Google Blogger- Create a Blog Step By Step For Beginners Part 2

Creating and maintaining a blog site requires that you schedule some time every week or two for posting. Keeping your blog site fresh and loaded with new information will keep visitors coming back. Navigating the template tab also requires a block of time for learning.
Log back into your blogger account and click on the template tab. You will have a list of choices that include page elements, fonts and colors, edit HTML, and pick new template.
The pick new template tab allows you to totally choose a different layout than you originally had decided on. It is best to be entirely content with your main background before you venture into the page element choices. Not every layout will look well designed if you change the background main layout after you have made your page element placements.
If you would like to get a bit adventurous, then click on the fonts and colors tab. Any changes made to the original template can be brought right back by clicking the link revert to template default on the right of the color box, so don't hesitate here to play around. The scroll down box located on the left, shows you the color scheme for your chosen layout as it is at present. To change one of the font colors, click on page background, link color, or any of the specific texts listed in the box. Then click the color choice you would like to see instead and that color will change in your viewer box on the template below. The font style is changed the same way. Click on which text to change and then a new area will open and replace the color box to offer choices for your font text. Be sure to save changes once you are happy with the editing process.
Even though we will not be making changes to the HTML tab, let's click on it. Every opportunity to get a look at HTML is an opportunity to learn. It does look like a big mess of typing gibberish, but every time you take a glance at it, you are one step closer to doing it.
Onto the page elements tab. Here you will notice a basic layout format for your header, page elements, blog posts, about me, and your blog archives.  Every element has an edit button for quick changes at any time.
Adding content to the about me section is a good place to start. Click the edit located in the about me section and compose a line or two of interest about your blog or yourself. You can also add and show your geographical location here.
Leaving your blog archive as it is is best as well for now. Adding a page element is the next step. Let's click on the add page element on the sidebar just above the blog archive. The choices here are amazing. You can add a photo, video, news reel, a poll, slideshow, or a random list of your favorite anything. There are items I will not be going into as they are more involved, but we will cover the basic ones.
If you have an account with PhotoBucket or Flickr or would like to set one up and get a slide show set up to then transfer to your blog, then clicking slide show will get it up for you. To add a photo to your page is very easy if you have a photo or image already on your computer. You would click on browse, look in the file where your image is located, click that image and save. It will load and you can title and caption your image.
How about a list of your links to other sites? Click on the add page element and choose the link list. You can link to your business sites, other blog sites, any site that interests you and your blog page viewers on the way.
When you have a few page elements saved, you can rearrange the order by right clicking and holding down your button while your mouse is over the element and dragging it to the spot you would like it to be, up or down in the order. Again, be sure to save these changes.
Adding a news reel to your blog on a subject of interest to your main subject is an outstanding idea. As you type words into the search expression box, news article types will begin to reveal themselves in this edit page element box related to your text. This is one of the best ways to get content about your topic onto your blog. Adding a poll is great fun and a very easy page element to include.
Give yourself some time on many of the other elements as some are more difficult to do. You are ready to view your blog after making the save changes and to start a new post if you have not already. Applause on a job well done. As you add new posts to your blog, this will all come easier and you will gain confidence and get comfortable with the Internet and your computer system.
Wavecritter aka Stephanie Haile

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December 30, 2007. Tags: , , . Blogs and Social Networks. Leave a comment.

Google Blogger- Create a Blog Step By Step For Beginners Part 1

Blogging has quickly become one of the favorites pastimes of the age. Yet, there are many still struggling with getting acquainted with the home computer. I have filled in the blanks for the beginner. Step by step instruction on creating a blog site on Google Blogger.
Upon reaching the site, you will see a page with three easy steps to create your own blog. This is really the easiest blog site to get started on. You will need to first submit some basic information like your email address, password that you will be using, and your display name. This display name is quite important if you are looking to promote your blog to a certain niche market. This name will become searchable and should convey something on what your blog is all about. Decide what your primary posts will be about and work from there to choose a display name. Or choose your usual display name if you have one that has stuck with you for a while. Click the orange continue button to move on to step two.
Naming your blog site is next, this is where you need a great title that is concise and will let the viewer know what you are all about. Your choice here can also be the "include" in your web address to your blog Make a weighted and clever decision as this one will stick with you. When you have completed this step, click the orange continue button.
There is a large selection of your background template choices on this next page. You can move your cursor around on the template pictures and click to view template. A preview of what your site layout will look like will come into a larger view. When you have decided which one would best suit you, click the little button to highlight the circle and continue.
Your next page should read "you have just created a blog, now start posting." Click to continue. Now you have some choices to make. If you would like to post, the screen is right there to do this. It will resemble a filing card folder. The top most tab is highlighted as "Posting". This is where you will manage or edit your posts and moderate any comments on your blog. If you were to receive a comment that you did not wish to have shown on your blog page, you can delete it here. If you have need of a change in one of your posts, you can click on edit posts and change and remedy any misspellings, add to a current post, write a new one, or even post a photo or video. Pay close attention when you move your mouse over the little icons above your typing area. This will reveal what each is for by showing you a bit of text as an explanation.
Every time you arrive at a new page, get your bearings. Study the page for a moment and become comfortable with how you arrived and how you can easily get back to the original page. Take a minute and click between edit posts and moderate posts. Click back to the top posting. Familiarize yourself with shuffling back and forth. 
On making a post, you will see an area at the bottom of the posting area that says labels for this post. Here you will type some key words and phrases. They are terms that people type into a search engine. Whatever you think others will search for when looking for your post, is what you should type here. If your post is primarily about video games, typing video games alone will not get your post spotted often. Typing video games by XBox or video action games is much better and will allow your post to be higher in the search engine.
Let's move on to the settings tab. There are sub headers that include basic, publishing, formatting, comments, archiving, site feed, email, and permissions. The basic page is the one you will arrive on each time you click on the settings tab. On this page you will type a brief description of your blog. This will display directly under the title of your blog on your blog page and is viewed by all that visit your site. Check the settings below the description. I usually leave them as is except for the show email posts link. I change it to yes. There is a brief description of what each item does listed by the yes/no button. Save your settings. This is also the page to delete your blog if you ever wish to.
The publishing tab will be used if you wanted to redirect another personal web address to your blog site. We will save this step for when you get more comfortable.
The formatting page includes a time zone adjustment that you can set for your time zone, a show link field which you will want to set to yes if you will want to include any clickable links in your posts, and a post template for more advanced backgrounds. Be sure to save changes where needed and if you would like eight or ten of your posts shown on the first page of your blog, adjust the number in the box before you save settings.
The comments section is loaded with choices pertaining to other viewers who would like to leave a message on your blog. I generally leave the default settings as is except for enable comment moderation. Google will email you when a comment is made to your blog so I retype my email address here. Clicking the question mark will give you more information on this. Filling in a comment form message is a great idea to provide boundaries for your visitors or to just introduce yourself and say hello.
Archiving and site feed are best left set at default and to learn about another day. The email tab is to use if you would like to type up an email and then directly post it to your blog site. You create the email address by filling in the space on mail to blogger address. This is a real time saver so be sure to write your information chosen somewhere safe.
The permissions tab is a way to allow another author to write posts to your blog and to choose who can view your blog. Sharing your blog with everyone is the only option for anyone who wants visitors and viewers.
My part two will include all of the information on your template tab. Remember that at any time, you can save and log out and come back when you have more time to complete your set up. Take it a bit at a time and get very comfortable doing each step and on each page. Mistakes are fixable in the edit area so take some time to play with posting until we move on to the template section.
Wavecritter aka Stephanie Haile

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December 30, 2007. Tags: , , , . Blogs and Social Networks. Leave a comment.

How To Get Started At MySpace, on a Blog, Or Other Social Network Part 2

Hello again future web site masters! Here we go with part two of How To Get Started At Myspace, on a Blog, Or Other Social network.
We left off with the display name change. OK, let's log back into MySpace and start again. You type in your email address and password that you used to get started and that will take you to your friend, the home page.
Did you get acquainted with this page and explore around awhile? If not, take some time and do that now. Pay particular attention to the "edit profile" link and the boxes on the page. After you click the "edit profile", a description of the boxes on that page follows.
The Headline space contains whatever you want to show just above your picture on your profile page. It will not be the same thing as on your home page. Remember, your home page is for your eyes only, but your profile is what your friends see. So feel free to type whatever you want here and change it as often as you wish to. Some, like myself, leave it the same all the time. I just type Wavecritter here so it is easy for all to know my username. Some, like to change it every week or so, depending on their mood. It is entirely up to you. When you start venturing out and making friends, you will see what others do. I recommend making one change in one box at a time. After you add the type for Headline, click save all changes. You will then see a red typed "profile updated" above the save all changes button.
Before we get into the other boxes, starting with the "About Me" section, I think we ought to cover the other type click areas along the horizontal line of the "interests and personality" link. The one next to the "interests and personality" is "Name", this one we covered last time, then, there is "Basic Info", let's click there now. Most of this is already filled out for you, but if you want, you can choose to type in your occupation, your ethnicity, your body type, height (if you fill this is be sure to unclick the little no answer box under height), and what you are here for, I click friends and networking. Then click "save changes". Again, you should see the red type "profile updated above gender.
On to "background and lifestyle", here you have options for marital status, sexual orientation, hometown, religion, whether you smoke or drink, if you have children, your education, and income. Feel free to leave any of these as "no answer". The only one that you will need to choose is the marital status, this is set to single as a default choice. Under "income" click "save changes" and once again you will see the red "profile updated". It's getting kind of easy now, isn't it? That is good, getting your comfort level higher, raising the bar.
Next is adding your schools, company you work for or wish to promote, and then "song and video on profile". Let's go over this one next, I am certain that you can handle the other two solo.
This link is fairly self explanatory as well, but I will walk you through a bit. First, decide if you want a song to play on your view profile page. If so, click on "find a band in MySpace music", (you can still see the home page link, you can always go back home and start over), the search artists box is where you will type in the artist or song title you are wanting to put on your site. After you type it in, click search. Don't stress over a song title or band name if you can't think of any because the next page you can just choose a type of music to search. Like Rock, Pop, Country, Hawaiian, or Jazz and many more. While you look around, remember that you can click on the blue type names of the bands and then go right back by clicking your back arrow button located by the address bar way up in your browser window. Also, there is a search criteria box on the right where you can change what music you are viewing. This is also a great way to make some celebrity friend while you choose your music. When you click on an artist name in blue type, you then go to their profile page. Find the "add friend" link under their picture or close by, click that, click confirm add, then it will say "an email has been sent to add this user. You then have the option to view the artist profile again, click the back button until you get back where you want, go home and start over, or go back and add a video.
When you do find a song that you would like to add that is on a player box, look next to the song on the right, there will be an "add" click. Click it, and a page with a box saying "Do you really want to add this song to your profile?" will show. Click yes, and it will say that the song has been added to your profile. You can now either go back to the artist's profile or go home.
Back at the home page click edit page again, and song and video on profile. This is all starting to come natural, isn't it? Now, the same process for a video, if you want to look for one. Although, when you get into the Myspace TV section, the home link is all the way at the top more toward the right side. It says MySpace Home. The link to add the video is directly under the playing video as you choose to view them, not in the long list of potential viewable videos. Then return to your home page.
Now, we will explore your account settings link just below the edit profile next to your picture. We already covered the time settings. The next link is your password. If you ever want to change your password, click here and fill in the boxes for current, new, verify (just retype your new password here) for passwords, then type in the letters from the safety box and click save changes. The privacy link is for your general privacy settings, here you can choose to show others your birthday, when you are online, profile viewable or not by everyone, photos, or you can choose to block a user here. The spam link is for more specific privacy settings. Read through the list and check or uncheck the "x boxes" and then save changes. Remember that whatever you do can be changed if you redo the step and click save changes. The notifications link is for e-mail and newsletter notifications. You choose whether or not you wish to receive these here, then click save changes. The mobile and calendar links work just the same way.
The miscellaneous tab has settings for your music to start automatically or not, your profile settings for HTML comments (the cool pictures that people like to post), and if you are going to be away from MySpace for a time to set a message for your friends.
Now, back to the home page and I will point out some important areas here. Just below your friends area will be a view birthdays. People love to get birthday wishes and this link will take you right to the friends having birthdays soon so you can click on their picture, view their profile, and add a comment to their profile page.
View your own profile at this time, the link to do that is directly under your picture, it will say view profile, pics, videos, blog, comments, friends, groups and get used to the layout. The message, add friend, view friends, add comment, subscribe to blog, and bulletins.
The difference between a message and a comment is that the message is private to your friend, and the comment goes directly on the profile page for everyone to see. Now, your blog listings do not get sent to anyone except people who subscribe to them. And the only way they can see them is to go to your profile page and click on your blog listings. The bulletin post section is for you to be able to post one comment for all of your friends at the same time, listed in their bulletin sections on their home page, not their profile page.
So, to view another persons profile, you click on their picture, and you will be taken to their profile page. From here you can add them as a friend or interact with them in other ways. The search and invite links will help you find friends, I am teaching you how to fluff your page, so I won't get into that. I am certain, once we are finished, you will be navigating like a pro.
The biggest and fluffiest part is yet to come. So, again, play around and get comfortable with the view of the boxes on your edit profile page, because part three will make your space shine.
Stephanie Haile AKA Wavecritter

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October 25, 2007. Tags: , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks. Leave a comment.

How To get Started At MySpace, on a Blog, Or Other Social Network Part 3

Here comes the fun part that we all have been waiting for! We all have our pages set, we can navigate around MySpace, now we put some "Wow" on our pages!
Let's log in to our MySpace pages and begin. Click on the "edit profile", which now has become second nature I believe. Have you gotten familiar with the about me, TV, music, etc. Boxes on this page? Then let's get busy.
Open another browser window and search for MySpace layouts, or you can just get started with either mygirlyspace dot com, or pimp-my-profile dot com. These two spaces are easier to navigate than some in my opinion. For this instruction, I will get you through the pimp-my-profile site. I chose this because men do not appreciate having an ad for the girly space on their pages. If you are a women, then I would encourage you to see the awesome layouts there as well. You see, wherever you go to choose a page layout, that site will include a small ad for there site in the layout HTML code. It is for if someone else likes your page, they too can get one as cool as yours.
After opening the other browser window, type in You do not have to log in or register here, you are just browsing the layouts. About a third of the way down the page is a layout tab, and under it includes layouts for MySpace, Blogs, and other Social Network Sites. Click on the text MySpace Layouts, if you click on the MySpace box it will take you to the MySpace site and then just click your back arrow up by the address bar in your browser window.
Since you are an old pro at the copy and paste procedure, (remember, we did that in part one), I will only brush over it briefly. You find your layout, (this might take a while because there are so many great ones), look first through the category listing, choose your category by clicking the highlighted text, pick one to preview, always preview before you select to see the code. It might look great small, but when you see it in a large view, there may not be an add friends button, or no place for people to message you, or worse yet, no area to get comments on your profile page! Check for these things during your preview. Then when you have selected one by navigating through the numbered pages on the pre-made layouts, don't be tempted by the tweak your layout just now. After you have completed your page, you can then go use your talents to explore HTML tweaks for another site's page. Just click the Details and code highlighted text.
Under the profile selected you will see a text bow with your profiles HTML code in it. I showed you how to copy and paste using your mouse and the right click method. There is another way as well, to right click on the code and select all. While it is still highlighted, on your keyboard press the Ctrl button and the c button at the same time. Or you can just right click your mouse after it is highlighted and click copy. Never close your profile code page until you have pasted, saved changes, and then viewed you own profile to see if it takes. You just did a lot of work to choose the one you wanted, it will be that long again to find it the second time.
Go back to your MySpace edit profile, and in the About Me section, if you wish to tell the world a bit about yourself, type that in now. At the end of your text, click the enter button about 3 or 4 times to leave a space between your text and the code you are going to paste here. Make sure the cursor is down the 3 or 4 spaces and then either right click and paste or on your keyboard press Ctrl then v, holding the buttons down together for a second. You will then see the code you copied on your about me section! Click preview profile. This will not quite look the same as your view profile, but you will see if it is coming together at this point. If it is, click save all changes, then type the letters from the "capthcha" box into the bar and click save changes. You will then go back to your edit profile page, with red text saying "profile updated". If it does not say this, start the steps over until it does.
In the upper right hand corner, click view profile to see what you have created so far!
You can now go back to your edit profile, and type some extras about your books, movies, music, and TV if you want. Remember to always preview profile and save all changes. I will cover the more detailed MySpace fluff in my next article, "How To Spice Up Your MySpace Page!" I will also cover posting comments on your friends profiles. I gave you my page name that I have had for a while, but I made a page with you for this article and subsequent articles. If you want to be friends with my writer page, I am also Surfcritter. Look me up, I am always willing to help!
Stephanie Haile AKA Wavecritter AKA Surfcritter

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