Today I am going to share a few basic tips today about the how-to’s of writing a blog post.
#1. Make your post title interesting and intriguing. Also keep in mind that the spell-checker doesn’t check the post title for errors. If your like me, you double check those because my spelling isn’t top-notch. :)
#2. These two buttons Undo and Redo. Example: You accidentally erases a paragraph that took you 20 mins to write. Simply click the Undo button and ta-da! It’s back!
#3. Link Up! When you are writing a blog post, add links. Link to other blogs or any previous posts you have written that may correlate. To add a link simple highlight the word you want to link, press the link button, and paste in your url.
#4. Add pictures! I know you have all heard it before but, a picture is worth a 1000 words! Turn off your flash and take pictures in natural lighting. Try new angles. Take them from ground level or areal views. Experiment. When you add pictures to your post make them BIG!
To make your pictures bigger, upload them by clicking on the picture icon.
Once you have added your picture to your blog post, click on the picture.
You can choose how big you want your picture to be on the edit bar. I always make mine x-large.
#5. This button makes Block Quotes. Simply highlight the paragraph you want and click the icon. Your text will be separated and indented from the rest of your text.
#6. This button erases Text Formatting. Just in case you want to undo all the font, colors, and text sizes edits you made.
#7. Comments. In blogger you have the option of allow or not allow comments. I always allow comments! It’s nice to know people are reading right? However, for some reason if you wrote about a sensitive or controversial topic, you could click “don’t allow” and no one would be allowed to comment.
#8. Scheduling Posts. You can publish your post immediately after you write it or you can schedule it to be automatically published at a later date. This is a great option if you are going out of town, like to be organized, or just had a massive brain storm of post ideas. You can write all the posts you want, and publish them later!
#9. Labels. Always add labels to your posts. Labels are relevant words like “birthday” “baby” ect… By adding labels to each of your posts you a cataloging them, like at the library. This will help keep your posts organized by category and be helpful when searching for a specific post or topic. You can also add a label widget to your blog so readers can read posts by category.
#10. Compose Mode & HTML Mode. When you click the compose tab you will be able to write, format, edit, change color, size and font, of your post. If you click on Edit HTML you will see a big long jumble of words and letters. You don’t need to worry about that right now. :) Just use “Compose” mode.