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An Announcement....And Other Stuff

I am taking a break from new makeover orders so that I can spend more time with my family. I hope to start taking orders from new customers again within a month or so, but for right now, I must lighten my workload. Tennis, Awana, football, dance, storytime, art class, homeschooling.....whew! We're SO busy!

I will continue to take orders from existing customers during this time. If I've worked with you before and you need help from me, please do not hesitate to ask. I will still be working, just not as much.

I'll still write tips and offer free blog help through the comments section on this blog. I completely removed the Disqus comment system to make commenting easier. Be sure to click on subscribe by email in the comment box so that you will know when I reply to your comment.

I'm hosting a REALLY COOL giveaway here next week. I can't come right out and tell you what's being given away, but I'll give you a hint. Up for grabs is something adorable that's been recently added to my blog. Hmmmm.....can you guess what it is??????

Making Your Blog Private

Getting the heebie-jeebies about strangers visiting your blog? Worried about your family photos falling into the wrong hands? Sick of spam comments? All of these are valid reasons for wanting to make your blog private.

How a private blog works:

Private blogs are not password protected. You'll have to send invitation emails to via Blogger to the people that you want to be able to view your blog. The people that you send invitations to must click on a link in their email in order to access your blog. They can view your blog for up to a month as a guest if they do not have a Blogger account. If they have a Blogger account, they can view your blog until you delete their email address under your permissions tab.
 
You should consider keeping your blog open to everybody if:
  • You have readers who have a hard time on the computer. They'll have to jump through a few hoops if they do not have a Blogger account. If you really, really, really want technologically challenged Great Aunt Frieda to read your blog, you need to make it easy for her to do so. Otherwise, she'll give up if it's even remotely difficult. Trust me.
  • You're trying to build a readership. Blogger restricts the number of email invitations to a private blog to 100.
  • You want your readers to be able to view your blog updates through a reader or subscribe by email. Feeds do not work with private blogs. 
  • You're trying to make money on your blog (advertising, small business).
How to make your blog private:

1. Click on the design link in the upper right hand corner of your blog's homepage.


2. Click on the Settings tab.

3. Click on Permissions.

4. Select "Only people I choose" under Blog Readers. You can switch back to a public blog easily by selecting "Anybody" when/if you decide to do so. Notice that there is an option to restrict access to blog authors only. Why on earth would anyone want to do that? I have several practice blogs where viewing is restricted to me only. I like to practice my skills without anyone watching. : )
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5. Enter the email addresses of the people you wish to view your blog into the box. Separate each email address with a comma.

6. Click on INVITE. You can add new readers at any time.

Have you made your blog private? Tell me about your experience! :)

Related posts:
Protect Your Photos!
Protect Your Email Address
Blocking a Follower

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Link Lists- Beginner

A link list can be a great organizational tool for your blog. It can help you group information so that your readers can find things easier. The tips by category and all tips sections in my sidebar are set up as link lists.

How To Create A Link List

1. Decide upon the purpose for your link list. Here are some items that you may want to group together:
  • individual blog posts from your blog or the blogs of others
  • labels (perhaps you only want to show one or two labels instead of all of them)
  • favorite blogs or websites
  • your contact information (email address, facebook profile, twitter profile, etc.)
2. Compile a list in a word processing document (Word, Works, Wordpad, etc.) of the urls (web addresses: http://.......) for each place you want to link to. Click on a linked item in step 1 for help getting the url for that item.

3. Go to your page elements page and click on Add A Gadget. Scroll down and select Link List:


4. Fill in the information in the box that pops up:

a. Give a title for the gadget, if desired. This will appear above the link list in your sidebar.
b. I never write anything in this box and suggest that you do the same. :)
c. Select a sorting option, if desired.
d. Type in the url for one of your links.
e. Type in what you would like for your readers to click on to be taken to that url.
f. Click on ADD LINK.
g. Repeat steps d-f for every link that you want to add. Once all of your links have been added, click on SAVE.

5. Move the gadget if you desire to do so. When you create a new gadget, it always appears at the very top of the section you created it in. For help with moving gadgets, click here.

If you chose not to sort the links, you may wish to rearrange them. To do this, click to edit the gadget from your page elements page or the wrench and screwdriver below the link list on your home page. Click on the up and down arrows beside the links to put them in a different order. Once you have everything the way you want it, click on SAVE.


Link, link, link away! :)

Related posts:
Linking to a single post
Linking to an email address
Linking to a label
Rearranging the gadgets in your sidebar

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Linking to A Label - Beginner

Did you know that you can link to a label? Getting the url (web address) to a label is a fairly simple task. Why would you want to do this? Perhaps you'd like to link to all of your reviews from your navigation bar, like on Modern Day Lucy. Or maybe you'd just like to direct your readers to all of your recipes with a certain label. Every label has a url and can be linked to. Here's how:

1. If you have not already installed a labels gadget in your sidebar, you'll need to do so. Go to design-->add a gadget-->labels. Don't worry. You can remove this gadget once you've got the url for the label that you want.

2. Right click on the label that you want to link to. Select 'Copy Link Location' or 'Copy Shortcut'.

3. Create a link on your blog where ever you want to link to the label. Paste the url of the label that you copied in step 2 in the Enter URL box and save. Click here for help with links in a post.

4. Remove your labels gadget (if desired).

That's it! Label and link away!

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I work hard on my tips and and wish for everything to remain here.
Thank you for your cooperation! :)