers,is not a well supported feature - though the problem is compounded by the owners of the "mobile" computers. The current "one size fits all" approach, applying a common "mobile" template to all "mobile" / "small" computers - regardless of computer ability and features set - is not sufficiently granular.

They also need to step up integration of Community Building ("Google+"), Photo Serving / Sharing / Storage ("Google+ Photos" / "Picasa"), and Video Serving / Sharing / Storage ("YouTube") And other Real Place / Real Time concepts like Events, Places, and Maps - details which right now are only found in Google+ - need to be better integrated into Blogger, again to support "mobile" computer type applications.

Contrarily, they need to be aware that not every Blogger user is madly impressed by Google+. Blogger should not become "Google+ Blogs". Google needs to improve Google+, so people want to use it - not tweak products like Blogger and YouTube, and force people to use it.

And again (see #12), they need to improve the quality and reliability of third party accessories, gadgets, and templates.

6. Blogger has started the Hangout on Air series  which has received great responses from users , Do you think more audio-visual and interactive content from Blogger would be useful in driving higher user adoption and spreading more general awareness about the platform ? 

I suspect that AV content can be used, to accompany hypertext based documentation. I don't think that AV content will replace hypertext, in driving higher user adoption and spreading more general awareness about the platform.

Much of what we do, in maintaining and publishing a Blogger blog, involves text based processes.
Whenever Blogger changes their processes, a generic hypertext based description of what needs to be done will be much more accurate, than a series of pictures that have changed completely.

I use screen prints, to illustrate my documentation. I don't think screen prints, or videos, will ever replace properly written documentation. Look at the Blogger Help library - every week, we get a new report of some key Blogger Help document, that is unusable, because it's out of date. And Blogger has a full time engineer, who does nothing but write Blogger Help pages.


7. Blogger Templates combine with the Blogger Template Designer make it easier for users to customize their blogs. Recent updates to the Template Editor have made it even simpler. What do you think are the Plus and Minuses of the Blogger Templating system ?

+ : Anybody is allowed to customise their own template, or to use a custom template provided by a third party.

- : Anybody is allowed to customise their own template, or to use a custom template provided by a third party.

Template customisation is both a good, and a bad, feature. Blogger lets blog owners make their own boundaries, in customising their blogs - and some decisions which are made by some blog owners are not always good decisions. Then, they post in Blogger Help Forum, demanding that a Blogger Engineer fix their mistakes.

Witness right now, the problem with "dynamic" templates and missing updates. Template customisation is truly a plus and minus, at the same time.

But, it's like parenting. You have to let the kids make their mistakes - then they grow up, and teach their own kids.


8. Your Blog is aptly titled the "The Real Blogger Status" and gives ample information about current issues and general tips and tricks related to Blogger. You have actively maintained it for nearly 8 Years now. When do you think that it is time to make a post ?

Much of the content - original and updates - start with questions answered in the forum. RBS is simply my way of identifying significant Blogger issues - and providing my advice which may be found without requiring exhaustive effort, by the blog owners and readers, in combing through forum topics. It's a stream of consciousness effort. As soon as I feel that I am repetitively stating or restating an issue, in the forum, I write a blog post.

Many of my posts write themselves. Some time ago, I wrote about the schizophrenic nature of the "HTML" / "Text" gadgets, and how easy it was to confuse them. Today, I wrote a companion article, which focuses on one cause of a current problem - broken Text gadgets. Both articles discuss the same subtle peccadillo in Blogger design - but approach the subject from different directions.

9. Currently Blogger is experiencing a lot of issues. Many users are curious to know why are the current problem is occurring ?

Blogger is always experiencing a lot of issues - though at any time, not every blog owner or reader may necessarily be aware of each issue. There will always be issues - as long as people use their own computers to publish and read Blogger blogs. You may see my answer in #8 above, for an example of how subtle one possible cause, of one specific current problem, may be.


10. WordPress and Tumblr are actively involved in supporting as well as organizing events where people using their platform , come together and interact. Do you think similar community building activities should be supported & encouraged by Blogger as well ?

Blogger is a blogging platform. For community building activity (such as organizing events where people using their platform, come together and interact), Google provides Google+ - just as they provide complementary Google components.

 +Gmail  for email.
Google Groups , for forum based communication.
+Google+ Photos  , for picture serving and sharing.

All of these services - GMail, Google+, Google Groups, Picasa, and other Google services - are separate from Blogger. The Google platform provides more services, better integrated than any competing web based product.

11. Many Pro Blogger state various reasons like lack of flexibility , Google's control over data ,etc for using other platform rather than Blogger. What do you think is lacking in Blogger which is keeping professional bloggers from adopting Blogger platform ?

True professions - for instance legal, medical, real estate sales, and such, require
A legally recognised organisation, which provides standards for the profession.
A rigorous certification process, which all "professionals" undergo - to prove their worthiness as a "pro" lawyer, doctor, salesman, etc.
The blogging "profession" requires none of this. Merely calling oneself a "pro blogger" does not make oneself a professional - just as not calling oneself a "pro blogger" makes oneself an amateur.

My suspicion is that there are far less "professional" bloggers using non Blogger blogging platforms, than those who title themselves "pro bloggers" - and there are far more "professional" bloggers who do use Blogger, than those who title themselves "pro bloggers".

Many so called "pro bloggers", when attempting to advertise in Blogger Help, are easily identified as spammers.

12. There are over 7000 developers in the official Blogger Developer Group and Blogger API v3 has really good cross-platform support. How do you think that Blogger/Google can attract more Developers to develop creative and ingenious Gadgets and Applications for Blogger ?

Blogger / Google will continue what they have been doing, for more years than I have been working with them.

Develop an industry leading blogging platform.
Develop an industry leading online products suite, to complement their blogging platform.
Let market forces bring developers to develop creative and ingenious applications and gadgets, for Blogger.

The challenge is not attracting more developers - it's encouraging more honest and productive developers. And it requires prevention of the ongoing installation of devious, malicious, and misbehaving gadgets, by naive blog owners.

13. Medium was launched last year by +Evan Williams  , one of the person who co-founded Blogger. It has a minimalistic interface and is very focused towards Blogging alone. How do you think Blogger can compete with Medium and upcoming platforms like Ghost ?

Here, I'll reference my answer in Question 10, to start. Blogger is a blogging platform - but it's part of the Google applications suite. People like Evan Williams can construct more blogging platforms, as they like - but can they provide complementary features like community building (ala Google+), email (GMail), photo sharing and storage (Picasa), and video sharing and storage (YouTube) - in a minimalistic interface?

Only time will tell whether single purpose focused blogging platforms will be useful, to the world in general. I don't see any need for Blogger to "compete" - just to continue to develop complementary features, that produce no "drag" when not in use. And more selective integration with complementary services like Google+ will help.

14. There are more than 300,000 users in the Official Blogger Support forums ( All languages combine ) . What are your thoughts on supporting people outside the forums like via Social Media channels like Google+ which have a much larger user base ?

Right now, Blogger blogs are updated in a text mode interface. I, personally, will continue using Blogger Help Forums, simply because the GPF(Google Product Forum) infrastructure provides the necessary features and options which make a good forum structure. IMHO, neither Google+ or Twitter will ever provide a good technical forum infrastructure, which works for giving advice about a complex product like Blogger.

Google+ and Twitter provide a good environment for sharing content, and casual interaction. Neither gives any type of documentation structure, to compete with the FAQs or discussion topics, which we have in Blogger Help Forum. We'll use Google+ as a complement to BHF - not an alternate, by any means.

As an example, try to imagine this interview being conducted in Google+. I'll write more detail, on that thought, another time.

15. How can our readers find you on the web , contact you and hire you ?

My Google+ profile (which links from and to my Blogger Help Forum profile) provides a point of contact, an introduction to my areas of expertise and personality, and a point of reference back to anybody trying to contact me. 

Feel free to share your views about the interview___Cross sharing form the Blogger Google+ Community
The full interview with Chuck Croll , a top contributor on the Official Blogger Forum for the more than 7 years. Hope you enjoy it

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Hosted +Chuck Croll for the second +Blogger Titans interview

http://bit.ly/BloggerTitans

We talked about the following 
- Why Chuck still loves Blogger and some of the major changes Blogger has seen in the past 7 years 
- What +Blogger needs to do to adapt in the ever-changing field of blogging platforms 
- How Blogger can improve user-adoption and do better community building activities 
- How Blogger will be able to compete with other upcoming blogging platforms like Medium and Ghost 
- Thoughts about supporting users outside of the Official Blogger Forums 

#Blogger #Blogging #Interviews 

Hosted +Chuck Croll for the second +Blogger Titans interview

http://bit.ly/BloggerTitans

We talked about the following 
- Why Chuck still loves Blogger and some of the major changes Blogger has seen in the past 7 years 
- What +Blogger needs to do to adapt in the ever-changing field of blogging platforms 
- How Blogger can improve user-adoption and do better community building activities 
- How Blogger will be able to compete with other upcoming blogging platforms like Medium and Ghost 
- Thoughts about supporting users outside of the Official Blogger Forums 

#Blogger #Blogging #Interviews ___

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Hi +David Kutcher 
Thanks for this , having been using it on my blog from almost the day you released them
Just one thing I found , rather than

 href: window.location,

can you change it to 

href: '<data:post.canonicalUrl/>' ,

Suggesting this because when I opened my blog on Mobile or when the URL of post contained any kind of id or parameters , then the old comments didn't show up. This might be happening because the comments were being sent to that URL (window.location) but by using the above data tag , the URL of the G+ comments would always be the post (blogspot.com to be specific , it will take care of the ccTLDs as well )

Hi +David Kutcher 
Thanks for this , having been using it on my blog from almost the day you released them
Just one thing I found , rather than

 href: window.location,

can you change it to 

href: '<data:post.canonicalUrl/>' ,

Suggesting this because when I opened my blog on Mobile or when the URL of post contained any kind of id or parameters , then the old comments didn't show up. This might be happening because the comments were being sent to that URL (window.location) but by using the above data tag , the URL of the G+ comments would always be the post (blogspot.com to be specific , it will take care of the ccTLDs as well )___

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2013-11-08 20:37:11 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Heads up that we just updated the Blogger features page! Take a look for a quick overview what Blogger has to offer.

Heads up that we just updated the Blogger features page! Take a look for a quick overview what Blogger has to offer.___

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2013-10-30 11:25:27 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A Collection of 20 Premium Responsive +Blogger Templates

A Collection of 20 Premium Responsive +Blogger Templates___

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2013-10-25 11:42:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Yesterday, +Google Ideas launched an Investigative Dashboard for journalists in partnership with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The tool provides journalists, civil society groups and citizens an easier way to search public records to map connections between companies. It also provides a research desk for cases that need expert human help. Take a look and let us know what you think! http://investigativedashboard.org

Yesterday, +Google Ideas launched an Investigative Dashboard for journalists in partnership with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The tool provides journalists, civil society groups and citizens an easier way to search public records to map connections between companies. It also provides a research desk for cases that need expert human help. Take a look and let us know what you think! http://investigativedashboard.org___

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2013-10-13 10:49:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

First in the Series of many Interviews to come 
Today I interview +Andy Page , +Blogger Forum Top Contributor and Owner of one of the Biggest Website on Blogger platform +SpoilerTV 

We talk about the following stuff
- Life of a Blogger Forum Top Contributor
- Why you love Blogger platform
- Features you like to see in the future updates for Blogger
- About the recent issues that plagued Blogger
- Why Developers give higher preference to other CMS's over Blogger

and many more interesting stuff like how SpoilerTV was made ( and gets around 60 million Page Views a year )

Do check it out if you have a Blog on +Blogger to know in what direction it is headed as well as if you want to know about how Blogger will once again become a champion among CMS's

http://bit.ly/Blogger-Titans

First in the Series of many Interviews to come 
Today I interview +Andy Page , +Blogger Forum Top Contributor and Owner of one of the Biggest Website on Blogger platform +SpoilerTV 

We talk about the following stuff
- Life of a Blogger Forum Top Contributor
- Why you love Blogger platform
- Features you like to see in the future updates for Blogger
- About the recent issues that plagued Blogger
- Why Developers give higher preference to other CMS's over Blogger

and many more interesting stuff like how SpoilerTV was made ( and gets around 60 million Page Views a year )

Do check it out if you have a Blog on +Blogger to know in what direction it is headed as well as if you want to know about how Blogger will once again become a champion among CMS's

http://bit.ly/Blogger-Titans___

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2013-10-10 15:55:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Service is Joy

Service is Joy___

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2013-10-07 16:23:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Three Chances to Win a PixelKit Membership Account
http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/2013/10/three-chances-to-win-pixelkit-one-year-membership.html
Open till 14th October - Participate Now !! #Giveaway

Three Chances to Win a PixelKit Membership Account
http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/2013/10/three-chances-to-win-pixelkit-one-year-membership.html
Open till 14th October - Participate Now !! #Giveaway___

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2013-10-06 02:54:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A New Blogger Template : Next Saturday 

Instructions : http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/2013/10/next-saturday-blogger-template.html
Demo : http://nextsaturdaytemplate.blogspot.com/ncr
Download : http://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B2q6Xayydz29VUw0dUxXVldDeHc&export=download


Features : 
- Fixed Design
- Search Engine Optimized
- Lightning fast Page Load Time (98% in Google Page Speed)
- Simple Threaded Comment Design
- Supports All Major browsers
- Read More Hack
- Oxygen Web Font
- Captivating Post Date design
- Two Column Design
- Widget Ready Sidebar with Stacked effect
- Simple Menu Design
- CSS3 Shadows in Post Area
- Support for Open Graph and Twitter Cards
- Trendy Email Subscription Box

A New Blogger Template : Next Saturday 

Instructions : http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/2013/10/next-saturday-blogger-template.html
Demo : http://nextsaturdaytemplate.blogspot.com/ncr
Download : http://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B2q6Xayydz29VUw0dUxXVldDeHc&export=download


Features : 
- Fixed Design
- Search Engine Optimized
- Lightning fast Page Load Time (98% in Google Page Speed)
- Simple Threaded Comment Design
- Supports All Major browsers
- Read More Hack
- Oxygen Web Font
- Captivating Post Date design
- Two Column Design
- Widget Ready Sidebar with Stacked effect
- Simple Menu Design
- CSS3 Shadows in Post Area
- Support for Open Graph and Twitter Cards
- Trendy Email Subscription Box___

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2013-06-21 05:16:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

GitHub Got Silly Rich. Next Step: Make More Awesome
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-20/github-got-silly-rich-dot-next-step-make-more-awesome

GitHub Got Silly Rich. Next Step: Make More Awesome
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-20/github-got-silly-rich-dot-next-step-make-more-awesome___

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2013-05-29 10:56:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Another Great giveaway from +Stylify Your Blog 

Win 5 Developer accounts from ElegantThemes worth 89$ Each___Another Great giveaway from +Stylify Your Blog 

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2013-05-18 06:30:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Another Great Giveaway from +Kevin Liew 

Another Great Giveaway from +Kevin Liew ___

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2013-05-16 06:47:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Cheers to all +Blogger Users 

The long awaited Contact Form Gadget from Blogger is here 

The New Official +Blogger Contact Form Gadget Released ___Cheers to all +Blogger Users 

The long awaited Contact Form Gadget from Blogger is here 

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2013-04-30 16:08:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A detailed post on why to switch to the newly unveiled Google+ Comments for Blogger 
A must for those one still haven't made up their mind weather to shift to G+ Comments

Five Reasons to Switch to Google+ Comments for +Blogger  Right Away

Special thanks for the Hangout On Air explaining the nitty gritties of the New Google+ Comment System
+Yonatan Zunger +Dan Peterson +Lisa Ding ___A detailed post on why to switch to the newly unveiled Google+ Comments for Blogger 
A must for those one still haven't made up their mind weather to shift to G+ Comments

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2013-04-26 19:10:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Adding Infinite Scrolling in +Blogger Blogs 

___Adding Infinite Scrolling in +Blogger Blogs 

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2013-04-25 19:15:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A brief overview of the +HP 's HPConnectedMusic platform and the recently concluded  +IndiBlogger Meet in Gurgaon http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/2013/04/blogging-fun-and-hpconnectedmusic.html

A brief overview of the +HP 's HPConnectedMusic platform and the recently concluded  +IndiBlogger Meet in Gurgaon http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/2013/04/blogging-fun-and-hpconnectedmusic.html___

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2013-04-10 12:41:42 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the Reshare +Rahul Roy 

Google launches new blogger template editor___Thanks for the Reshare +Rahul Roy 

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2013-04-10 09:26:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A detailed post about all the New features of +Blogger Template Editor

The All New Template Editor for +Blogger  is here
All its new features explained ___A detailed post about all the New features of +Blogger Template Editor

2013-04-07 11:22:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Donating my Xbox

Today I donated my Xbox 360 Elite to Goodwill. It represented a time in my life as a developer that I'm not overly proud about living.

I worked for a couple years designing games at Microsoft. It is honestly difficult to say the exact group I was in since the organization was hit regularly by massive reorgs and general management failure.

This was the era right before Kinect and there was an effort underway to broaden the audience to extend beyond the 'big black boy box' brand that so defined the original Xbox. Ultimately, the anemic outcome of this great leap forward was a handful of resource starved trivia games and gameshows. But the dream of bringing socially positive games to more people really appealed to me.

I was an outsider. When I used a console, it was likely to be one built by Nintendo. My design direction tended... more »

Donating my Xbox

Today I donated my Xbox 360 Elite to Goodwill. It represented a time in my life as a developer that I'm not overly proud about living.

I worked for a couple years designing games at Microsoft. It is honestly difficult to say the exact group I was in since the organization was hit regularly by massive reorgs and general management failure.

This was the era right before Kinect and there was an effort underway to broaden the audience to extend beyond the 'big black boy box' brand that so defined the original Xbox. Ultimately, the anemic outcome of this great leap forward was a handful of resource starved trivia games and gameshows. But the dream of bringing socially positive games to more people really appealed to me.

I was an outsider. When I used a console, it was likely to be one built by Nintendo. My design direction tended towards non-violence and cuter, gender neutral designs. I really enjoyed (and to this day still do) original mechanics and will trade cutscenes for gameplay in a heartbeat. Strategy over button mashing! My earliest influences stem from the Amiga and early PC titles, not the regurgitation of a roller coaster known as Halo.

The capital of the console ecosystem
In many ways, a gig at Microsoft was a career peak for many developers I worked with. Since childhood, they had played console games, worked at console companies and then finally made it to the platform mothership from which all their life's work was originally born. The repeated mantra was "The things we do here will impact millions." The unsaid subtext was "millions of Gamers just like us."

It was also a cultural hub. You worked there because you were a gamer. People boasted about epic Gamer Scores and joked about staying up multiple days straight in order to beat the latest release. The men were hardcore. The management was hardcore. The women were doubly hardcore. To succeed politically in a viciously political organization, you lived the brand.

You got the sense the pre-Xbox, gamers as bros was a subculture within the nerdy hobby of games. Over two console generations, a highly cynical marketing team spent billions with no hope of immediate payback to shift the market. Nintendo was slandered as a kids platform, not a leading light. Xbox put machismo, ultra-violence and chimpboys with backwards caps in the spotlight. Wedge, wedge, wedge. Gamers were handed a pre-packaged group identity via the propaganda machine of a mega corporation. For those raised post-Xbox, this workplace was the unquestioned birthplace, the Mecca. Dude. They made Halo.

Cognitive dissonance
I'm okay with not fitting in. Over many years I've gotten comfortable being an alien floating in a sea of Others. There weren't a lot of computer loving digital makers in rural Maine in the 80s. I spend most of my days dreaming of an intricate systemic future where things are better. It is a state of constantly being half a second out of phase with the rest of the world.

Still it was a challenge being in an group that knew intellectually they had to reach out to new people while at the same time knowing in their heart of hearts that just adding more barrels to a shotgun was the fastest path to gamer glory. Talking with others in the larger organization would yield a sympathetic look. "Someone has to deal with those non-gamers. Sorry it has to be you. Bro."

I am not actually a bro. Don't tell anyone.

We made adorable hand drawn prototypes and watched them climb through the ranks only to be shot dead by Elder Management that found cuteness instinctually revolting.

Correct games
There is a form to modern console games. If you've played the recent Bioshock Infinite, you can see the fully glory of the vision.

First there is a world rendered in lush 3D. This justifies the hardware.

Next are intermittent dollops of plot. These are voice acted because it is a quality signal. They feature intricately modeled characters on a virtual stage. This gives the arc narrative momentum and lets you know you've finished something meaningful.

Filling out the gaps in the 7-12 hours ride are moments of rote game play with all possible feedback knobs tuned to 11. Blood, brains, impact. Innovation is located at 11.2. This makes you feel something visceral.

Each element of this form is refined to a most perfect formula. There are crate-raised critics who make subtle distinctions between the 52 historical shades of grey. There are documents and research. If you are a creative working at or within a publisher, your higher purpose is to judge games based off their adherence to the form. The game is a product and consistency, much like that found in McDonalds fries, results in repeat purchases. You are someone with taste.

You police the act of creation. It is a job. It is a set of orders that come from above. It is your childhood dream.

Away, away
I no longer work at Microsoft. Instead, I started up Spry Fox and spend my dreamy days making odd little games. They barely have plots. They focus on player agency and more often than not sport cute 2D graphics. Very few can be won. None come in boxes. We don't even need to spend billions to get people to play them.

I'm driven by ideals that fit poorly with a highly gated console monoculture: What if games can connect people? What if they can improve the world? What if they bring happiness and joy to our lives?

Hardcore gamers, women, men, children, families, people that play no other games...they play these personal, quirky games of ours. Yeah...we impact tens of millions. Deep down, I'm not sure if any of them are people like me.

So far, none of these games have been released on the Xbox. There's little economic or cultural fit with the artificially propped up tribe residing in that cloistered warren.

So goodbye, big black box. I never really liked what you stood for.

take care,
Danc.___

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2013-04-01 07:43:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

FlatUI +Blogger  Template with full support for Blogger Template Designer

FlatUI +Blogger  Template with full support for Blogger Template Designer___

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2013-03-23 10:26:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A lie called Focus

A lie called Focus___

2013-03-12 05:05:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Inspiration is a lie

Inspiration is a lie___

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2013-03-05 18:13:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

How Wealth is actually distributed in America

How Wealth is actually distributed in America___

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2013-01-17 15:59:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Tips for spending money more Wisely

Tips for spending money more Wisely___

2013-01-13 05:29:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Stop privatization of Knowledge

#Aaron #Swartz #Hero  

Stop privatization of Knowledge

#Aaron #Swartz #Hero  ___

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2013-01-11 17:18:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Redefining Failure from time to time can be really helpful 

Redefining Failure from time to time can be really helpful ___

2013-01-10 16:54:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Giving up things to focus more

Giving up things to focus more___

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2013-01-09 12:51:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A look at our lifestyles

A look at our lifestyles___

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2013-01-07 19:05:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Google+ is the future

Google+ is the future___

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2013-01-05 10:23:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Nexus 4 Vs iPhone

Nexus 4 Vs iPhone___

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2013-01-04 16:27:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The future through Larry Page's Eyes 

The future through Larry Page's Eyes ___

2013-01-03 16:29:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Being a iOS Developer in Google

Being a iOS Developer in Google___

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2013-01-01 17:14:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In Memory of all the Titans of Technology who left us in 2012

In Memory of all the Titans of Technology who left us in 2012___

2012-12-31 18:05:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A Story about how Small things can bring incredible joy to Life

A Story about how Small things can bring incredible joy to Life___

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2012-12-30 18:59:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Education System is broken for sure but this doesn't mean we get rid of it completely

Education System is broken for sure but this doesn't mean we get rid of it completely___

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2012-12-30 08:26:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Trends in Tech from a Tenth Grader perspective 

Trends in Tech from a Tenth Grader perspective ___

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2012-12-29 18:53:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

IE10 now has 0.51% share in the browser market !!

IE10 now has 0.51% share in the browser market !!___

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2012-12-26 13:32:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Don't be dismayed by Disappointments 
Just Set A Goal and see how things will start happening when you work towards them untiringly 
A Story of +Neeraj Agarwal from http://inkthemes.com/

Don't be dismayed by Disappointments 
Just Set A Goal and see how things will start happening when you work towards them untiringly 
A Story of +Neeraj Agarwal from http://inkthemes.com/___

2012-12-26 13:24:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A Deep thought about Start-ups

A Deep thought about Start-ups___

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2012-12-26 13:11:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

People never trust an accommodating man with important things

People never trust an accommodating man with important things___

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2012-12-25 15:32:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How much our life depends on Other People as much as it does on our own Actions

How much our life depends on Other People as much as it does on our own Actions___

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2012-12-21 18:33:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A New take on the 2nd Amendment

A New take on the 2nd Amendment___

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2012-12-20 17:57:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A New State of Matter !

A New State of Matter !___

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2012-12-17 08:04:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How Content Producers are doomed to Burnout : The Story of +brian lam 

How Content Producers are doomed to Burnout : The Story of +brian lam ___

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