HOW TO SET UP A BLOG

ON BLOGGER

 

Go to the Blogger website

at www.blogger.com.

 

Click on the button

shaped like an arrow

that says:

CREATE YOUR BLOG NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a user name.  This is a

name that no one but you will

know.  Choose something easy to

type when you log in.

 

Enter a password that you won’t

forget.

 

Choose a display name that

everyone else will see when you

post entries to your blog and

when you post comments on

other sites.

 

Put in your e-mail address.  This

is for comment notifications and

other administrative purposes.

Choose an e-mail address that

you check often.

 

 

Read and accept the terms of service.

 

 

Choose a title for your blog.  It will

display.  Remember that titles

have added importance to search

engines.  Try to use words that

people might search for in the title.

 

Choose your blog address.  This

address will already be long

because of the part that is

required when Blogger is your

host (.blogspot.com), so try to

keep it short.  This is the address

you will give people.

 

Type in the characters you see.

This is also how comment

verification works if you choose to

use it to prevent automated spam

comments.

 

 

OR you can host your blog on your own website.

You must have a login and password to your web

server to use this option.

 

 

 

Choose a template.   There are

currently almost 20 choices.  

 

If you choose a black background,

screen prints will use a lot of ink

because the background prints also.

 

If you will put ads on your blog,

Adsense recommends that your

sidebar (where the ads wll run) be

on the left.  They say the top and

the left are the “hottest” spots.

 

You can change your template

later, but you will lose any

customizations you have made,

which includes ads and links to

other websites.

 

 

 

 

You have a blog!

 

When you click on START

POSTING, Blogger will take you

to the your first post screen.

 

Be sure to make a first entry now,

even if it is very simple, to “hold

your place” at your web address.

It can be modified later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type in a title for your first blog

entry, like Welcome!

 

Type a few words into the post

box.   Your post can easily be

modified later. 

 

Most of the icons are for standard

word processing tools such as you

would find in Word.

 

The picture icon allows you to

embed an image.  Large images

take a long time to load so stick to

smaller size formats like .jpg

 

 

 

Click on Post and Comment Options to open up the bottom set of options. 

You can use this to change the date of your post and allow or disallow comments

on this particular post.

 

Do not type very much before saving your entry, either as a draft or by publishing it.

When you click on Publish Post, Blogger saves your post to their server (or yours)

and it shows up on the Web.

 

 

This is the screen that lets you

know that your blog is available

for viewing on the web.  The two

boxes should be blue.

 

If you make a change and it

doesn’t show up, it is probably

because your web browser is still

displaying the old page.  Click on

the refresh button on your web

browser or wait and it will be

updated eventually.

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out how your

blog looks after you make any

change by clicking on the View

Blog tab or by opening up

another window in your web

browser and going to your web

address. 

 

That’s it! 

 

You’ve blogged your first blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close the View Blog window

and log out and we’ll get back

in the same way from now on.

 

To get back into Blogger again,

go back to www.blogger.com. 

 

This time, use the boxes at the

top of the page to type in your

Username and Password.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you log into Blogger from

now on, you will go to the

Dashboard. 

 

This is your gateway to your blog

or blogs.  You can have more

than one.  And it is where Blogger

posts information and tools for

you to use.

 

To create or edit posts to your

blog, just click on your blog title. 

 

But first, let’s update your profile. 

 

 

 

 

 

On your blog, there is a section

called About Me.  It contains a

link to your complete profile on

Blogger (or not, if you prefer).

 

Required fields have been

prefilled with the entries you

made when you created your blog.

 

The first option is whether to

share your profile. 

 

Do share your profile.  Entries in

your profile can be used by other

bloggers with similar interests to

find you and increases traffic to

your blog.

 

You can still choose whether to

show your real name and whether

to show your e-mail address.

 

You can also select which of your

blogs are shown on your profile.

 

If you want your picture in your

profile and on your blog, you can

enter the link if you have a picture

on a web server somewhere or

follow the instructions for letting

Blogger host your picture.

 

You can find out how to do audio

blogging as well.

 

You can choose whether to display

your birthday, gender, Homepage

URL, Wishlist (it’s a Froogle thing),

IM Username, City/Town, Region/State,

Country, Industry, Occupation.

What you share depends on what

you want to do with your blog. 

 

You should share your Homepage

URL if you want visitors there (and

it’s another link to you).  Your city

will bring visitors from the same city.

You might share your industry and

occupation if they are related to your

blog or website.

 

The extended information has 4 fields

(Interests, Favorite Movies, Favorite

Music, Favorite Books) that create

hyperlinks to other bloggers with the

same interests and from them back

to you.  If your blog is on a specific

topic, be sure to list your favorites

in that area.

 

There is also room for some free-form text about you and your answer to a random

nonsense question.

 

Don’t forget to save!

 

 

This is the end of Blogging 101 but it’s just the beginning of what Blogger and other blog services

can do!  Besides Creating and Editing Posts, the Posting tab allows you to moderate comments

(view them before allowing them on your site).  The Settings tab allows you to choose Basic

options as well as Publishing, Formatting, Comments, Archiving, Site Feed (so that people can

subscribe to your blog), Email, and Members (who can post to your blog).  The Template tab lets

you choose another template, view and edit the actual HTML code (for adding links, for example),

and put AdSense ads on your blog that earn you money.

 

Congratulations on being published worldwide!