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How to start a blogger blog

Last week we showed you how to create a blog in WordPress. The other popular alternative blogging tool is Blogger/Blogspot. So here’s how to start a Blogger blog…

Step 1

Go to the website www.blogger.com. Click on Create Account. Blogger is tied into google/gmail/google+ and much more, even if you already have a gmail email account, I’d suggest that you don’t use that with your blog, and create a blog specific one.

starting on blogger

Step 2

The next page will require you to create an account. Consider your own security here, you might not want to use your real or whole name.

You will be required to verify your account by phone/text message. But your number won’t be public.

You’ve made a google account – you now have a new email address and can connect it to your blog.

Step 3

Now you need to confirm your profile – I suggest selecting a limited Blogger profile rather than a Google+ profile. Safer for adoptive bloggers who might need to consider safety and security more than other bloggers.

Select your profile name – this is how you would like your name to appear. You could use the blog name you hope to use? Continue on…

Step 4

The next page will take you to your ‘dashboard’. Here you’ll see any blogs you’ve created, and a few basic statistics about them.

Now you can create your blog. Click on the NEW BLOG button on the left.create your blog 2

Step 5

Here you’ll choose your blog name and web address. Your web address will be unique – but your blog name and web address don’t have to be the same.

As you type, you’ll see whether you’ve picked a unique name or not.

You can choose a template on this screen too, but don’t worry – you can easily change this later.

That’s it, your blog is create. Blogger is very helpful at getting you started – just click on the prompts that appear. If you want to return to your dashboard at any point, then click on the B icon in the top left corner.

setting up blogger 3

Next time I’ll talk you through design a little bit – and how to change the look and style of your blog.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, do drop us a line at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

Adding a badge to your Blogger/Blogspot blog

Last week we posted about Adding a badge to your blog on WordPress, but we know some of you use another common blogging site/platform – Blogger or BlogSpot.
Here we’ll give you instructions on adding a badge to your Blogger blog, both within the text and as a separate badge in your sidebar.

Commonly badges are used by linky hosts to help advertise the linky – if you include it on your blog it shows which linkys you take part in, and embedded in the code (the bit you paste onto your site) is usually a link back to the host site so it’s easy for your readers to visit the linky.

Adding a badge within the text of a post:
Sometimes it’s easiest to add a badge at the end of a post. This is especially useful if you take part in a variety of linkys and don’t want to clog up your sidebar with them all. You can just add it at the end of the post you’re linking.

In blogger, I think most of us write our posts in ‘Compose’ view. This is where we can easily change our text to bold, alter the size, add in links etc, and is also commonly known as WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) view. However, in order for a badge to do it’s job i.e. link back to the host, it needs to be written with special code, this is called HTML. So to add a badge to your text, you need to change your view to HTML and this is really really easy to do: Get HTML view


So you’ve just clicked on HTML. If you’ve already written your main post, you might see it’s got some funny <tags> around it – that’s just where you might have hit return, changed the font etc.

Beneath it all, paste the code from the host site. It’ll look like this:

pasted code

But if you click back onto ‘Compose’ view, it’ll look like this, which means you’ve done it correctly. Finish writing your post as normal and hit publish!

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Adding a badge to your sidebar:
Adding badges to your sidebar is great if you regularly join in with the same linkys. It keeps them all together, and saves you from pasting in the code each time you write a post to link up.

4 simple steps, with images below too:

  • Click on ‘Layout’ in your Blog’s dashboard. On the left there.
  • Click on one of the links to ‘Add a gadget’ depending on where you want the badge to show – side, top or bottom.
  • Scroll down until you see a gadget called HTML/JavaScript, then click on the blue cross by it.
  • Give it a title and paste in the code. Hit save. That’s it, view your blog and you should see it.

Adding a badge to your sidebar

Hope you find that useful, but do get in touch if you need any more help…



Adding a photo to your blog on Blogger

A few weeks ago, we talked about the importance of adding photos to your blog, the week before we gave you some tips on how to obscure them. And we’ve had some feedback to say these were useful. But we’ve also had some feedback from others who don’t know how to get those lovely photos on your blogs so this week we’ll look at how to add a photo to a blog post in Blogger. If you’re using WordPress, then check out our post next Wednesday.

To add a photo to a Blogger blog post:

Write your post as usual. Up in the tool bar (that’s where your fonts, font size and colour, link and other options are), there is a little icon that looks like a picture – click on it.

You’ll see a screen like this: Selecting a file in Blogger

Click on ‘choose files’ then navigate to where your photo is saved. It’ll then upload, as above, and you’ll see your image (just like you can see my Egg and Spoon photo here). We’re assuming here that the image you want to add has been previously stored on your computer, and is saved as a normal file.

If you click on your image, it’ll highlight with a blue box around it. Click the blue button at the bottom there that says ‘Add selected’ and it’ll pop straight into your blog post.

Once it’s in your post, you can click on it like I have in the image below, and you’ll see that extra toolbar pop up – here you can change the size, whether it sits in the middle of the post, or either side, you can add tags (through the properties bit) and you can add a caption.Editing your image in blogger

Once you’ve finished, you can click anywhere else in the post and continue writing, or publish as normal.

I hope you’ll find this tutorial straightforward, but do comment or email us if you have any questions. We’re happy to help if we can…