Blogger Getting Started Guide

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Create a blog
To start a blog with blogger, visit the blogger homepage, enter your username and password, and click Sign in. Enter a display name and accept blogger's terms of service. Then click the Create a blog link and get started.
Pick and address (URL) and a blog title. Then, choose your favorite blog template (this is how your blog will look when you publish it). Now get creative, add information to your personal profile, and customize how your blog looks, if you feel up to it. Start blogging now.


Your dashboard, as always, is your starting point. This is where all your blogs are listed, and you can click on the icons next to them to perform various actions on each blog, such as:

Writing a new post: Just click on the orange pencil icon on your dashboard to access the post editor.
Viewing your post: The gray post list icon will take you to a list of your published and drafted post for a specific blog.
Catching up on your favorite blogs: Below the list of your own blogs, you’ll see a list of the blogs you follow with an excerpt from their latest posts.
Everything else: Check out the drop-down menu next to the post list icon for a quick link to
  • Overview
  • Post
  • Pages
  • Comments
  • Stats
  • Earnings
  • Layout
  • Templates
  • Settings
Note that the earning tab will only show if AdSens supports your language.

Blooger Overview

On the Overview tab, you can see your blog’s activity, news and tips from the blogger team, and recent blogs of note.

Write your Post 
Once you’ve signed in to blogger, you’ll see your dashboard with your blogs. Here’s what your need to do:
  • Click the orange pencil icon to write a new post, and enter anything you want to share with the world.
  • Next, you’ll see the Post Editor Page. Start by giving your post a title (optional), then enter the post itself.
  • When you’re done, click on Preview button at the top to make sure it’s ready to go and then click Publish button to publish your post.

Add an Image

You can add an image from your computer or the Web to your blog. Click the image icon in the Post Editor toolbar. A window appears prompting you to browser for an image file on your computer, or enter the URL of an image on the Web.
Once you’ve selected your image, you can then choose a layout to determine how your image will appear in your post:

The ‘Left’, ‘Center’, and ‘Right’ option allow you to customize the way your blog text will flow around your image.
The ‘Image size’ options will determine how large the image will appear within your post.

Click Upload Images to add your image, and then click DONE when the notification window appears telling you that ‘Your image has been added’. Blogger will then return you to the post editor, where you’ll see your image ready to be published to your blog.
You can also publish images to your blog using your mobile device, Google’s free photo software Picasa, or a third-party service like flicker.

Add a Video

To add a video to your blog post, click the film strip icon in the Post Editor toolbar above where you compose your blog text. A window appears prompting your to ‘Add your video to your blog post’.

Click Browse to select the video file from your computer that you’d like to upload. Note that Blogger accepts Avi, Mpeg, QuickTime, Read and Windows Media files and that your video must be less than 100MB in size.

Before uploading your video, add a title in the ‘Video Title’ box and agree to the Terms and Conditions (you’ll only have to do this the first time that you upload a video with Blogger). Then click Upload Video.

While your video uploads, you’ll see a placeholder in the post editor showing where your video will appear. You’ll also see a status message below the post editor letting you know that your upload is in progress. Depending on the size of your video, this usually takes about five minutes. When it is complete, your video will appear in the post editor.

Your template is a fun way to customize your blog. When creating new blog, you’re fist asked to choose a default template; this is the basic design of your blog. You can choose from many templates for your blog; simply pick the one that best fits your needs.

Blooger Edit HTML

Once on the Template tab, you can either click on the orange Customize button get started with template designer, or chose one of defaults templates. If you’d like to edit the HTML your blog, just click the gray Edit HTML button.

Add a gadget
If you want more precise control over your blog’s layout, you can also use the Edit HTML feature. To Edit your blog’s layout, follow these steps:

Blooger Dashboard

  • Click layout from the drop-down menu on your dashboard below the blog you would like to customize.
  • From there, click EDIT to edit existing gadgets, or Add a Gadget to add new ones.
  • To add a new gadget after you’ve clicked Add a Gadget, simply click the plus sign next to your desired gadget. You can choose from gadgets by category, or search for a specific gadget in the top right of the pop-up window.
Blooger Add a Gadget

Once you’ve added the necessary information to your selected gadgets, click the orange Save arrangement button. Your layout changes will appear instantly.

Privacy and permission
By default, your blog is completely public, and can be read by anyone on the internet. However, if you want to keep it private, you can do that too. You can change these settings on the Settings | Basic tab.

Blooger Permission

  • Under the ‘Blog Readers’ section, you’ll probably see ‘Anybody’ selected as the default. When you change this to ‘Only these readers’, you’ll get an Add Readers button.
  • Click the Add Readers button and then enter the email address of a person to whom you’d like to grant access to your blog. To add multiple people, separate their addresses with commas.
  • For each address entered, the Google Account associated with that address will be given access to view your blog. If an address is not associated with an account, that person will receive an invitation email with a link allowing them do one to three thing:
    • Sign in to an existing account.
    • Create a new account.
    • View your blog as a guest (no account required) 

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What is a Blog ?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
So what’s a Blog?

Blog Definition:
Here are a few definitions from other much wiser people on the ‘what is a blog?’ question to get us started. Once you’ve seen what they have to say on the topic, I’ll share my own thoughts.
A weblog is a hierarchy of text, images, media objects and data, arranged chronologically, that can be viewed in a HTML browser. [ Source ]

A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links. [ Source ]

From ‘Web log.’ A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is ‘blogging’ and someone who keeps a blog is a ‘blogger’. [ Source ]

A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who you get to know. There are many guides to choose from, each develops and audience, and there’s also camaraderie and politics between the people who run weblogs, they point to each other, in all kinds of structures, graphs, loops, etc. [ Source ]

A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is ‘blogging’ and someone who keeps a blog is ‘blogger.’ Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Posting on a blog are almost always arranged in chronological order with the most recent addition featured most prominently. [ Source ]

The Features of Blog
The features that make blogs different from other websites are:
  • Content is published in a chronological fashion.
  • Content is updated regular.
  • Readers have the possibility to leave comments.
  • Other blog author can interact via trackbacks and ping-backs.
  • Content is syndicated via RSS feeds.

My personal opinion and thoughts
Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, a blog is a website, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link it or email you. Or not.
Since blogger was launched in 1999, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others.
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. a collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos of the world.

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