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Making Blog Posts with Blogger

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Michael Miller shows how to create new posts to keep your blog fresh. He also shows how to edit posts and cross-post to Facebook and Twitter.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

  • Objective: To add new posts to your blog—and edit the posts you've already made.

It's not enough to create a blog page. You have to keep your blog fresh by making new posts to your blog.

A blog post is how you talk to the readers of your blog. A blog without fresh posts isn't interesting or newsworthy; it really isn't much of a blog at all. Fortunately, Blogger makes it easy to create new blog posts. It's a matter of writing down what you're thinking at the moment, then making a few mouse clicks.

Posting to Your Blog

After you launch your blog, it's time to write your first blog post. You can post to your blog as frequently as you like. Many bloggers post daily, some several times a day. Fortunately, Blogger makes it easy to create new posts—from your web browser, your email program, or even your mobile phone.

Posting from the Blogger Dashboard

Most users do most of their posting from the Blogger Dashboard. This approach provides the most options in terms of formatting your posts—and including optional items.

letmetryit.jpg LET ME TRY IT: Posting from the Blogger Dashboard

To create a new post from the Blogger Dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. From the Blogger Dashboard, click the New Post button for this particular blog, as shown in Figure 6.1.
    Figure 6.1

    Figure 6.1 Click the New Post button to create a new blog post.

  2. When the New Post page appears, as shown in Figure 6.2, enter a title for your post.
    Figure 6.2

    Figure 6.2 Creating a new blog post.

  3. Enter the text for your post into the large text box. If you like, you can format the text (bold, italic, colors, and so on) using the formatting toolbar above this text box.
  4. To view a preview of your post, click the Preview link.
  5. To save a draft of your post for editing and posting at a future time, click the Save Now button.
  6. When you finish writing and formatting, click the Publish Post button.

Blogger now publishes your post, and then displays a confirmation screen. Click the View Blog link to view your blog, with the new post at the top of the page, as shown in Figure 6.3.

Figure 6.3

Figure 6.3 Your new post is now posted.

letmetryit.jpg LET ME TRY IT: Formatting Your Blog Post

The New Post page includes many formatting options for your blog post, all available from the formatting toolbar located above the text entry box. Figure 6.4 shows the options available on this toolbar; follow these steps to format your posts:

Figure 6.4

Figure 6.4 The New Post formatting toolbar.

  1. To change the text font, select a block of text, click the Font button, and select a new font family—Arial, Courier, Georgia, Helvetica, Times, Trebuchet, or Verdana.
  2. To change the text size, select a block of text, click the Font Size button, and select a new size—Smallest, Small, Normal, Large, or Largest.
  3. To bold selected text, select a block of text and click the Bold button.
  4. To italicize selected text, select a block of text and click the Italic button.
  5. To strike through selected text, select a block of text and click the Strike-through button.
  6. To change text color, select a block of text, click the Text Color button, and make a choice from the color chooser.
  7. To add a color highlight behind text, select a block of text, click the Text Background Color button, and make a choice from the color chooser.
  8. To change the text alignment, position your cursor within a paragraph and click either the Align Left, Center, Align Right, or Justify button.
  9. To indent a block of text, position your cursor within the paragraph and click the Quote button.
  10. To start a numbered list, position your cursor at the first list item and click the Numbered List button.
  11. To start a bulleted list, position your cursor at the first list item and click the Bullet List button.

letmetryit.jpg LET ME TRY IT: Selecting Post Options

Blogger enables you to set several options for each individual post you make. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the New Post page, click the Post Options link; this expands the section beneath the text entry box, as shown in Figure 6.5.
    Figure 6.5

    Figure 6.5 Configuring post options.

  2. To allow reader comments for this post, check the Allow option. To not allow comments, check the Don't Allow option.
  3. To upload this post at a selected future time, check the Scheduled At option and enter a date and time.

letmetryit.jpg LET ME TRY IT: Entering HTML Code

If you want to apply even more sophisticated formatting, such as inserting tables, you can enter your post as raw HTML code. To do this, of course, you need to know HTML coding; if you do, follow these steps:

  1. From the New Post page, click the Edit HTML tab; this changes the standard editing box into an HTML editing box, as shown in Figure 6.6.
    Figure 6.6

    Figure 6.6 Entering HTML code for a blog post.

  2. Enter your post text and HTML tags into the editing box.
  3. Click the Preview link to view the results of your code.
  4. Click the Publish Post button to publish the blog post.

Posting via Email

Blogger also lets you email in your posts. That's right; you can create a post in an email message, and then send that message to Blogger to post to your blog.

letmetryit.jpg LET ME TRY IT: Configuring Blogger for Email Posting

To post via email, you first have to create a mail-to-Blogger address. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. From the Blogger Dashboard, click the Settings link next to your blog name.
  2. On the Settings tab, select the Email & Mobile subtab.
  3. When the Email & Mobile page appears, go to the Posting Options section (shown in Figure 6.7) and enter one or more keywords into the Email Posting Address box.
    Figure 6.7

    Figure 6.7 Setting your Mail2Blogger email address.

  4. Write down the resulting "@blogger.com" Mail2Blogger address; this will be the address to which you mail your new posts.
  5. Select the Publish Emails Immediately option.
  6. Click Save Settings.

letmetryit.jpg LET ME TRY IT: Creating an Email Post

Once Blogger is properly configured, you can create new posts from any email program or service. Here's how:

  1. From within your email program or service, create a new email message.
  2. Enter your blog post as the text of the new message.
  3. Enter your Mail2Blogger address as the recipient address for this message.
  4. Send the completed message.

Blogger will now receive the email and use the text of that message to create a new blog post.

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