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Spacing Within Posts

Blogger, how do I love thee? You give me a blogging home in a user-friendly environment...most of the time.

One thing that really bothered me as a beginning blogger was how I would write a post, hitting enter to put lovely spaces in between all of my paragraphs, only to hit publish and see half of them all scrunched up together.

Not cool.

I would spend the next half hour, trying to figure it all out. I would have limited success, but never knew what I had done to make the spacing look the way I wanted it to. I tried clicking on dashboard-->settings-->formatting and changing to yes or no in the 'convert line breaks' box. I just couldn't get it.

It drove me batty!

I finally figured out a solution to my problem. I started writing my posts in the Microsoft Works word processor program on my computer and pasting them into a new post. Here's how:
  1. Write your post in Microsoft Works (or Word), making sure to include the spaces in between paragraphs exactly where you would like them.

  2. Highlight and copy it (ctrl + c).

  3. Open a new post.

  4. Click on the Edit HTML tab and paste the post into it (ctrl + v).

  5. Click on 'Compose'.

  6. Add your links, color changes, and photos if desired. Click here for info on how to move photos from the top of the post.

  7. Preview. If you like what you see, click save.

  8. Voila! Spaces where they should be!
Now, I would be outright lying if I said I still wrote all of my posts this way. Since my HTML skills have improved, I can recognize a lot of the characters and what they do. By clicking on the 'edit html' tab, I can look through my post and easily identify when there is a hidden space. Then I can delete it and move along my merry way.

When I was a beginner, I did it the word processor way in order to make sure I didn't delete anything within my posts that I didn't want to. I would suggest that anyone who is intimidated by HTML to simply follow the numbered directions above for stress-free, perfectly spaced posts. :)


Jules said...

That is a great tip.

I have one for you. What if you forgot to add a picture down within your post? Blogger always puts the picture you add at the top of your post. I tried to put my curser where I want the pic but that doesn't work. Did this make sense?

Leslee said...

This looks like it could help me in future posts! I have had this issue come up and like you been driven batty trying to get it right!

I too would like to know how to add photos in the place you want it within your post! If you add in after post is written the picture appears at the top of the post.


amieandmichael said...

Hey, so I am searching around on your site and I was wondering if you knew how to change the blog title font. Also, I have seen other blogs where the font is not centered at the very top.... I'd love to know how because the picture in my background makes it hard to see really any color that my font is and i would love to move it around and make it less boring. Thanks.

MarthaE said...

Thank you for the tip. I have figured out the line spacing but still need help getting the word spacing where I want it!

Cathy said...

Another tip is to hit "space" twice while holding down the "shift" key and that will give you the space between paragraphs.

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

I always go back and type in
to space my posts and that works well too!