Thursday, February 12, 2009

More Things On a Stick! Thing 24, Go Forth and Refresh Your Blog

Yahoo! Avatars

At last I'm beginning the More Things on a Stick, part two of the 23 Things on a Stick program. I have continued blogging since the last program ended, and I have added and tried many things to enhance my blog. Still, there are always things to learn.


I only commented on a few blogs last time around. I think perhaps my blog name and my adorable skull avatar might have taken a few bloggers by surprise. I still tend not to comment alot on other blogs, but in the interest of discussion I'll hop on out there this time to see what happens.

If you would like to comment on this blog and you have a Blogger account, just type your message in the comment box. You will then be asked to type in a verification code, just type exactly what you see in the box. This mostly prevents weasely automated programs from sending comments to your blog. You will also be asked to sign into your blogger account in order for your comment to appear. I worried at first that signing in would give the blog my information, but never fear, it is never seen at all by the blogger.

I have also chosen the option in my blog setup to allow Anonymous comments. If you have trouble with the Blogger authentication and sign in, or you do not have a blog, just write your comments and choose Anonymous as your sign in option.

25 Basic Styles of Blogging

I'm pretty sure I have this embedded here. This is a great introduction to various blogging styles and reasons for blogging you might not have considered. There is no reason not to combine various styles if it suits your purpose.

Find a New Layout for Your Blog

You are able to change your template at any time. Your content will generally transfer to the new template style, but some page elements such as pictures or links along the side or bottom may be re-positioned or they may not quite fit anymore. In other cases they may fit much better. The basic set of choices you had when you originially set up your Blogger account will be there.

There are other sites that have user created templates for you to try for free as well. Be aware that a few might require downloads to your computer and if you are working on your blog at work security restrictions will likely stop you from downloading.

Blogger Templates

Blogger Buster Lots of templates, plus forums for discussion, tutorials and a selection of widgets.

Btemplates A large variety of templates in Blogger format.

Add information to your profile

I am going to change my profile a bit for the purpose of 23 Things. I'm not going to display my name, collegiality or no. Since this is a personal and not a professional blog, the rules of the online world and protecting yourself from... lets just say it...wierdos... stays firmly in place here at D.O.A. Central.

Get Creative: 10 Fun Websites to create your free avatar

I must be the only person who did the original 23 Things who never created a Yahoo Avatar. For this exercise I created one and it is at the top of the page. None of the vast array of outfits except a fuzzy pink bathrobe really suited me. The avatar at the top of the post is actually quite close to what most characters I create look like in the online world, so there we are. I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to snare it to display here. They used that tricky term "export" and I didn't see where to do it right off or that they just wanted me to copy and paste the html code from their export page to here. My cheeks were burning thinking why oh why can everyone figure this out but me. Luckily I persevered. Fingers crossed when I hit Publish there isn't a bunch of gobbledygook up there.

I'll try some of the others as well and try to wedge them in here with commentary.

Off to a good start at last! D.O.A. over and out.

Otaku Avatar Maker

Here is my Otaku Avatar. They have many options style wise. I think it is very user friendly except for choosing coloration--they don't make it clear that you need to click on the current color palette choice in order to change it. Oops the avatar isn't here on the page at all, just a line that says "Otaku Avatar Maker". It isn't a link either. This appeared to be saved in My Pictures....need to do some tweaking.

That's interesting. The Save Picture As option came up saving this as a GIF file, but that did not display. I used the drop down on the Save As box to choose bitmap instead and there she is!


I'm not sold on having an animated avatar but I did create one. I may be wrong but it seems that an animated avatar might make your page load slowly for some visitors. As I'm writing that my Kat Clock came to mind. The blog page loads fine but that widget and its animation does load very slowly on some computers.

Although there are many options for customizing the avatar, many could not be previewed because they were VIP. Once I found a look I liked and went to save I was told some of my options cost "Coinz". (Note actually I see now each option that costs COINZ ) Since they had distributed some to me in theory for signing up and getting their newletter, I went ahead and pressed "purchase and save". Maybe I'm a few Coinz short! because it has been over ten minutes and my avatar is still "processing". 45 minutes.... In order to move on without losing my avatar for posterity, I did a Print Screen of the web page. And stuck it in Word (which I couldn't get to post here,) then Paint. This is from Paint:

So, anywho, I couldn't get the avatar to stop processing so the big eyed creature you see here in part, is all she wrote. Tis a shame because I selected the body style "Booty Betty". Tsk.

Pimp My Doll

The page won't come up on this site so back to it later perhaps.


I didn't realize I had already signed up for this avatar site, but I changed the avatar a bit so she rocks. Sort of. Once again the GIF type image didn't display a picture so I used the alternative of Save As and stuck it in My Pictures then lofted it here.

The Horoscope Avatar maker lets you customize a face, adds your sign and theoretically...displays your horoscope of the day.

I have not been able to get this avatar to display here by copying and pasting code, by doing a Save Picture As...nada. Let alone show my daily horoscope.

Mess Dudes!

These are sort of fun and easy, with all options free of charge, something I'm really beginning to appreciate.

It might be a bit confusing trying to add this one to your blog because the "Download Now" directions make it look like it is only for your desktop or mobile phone. Once you are on the download screen the option to add to your blog or site by using "Save Picture As" is available.

The Doll Palace

Dress Up Games, Doll Makers and Cartoon Dolls @ The Doll Palace

Requires an account sign up. They email you a password and then ask you to change it right away.

This uses a drag and drop onto the model interface. I tried out the Pirate Dolls. There are dozens of choices and they're really stylish. Good choice if you would like to change your avatar frequently, even seasonally. There is an option to upgrade to a premium service which gives more options such as creating a doll contest. Most useful.

Dollmaker Code

Theoretically, this provides html-meisters with the tools to create from scratch their own avatars. I can copy and paste code with the best and worst of them, but it all looks like math to me. I can't create with the "easy creator" except by using their stock "Elouai" model and options.

Digibody's AIM Icon Maker

This tiny avatar has a few options and an interface used by many of these avatar makers. Use when you're in a silly mood or want to accentuate something comedic you write. No sign up required.

South Park Avatar

Well...I've never watched South Park so these squat little figures are just ok.

Simpson's/Burger King Avatar

This avatar creator says it analyzes your photo and "Simpsonizes" it, but as you can see below there really is no observable correlation between the original photograph and the completed avatar. In fact, the avatar creation process is the typical one where you pick certain facial and other features from a set and add them to your "creation".

The Original Photo

The Same Photo Simpsonized

You must register and/or login to save your creation. Save options are emailing the image or "exporting" which in this case does not mean you can copy and paste html code. The "export" option allows you to save the image on your computer, which can then be added to your blog or site. A much better option for photo editing and making an avatar from a photo is Pizap

Note my D.O.A. avatar. I was able to add color to the photo, change the eye color, and write a message. Additionally you can have your Pizap image put on a T-shirt, mug, Mousepad or other object.

Image Chef Avatar

The Image Chef program lets you adapt your photos or images provided by them, adding messages such as the one below:


  1. were you created by Tamora Pierce and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman?

  2. I am sure that adorable skull avatar will be back. I had no desire to revive my avatars from the first round.

  3. Yay! Jim the Pink Skeleton fan! Thanks for those kind words.