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Friday, April 23, 2010

How to Blog and all things Bloggy

My first blog was basically a diary for myself to keep track of my life. It was very simple, had almost no widgets at all and I made no attempt to get it noticed in blog land. This blog by comparison is a collection of many of the things I have learned about during my life journey's and I want to share it with a wide audience.

 I want to thank all the wonderful people who took the time to learn how to do all the many tasks involved in producing a quality blog and for posting tutorials for others to learn from. Since I started this blog, many of my friends have stated an interest in writing a blog of their own.  What follows here is links to many other bloggers and their tutorials and articles on how to create your own blog. They can explain it better than me...

( I will be updated the links periodically as I come across more information, this should keep you busy for now)

Watch this video on how to set up a blog account , how to creat a post and add hyperlinks

This video is part 2 and shows you how to upload pictures, embed videos and publish your posts

Blogging tips for beginners - all kinds of blogging info here

10 top hints for blog photography - great points to keep in mind as you set up your shots

Great Photos from a point and shoot - how to get quaility photo's from a basic camera

Photo resizing tip  - how to post even larger photos than the standard sizes given on blogger

Pioneer Woman Photography - lots of different photography tutorials and assignments
How to make a photo collage - just like it says

Big Huge Labs - how to do fun stuff with your photos

How to make a mosaic - same idea as the article above about photo collages

Breaking through writers block - a good article on how to come up with ideas for your posts

One simple way to get blog post ideas - like it says

Improve your blog with iespell - how to add a spell check mode to your blog

How to center widgets - how to center all those buttons you have collected into a nice neat column

How to add a signature to your blog - how to add a personalized signiture to all your blog posts.

Disqus comments - Features such as multi-site moderation, multiple moderators, bulk actions, and automated decisions make Disqus Comments the most efficient tool for managing a large (or getting-there-large) community. If your posts get alot of comments this is the way to go!

My Live Signature - website to create your signature

 My Fitness Pal - Free calorie counter , widgets you can add to your blog to keep track of calories, weight lost etc to help motivate you and your readers

How to Make Links Open in a New Window - When you're linking to a page on a separate website, it's nice to have it open in a new window so you don't lose people to that site. Learn how to control that with a touch of HTML.

Add a link within - how to add the section at the end of the blog that says "if you liked this, you might like this one too" and points your reader to other posts you have written

Linky Tools - all you want to know about blog hops, adding a Linky to your posts so other bloggers can link to your subject/party/giveaway etc.

Blog rolling - a site to help you connect to the world of blog lists

Blog Carnivals - blog carnivals are another way to gain readership. They act as kind of an index for articles on a specific subject. Add a link to your article for people searching for information on a particular topic.

Playing with Blogger layouts - Funky Junk Interiors has written some good articles on how to play around with the layouts that blogger supplies to tweak them to your satisfaction

Sneaky Momma Blog Design - tons of great tutorials on everything bloggy

Beautiful Blog Designs -  a blog about blog designs with free templates, backgrounds and tutorials

Make your blog more beautiful - this is another insightful article on some concepts of blog design and etiquette

How to design a blog button - tutorial on blog button design

How to add a button to your blog -  a tutorial on how to adjust the html so that you can add buttons to your blog

How to make a blog button -
How to copyright your material - a free copyright program to protect your text and images

Website design -get to know exactly what it takes to create great looking websites that sell.

Digital Scrapbooking - taking your blog to another level and creating a digital scapbook layout

Blog etiquette - this is a good article written on common blog etiquette for asking questions, taking content, participating in blog parties etc. Everyone should read this before they go much further.

16 lessons on successful blogging - an article from one succesful blogger and what they learned along the way

 How to write magnetic headlines - lots of good ideas here

10 surefire headlines for your blog - headlines that catch peoples attention

Blogger Widgets - this is a fabulous site with all kinds of tutorials, widgets and templates as well as a forum to ask questions.

Blog rankings -  an up to date list of the top blogs in blogland

Copied from: Funky Junk Interiors comment forum
There are two ways to add someone's button within your post. I'll assume you mean the html version of a button you see with a scroll bar code under it
1. Cut and paste the scroll bar code
2. Go to your post and while in compose mode, switch to html
3. paste the html code into your post at the bottom (doing it mid way can cause major mayhem if you paste it in the wrong place)
4. Switch back to compose mode, click on the button and drag to desired area within post.

How to make money from your blogging is another whole subject, here are some sites with some info on that|:

My Blogging Fortune - lots of articles on things like choosing a niche, creating traffic to your blog and advertising on your blog

Make|Money in Blog Business -  articles on creating a blog store and ideas on things to sell and market

Happy blogging, can't wait to see what you come up with. Don't forget to stop by the authors of the above blogs and thank them for all the valuable information they have shared with us!


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