Thanks for your input Anna. Yeah, that ended up working for me.
By having the stripslashes function on the outside and the substr function on the inside... that was what worked.
But everyone helped me get to that conclusion..
ONE MORE QUESTION IF ANYONE CARES TO HELP / ANSWER:
How would I keep using the substr function (I'm using it to only show an excerpt of the blog post
) - but instead of having it cut off at exactly 200 characters... have it cut off after 200 characters - BUT the last word of the excerpt has to be completed - so that words don't get cut off in the middle... does that make sense?? thanks again,