Being a blogger is a lot of fun. You get to meet new people, express yourself through your writing and share your cute little kiddos with the world. To me, though, it was kind of frustrating. I loved how everyone had their blogs set up with pretty designs. I loved the nifty little world maps. I wanted those! I just wasn't sure where to go or how to get them.
Through sheer trial and error, (and a lot of internet searches!) I was able to teach myself the tricks of the trade. Some things were easy to learn, some I still haven't gotten the hang of. The purpose of this blog is to help you manuever around the blogging world a lot easier fashion than I did. Less time to figure things out equals more time to read the comments on your blog and enter fun giveaways!
I am simply a blogger who fell in love with HTML and all it had to offer. I do not have a degree in blog design (do they even make one?) nor am I wholly computer literate. I do not claim to know it all, but what I do know I like to share with others. When I learn a new blog tip, I cannot wait to water it down into normal language and pass it on to fellow bloggers. I love a challenge and am always on the lookout for ways to make our blogs better. :)
Most of my tips fall into three basic categories: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
If you are a brand new blogger who needs help with basic things, such as putting links in posts and maneuvering around Blogger, then you will need to stick to the beginner tips. These can be found by clicking on 'Beginner' in the "Find Tips by Ability Level" in my sidebar. Beginner tips can be done without risk of doing any damage to the template of your blog. When you are ready to move on, familiarize yourself with the parts of a blog and proceed with caution. My intermediate and advanced tips are labeled as such in the title of the post.
Intermediate tips are for those who have been blogging for awhile and are familiar with the way Blogger works. Basic knowledge of HTML is preferred when implementing these tips. Beginners (and anyone else for that matter) who wish to try these tips should do so on a practice blog first. You should also download a copy of your current template before changing the HTML of your real blog. If you get stuck on one of the tutorials, try again. You will most likely not figure them out on your first try.
Advanced tips are for those who have played around successfully with the HTML of their template and feel comfortable doing so. They are complicated and require that the user know quite a bit about HTML before attempting them. These are not for beginners. I try as hard as I can to make these tutorials easy, but there are some skills you just can't teach. You can really mess up your blog with advanced tips if you miss a step or if you go into them blindly. If and when you feel like you are ready to try an advanced tip, make sure you create a practice blog and download a copy of your template before you begin.
Make sure to follow these tips word-for-word, letter-by-letter. If you get stuck, (Ha!) when you get stuck, do not panic. Simply go back through the instructions very carefully and see what you might have missed. At the bottom of every advanced tip is a link to another site with a different set of instructions on how to do what you're trying to do. Read through them. Sometimes I find it easier to work with two sets of instructions rather than one. My advanced tips are time consuming and, for the most part, extremely frustrating the first time you try them. Click here if you get really stuck and need further assistance.
I highly suggest downloading a current copy of your blog's template before attempting to change your template in any way. Downloading the template will not save your header or items in your sidebar. You will have to back these up individually. I also recommend creating a practice blog or two in which to test out your ideas and creations before putting them on your real blog.
There you have it. Go improve your blog!