Archive for October, 2010

A sidebar for your Writer’s Residence blog

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Lots of blogs have sidebars with blog rolls, Twitter feeds or search bars etc.

I’ve added a blog sidebar feature for WR that you can get to by clicking on the Blog tab in the management screens and the clicking Blog sidebar in the grey submenu.

That is a markdown enabled field that will show up in the right hand side of your blog page.

I’ve added a blog roll, Google Custom search and a Twitter widget to mine:

The blog roll is just a markdown list of links to my friend’s websites:

**Blog Roll**

* [Monica](
* [Tim](
* [Henry](

Here are some notes on where to find the search and Twitter widgets to add to your sidebar.

Google Custom Search
– click the ‘Create a Custom Search Engine’ at the top right of the page
– enter your Writer’s Residence website address into the ‘Sites to search box’
– click through next to get the script to copy and paste into your sidebar

Twitter Widget
– choose Dimensions and then click the auto width check box
– the finish and grab code button gives you the script to copy and paste into your sidebar

Please note that you can also add comments to your blog using a service called Disqus. You can find more about that here:

Formatting poetry in Writer’s Residence

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Formatting poetry isn’t as straight forward as we’d like it to be. The Internet seems to have been created by engineers rather than poets. Designed with prose in mind.

You can format poetry, it just requires a couple of tweaks.

When you want to break a line hit the space bar twice at the end of the line and press enter.

When you want to break a paragraph press enter twice at the end of the line.

So for example:

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose[space][space][enter]
That’s newly sprung in June;[space][space][enter]
O my Luve’s like the melodie[space][space][enter]
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.[enter]
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,[space][space][enter]
So deep in luve am I:[space][space][enter]
And I will luve thee still, my dear,[space][space][enter]
Till a’ the seas gang dry:[enter]

If you want help with the formatting of a specific poem send it over via email and we can help out.