Add a new instagram widget

The previous widget used in the themes will no longer work. You can generate a new widget from You'll have to register, but generating a widget is free.

Follow By Email (Subscribe) Widget

As Blogger will discontinue the "Follow By Email" widget on July 11, 2021, you should download your subscriber contacts and look into using another newsletter service (MailChimp, Flodesk, etc). You can get in touch by email ( if you'd like me to switch the sign up forms for you and customize the new one.

Optional: Enable Sidebar and Set Up Widgets

If you'd like to enable the sidebar, follow these instructions. To edit the widths, go to Theme > Customize > Advanced > Widths.

Set Up the "About" Widget in the Sidebar

1. Go to Layout -> open the "Author Profile" widget from the sidebar.
2. Upload an image, but don't click on "Shrink to fit".
3. Change "Author Profile" in the Title field with your own title.
4. Add your text to the Caption field.
5. Add the link to your About page to the Link field.

Set Up the Social Icons - Sidebar

NOTE: If you've already added your links to the social icons in the menu, you can just copy the code and use it for the sidebar, too.

1. Go to Layout > open the HTML/JavaScript widget below the "Author Profile" widget in the sidebar.
2. Replace youremail with your own email and LINK with the links to your social media accounts. <div class='socials'>
<a href='mailto:youremail' target='_blank'><i class='fas fa-envelope'></i></a>
<a href='LINK' target='_blank'><i class='fab fa-twitter'></i></a>
<a href='LINK' target='_blank'><i class='fab fa-pinterest'></i></a>
<a href='LINK' target='_blank'><i class='fab fa-instagram'></i></a>
<a href='LINK' target='_blank'><i class='fab fa-snapchat-ghost'></i></a>
FontAwesome is used for the icons, so if you need to add more, you can check out the available icons here.

Subscribe Widget

As Blogger has discontinued the Follow By Email widget, you'll have to sign up for a third-party site to add a newsletter/subscribe widget. If you decide to do that and the sign up form can be customized, you can contact me and I will customize it for you (there will be no charge).

Configure the Popular Posts Widget

To select how many popular posts are displayed, do this:
1. Go to Layout -> open the "Top Hits" widget.
2. Change the number from the drop-down menu next to "Display up to X posts".
3. Click on "Save".

Search Box Code

The search box will already be on the blog when you install the template.

Here's the code in case the widget is deleted:
<div class='search'>
<form action='/search' class='searchform' method='get'>
<input class='searchbox' name='q' placeholder='' type='text' value='Looking for something?' vinput='' onblur='if(this.value==&apos;&apos;)this.value=this.defaultValue;' onfocus='if(this.value==this.defaultValue)this.value=&apos;&apos;;'/>
<button class="searchsubmit" type="submit" value="">Search</button>
<div style='clear: both;'></div>

Select a Featured Post

1. Go to Layout -> open the "I Recommend" widget.
2. Select a post.
3. Click on "Save".