Monday, December 23, 2013

Updates and changes to my blog format

I've made a few updates to my spreadsheets and blog as a whole that I wanted to share...

Month of Raise column on the Watch List spreadsheet: I added a column to track which month of the year a stock will give their annual raise. Its numeric to save on space but corresponds to the month: 1 is January, 2 is February etc. For companies that give multiple raises a year or if they are not consistent then I just leave it blank. I've found keeping thins information in mind to be handy as companies can have slight gains when their dividend raise is announced.

Just found the width slider: After three years of this template I finally found the width option for the blog. I always thought it was too narrow and confining but couldn't see a way to change it. I had finally had enough and rolled up my sleeves and found it. It was under template -> customize -> template editor. Never let it be said that blogspot is user friendly. I've found many of their features rather... odd.

Debating switching over to WordPress: I've seen some nice blogs out there and they happen to not be on blogspot. Blogspot has served me well over the years but I'd like to do more that go beyond what I can do here with blogspot.  However I also know that I just did a blog revamp and you can't do too many of those. It may not be a big deal to others but I've found it a little intrusive to a reader's flow as they check up on their blog list.
If you use WordPress or have made the switch yourself let me know. I don't do this for income or ads so any loss of revenue from readership is a non-issue, but I'd like to hear anyone's thoughts on their experience of changing blogs and URLs.

Disclaimer: The investments and trades discussed are not recommendations for others. I am not a financial planner, financial advisor, accountant, or tax adviser. The financial actions I talk about are for my own portfolio and money and only suited for my own risk tolerance, strategy, and ideas. Copying another person's financial moves can lead to large losses. Each person needs to do their due diligence in researching and planning their own actions in the financial markets.


  1. I've been debating switching to Wordpress also. It gives you a ton more flexibility. I decided that I will make the switch when/if I change domain names. I just found your blog last week, so I'm getting up to speed. Have a Merry Christmas

  2. It's been a while since I've made a significant change to my blog, mainly just rearranging some things, but the general format/layout hasn't changed. I'm also thinking of switching to WP because I've heard some great things about it. I like blogger but WP gives much more flexibility and it seems like everything I want to add to my blog is super complicated on blogger but a simple plug in for WP.