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Create a Free Header with Picasa

I am super excited to share this tip with you!

Sarah over at Clover Lane has written an awesome tutorial on how to create a beautiful (free!) photo header like the one above. Check it out!

In order to use this tip, you will need to download Picasa, a free photo editing program by Google. Many of you are probably already using Picasa to store and edit your photos. It's pretty user friendly.

What are you waiting for? Hop on over to Clover Lane and learn how to make a header collage out of your favorite photos! :)

Related post: Create a Free Header w/Scrapblog!

Adding Video to Posts

Ever want to add a personal video or a funny clip from You Tube to your blog? Adding video to your posts can be intimidating if you've never done it before. Luckily it's pretty easy to do! :)

You can use Blogger's video uploading tool or an outside source (like Photobucket or YouTube) to upload video to your blog. I prefer to use Photobucket to upload my videos. Why? Because the Blogger uploading tool takes several minutes (10+) to upload a 15 second video on my computer. It may be easier, but it drives me crazy.

If you are using the new editor, you will need to switch to the old editor in order to load a video via Blogger. You can easily switch to the old editor by going to your dashboard-->settings-->basic and scrolling all the way down. Select 'old editor' and save. When you are ready to switch back, just repeat the process selecting 'updated editor' instead.

How to put your own video in a post via Blogger:
1. While writing your post, click on the video uploading tool- it looks like a tiny filmstrip:
2. A box will open that looks like this:
3. Browse your files for the video you'd like to use. To my knowledge, you cannot use the Blogger tool to upload video from anywhere other than your own computer.

4. Title it.

5. Read the terms and conditions. If you agree, check the box. If not, refer to the other sets of instructions below.

6. Click on Upload Video. It may take several minutes for your video to load.

How to upload a video from Photobucket:
1. Upload the video.

2. Copy the HTML code. Make sure to copy the whole thing.
3. Open your post and click on 'edit HTML'.
4. Paste the html code of your video wherever you'd like to put it. If you'd like to center your video, type in <center> at the beginning of the code and </center> at the end.

5. Preview and publish when ready.

If you get a message saying that your HTML tag is not closed properly, you may need to add </embed> to the end of the code (before </center> if you centered the video)

How to Upload a video from YouTube:

1. Find the video that you want to put in your post.

2. Copy the 'embed' code (to the right of the video). Make sure to highlight the whole code.

3. Open/create your post. Click on 'edit html' and paste the embed code wherever you'd like your video to appear. If you'd like to center your video, type in <center> at the beginning of the code and </center> at the end.
4. Preview and publish when ready.

Have fun! :)

Get a Free Blog

I have had several requests lately from people who would like a blog, but do not know how to get one. This tip will show you how you can get a free Blogger blog. It's quick and easy. :)

How to get a free Blogger blog:

1. Go to http://blogger.com/home. Click on the orange 'CREATE A BLOG' button. If you already have a Google account, sign in and click on 'create a blog' (in blue on your dashboard).

2. Create a Google Account if you have not already done so. Click 'Continue'.

3. Create a name for your blog, then create a URL (web address). You will probably go through several different possibilities before you find a URL that is available.

4. Select a template. There are several different templates to choose from. My tips are based upon a Minima template. If you have hired me to give your blog a makeover, please select a Minima template. You can easily change your template later.

5. Wooooo hooooo! Click on 'Start Blogging'.

6. You will be sent to a page where you can write a post. If you choose not to write a post at this time, you can click on 'View Blog' to see what your basic blog looks like.

Welcome to the Blogging World! :)

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