HOW TO SET UP A BLOG
Go to the Blogger website
Click on the button
shaped like an arrow
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
Choose a display name that
everyone else will see when you
post entries to your blog and
when you post comments on
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!