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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Three Basics All Bloggers Should Know



If you are a new blogger, you are probably in the midst of learning lots of new things. Here are some super-basics that all bloggers should know when they first get started. As many people (especially new bloggers) use Blogger, I'm going to be demonstrating on this platform. I hope this is helpful!


1. Adding pictures to your blog. 

Everyone should know how to add pictures to their blog. Pictures tell a story!




Find the "picture" icon on the Blogger  tool bar thing.  It's in between "Link" and the video icon. I circled it here in red for you.




You'll get to this screen. If the image is on your computer (mine is), click on the  grey "choose files" button in the upper left hand corner. 




Locate your image and select it. Click "open" in the bottom left hand corner. 



The photo will load in until it shows up in your picture box. Make sure the photo is highlighted in blue, and hit the "add selected" box in the left hand corner. 


Done!



2. Hyperlinking

It surprises me constantly that people do not know how to hyperlink. Hyperlinking is pretty easy, and it makes blog posts look much prettier. No one wants to see a massive URL clogging up blog space. 


On your little Blogger tool bar thing, click on "Link". It's circled above, but its next to the highlight and the picture icon. 


A box like this will pop up. Fill in "text to display" with what you'd like your hyperlink to me. In the second box, put the URL of the link of interest. 


It will look somewhat like this. Also, look: hyperlinks are cool!  That link goes to my post on putting Instagram photos into your blog posts, which is a little complicated for a super-basics post. Feel free to check out that post though. 


3. How to schedule your posts

Scheduling your posts is a really cool feature that I didn't take full advantage of for quite possibly a good six months into blogging. Once you know how to schedule your posts, you can plan ahead for days when you know you'll be too busy to write. Alternatively, you can set posts to go up at a certain time of day (mine almost always go up in the morning). 




This funny list of options is hanging out on the right hand side of your Blogger work space. See how below "Labels' there is "Schedule"? Click on "Schedule". 



By default, it's set to "Automatic". Switch it over to "Set date and time".




This little calendar will pop up. Click on the date that you want your post to go up, and set a time in the little time box. By default it will show your current date and time... so make sure to change it. Hit "done". Once you do that, when you hit "publish", it will actually save and go up automatically. 



I hope these tips were helpful! These are quite basic Blogger features that may not be 100% common sense, or at least take a bit of time to get used to. You'll get the hang of this blogging thing eventually, I promise!






4 comments:

  1. I really like this! You should def do more tutorials like this one!

    xo, Emily | Lynde Avenue

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    1. I'll keep it up! Maybe not two in one week again though... Anything I should write about in particular?

      Thanks for reading!

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  2. This scheduling thing sounds really convenient. I think I might start using that seeing as I've only just realised how busy I am, and on those days i'm free I'm itching to write multiple posts.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. The scheduling thing is so convenient! It's really a lovely feature, and I'm glad Blogger has it.
      Thanks for reading,
      Natalie

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