Since some of the questions asked on my entry, Q&A: WordPress, Blogging, and More, are small enough that they do not require a full blog entry, I thought I would answer a few of them right away!
#1 From Damita
I would like to know how you added an image to the footer of your RSS and how you do the stay up to date bit
I use a plugin for adding information to the bottom of my rss feed. It’s called Rss Footer and is very simple to set up and use. However you can go overboard and really turn your feed into something annoying with too much unneeded stuff crammed into the bottom of your feed. So proceed with minimalism in mind.
As for my “Stay up to Date” area, it’s simply doing the same technique as my tutorial shows for doing a basic three column footer, except I customized it with a wider width and only did two columns. I went through and added the Sociable plugin to the left side and added my twitter and rss links to the right. I used two plugins to display the twitter follower count and the rss subscriber count (you have to be using FeedBurner.
#2 From Lisa Marie
I absolutely love how you get yours and the kidlet’s eyes to pop in your photos. I’ve always wanted to know how to do that. I know it’s probably not so easy with brown eyes, but I’d like to try. What’s the trick that everyone is so not willing to share?
Personally I try not to do TOO much to the eyes when processing from RAW to JPG. Having a lot of natural light helps. In photoshop a way to brighten/lighten the eyes is to either dodge the iris or use an overlay layer set to 75% and use white for the color and a round brush and again, “paint” over the iris only. I also suggest the Pioneer Woman’s Photoshop Actions which has an eye action to make it a bit faster.
#3 From Maya
How do I add the Google Reader to a WP.com account? I’d love for people to be able to follow my blog that way. And, can I change from a 2 column to a 3 column format without totally destroying my blog?
You do not add Google Reader TO your site, however a good idea is to have in a nice bold area (perhaps with an image) a link to your RSS feed for people to add/discover/subscribe to using google reader. In WP.com example, generally it’s http://username.wordpress.com/feed.
Yes you CAN change from a two column to a three column design quite easily. In your WP.com dashboard go to Appearance -> Themes and in the search box enter the name of the three column theme you would like to use or preview. I would suggest: Twenty-eight Thirteen and Grid Focus.
I will try to answer more of your questions later this week!