Blogging 101



This week, I thought I would wrap up a few blogging tips I have learned… from tutorials, from helping friends, from playing with my own blog, and a few from bloggy boot camp, as well!

Hopefully there is something here for everyone:

Blog fun fact #1:

Typing <center> before and after the code in a widget will center it in your sidebar.

Blog fun fact #2:

You can make blog buttons (and Twitter backgrounds, and headers…) with PicMonkey! I learned how to by following this tutorial from Linda Sellers.

Blog fun fact #3:

Use Google Analytics to track how many people visit your site and learn how they get there.

Blog fun fact #4:

Do you see that box under my button (over there on the right)?

You use it to make your button easily “grabbable.” Yes, that’s a word that I made up. But it fits in well, don’t you think?

Do you want a grab box of your own? Shabby Blogs has a great tutorial to help you make one. It’s actually pretty easy!

Blog fun fact #5:

I find a lot of helpful tips from these blogs:


Blogging Basics 101

Desperately Seeking WordPress

Go ahead… add them to your reader… I’ll wait…

Oh, you don’t know what a reader is? Sorry…

Blog fun fact #6:

Using a blog reader (such as Google Reader or Bloglines) helps to get all of  your blogs organized in one place, and makes it easier to read them. A must for anyone reading more than 5 blogs.

Blog fun fact #7:

Get a gravatar. They make it easier to recognize you when you leave a comment.

Blog fun fact #8:

If you have WordPress, you should check out these plugins:

SexyBookmarks (allows users to share your posts via email, Twitter, Facebook, etc…)

Askimet (finds spam!)

WordPress back up (enough said. Ahem.)

Broken Link Checker (uhh… checks. broken. links.)

If you have Blogger, um… sorry.

Blog fun fact #9:

Rename your photos. Google likes “Jacks_firsttooth” better than DSC00056

Blog fun fact #10:

Make your buttons and pictures link to email you!

Here’s an example:

<center><a href=”mailto:youremailaddresshere” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://yourphotobucketpicturehere” border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket”></a><center> Text that you want under your picture<center>

Let me know if any of this doesn’t make sense… I’d be glad to answer any questions that I can!


    • Michelle says

      But Gramma Teetsie – I think you need to start your own blog. Becca could design it for you, and we all get the pleasure of knowing just how funny you really are!
      .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Not Me Monday – Photoshoot edition =-.

  1. Suzanne says

    These are great, even though I don’t understand a few. I’ll be asking! Your help last week was GREAT-thanks! Also, Chels showed me the reader and I’ve really just starting using it this week…VERY easy and time saving too-get to the ones you really want to see. I have many money saving blogs I look at and they overcrowd the others.

  2. Michelle says

    I’m starting to think I need to make the switch to wordpress… and I really need to stop saying that because I’m such a procrastinator! I just started using my google reader like, a week ago! I’ve been using my dashboard to read my blogs. I’m going to have to check out those sites you mentioned. Thanks for the tips!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Not Me Monday – Photoshoot edition =-.

  3. Chelsea says

    You have been SUCH a lifesaver through this whole learning to blog thing… thanks for putting all these tips in one place!
    .-= Chelsea´s last blog ..Mad Hippie Review! =-.

  4. says

    My favorite Google Reader tip is the NEXT button. It takes you to the blog so you get to see all the cool pages (we work so hard getting pages set up like we like them), and it counts as a hit to their page (in case they’re trying to get lots of readers) It’s under the Preferences in the reader. You just drag it to the address bar and away you go! I LOVE IT!

    Thanks for your tips! I just recently found your site, so I’ll have to go looking for your other blog tips. :)
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..My Personal Trainer =-.

  5. jenn says

    those are great tips – especially about making a button! i can’t wait to come back tomorrow- at a ahem decent hour – to learn how. thanks so much
    .-= jenn´s last blog ..lessons learned #2 =-.


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