Blogger Customization

How to connect a Google+ Page with a Blogger blog to extend your blogs branding into Google+

The "Google Plusification" of all of Google is proceeding slowly, and it seems likely that eventually Google+ will be a part of every Google property.  Google Blogger just added a new Google+ integration that's interesting, that gives you an option to associate a Google+ Page with your blog rather than associating it with your personal Google+ Profile.  You'd want to do this to help with better branding of your blog, and to separate your personal Google+ activities from the activities associated with your blog.

Posting nicely formatted code snippets on blogger blogs, using <pre> and the SyntaxHighlighter javascript library

In the past I've done my blogging on Drupal and enjoyed the contributed modules for generating syntax highlighting on code snippets.  Now that I'm moving to Blogger one issue was how to best present code snippets on the blog.  After some searching I've found a suitable method using a browser-side JavaScript library (Syntax Highlighter), and customizing the blogger theme with a small bit of code.

Let's first start with the problem statement.