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I get a lot of emails and messages asking for help on websites I frequent. In response, I thought like a teacher: if a few people have these questions, a lot of people might have the same questions! So, for your convenience, and mine too, I guess, I am writing a series of tutorials for popular websites. Over the course of this series, I will cure your ails with Pinterest, Twitter, Blogger, Google Reader and Picnik. I will give you the basics on the problems that are troubling you most, and if you have any other questions or sites you would like me to explain, please let me know in the comment section below.
Seasonal: Seasonal is where all of the holiday and event folders are archived until they are put in the featured section. So, if you’re editing you Halloween photos this weekend, take a look there!
Are there any other questions you have about Picnik? Perhaps a feature you would like to know more about? Let me know in the comment section below!
4. Every site where you signed up to follow via RSS will appear here. As you scroll through, your reader will mark your items as read, but you can always go back to visit them by starring your favorites or emailing them to yourself. The email option can be found at the bottom of each article.
5. There are plenty of other options available with Google Reader, and they are pretty self explanatory once you are logged in. The above steps will enable you to sign in and start reading – simple as that!
6. If you don’t feel that you have the time to read all of the articles in your feed, don’t be overwhelmed. A reader is meant to make your life simpler, not more stressful. Just mark them all as read or read as you have time. Don’t worry about staying on top of it if it’s not a priority to you.
What do I do next?
Well, you can sign up to follow my blog via RSS. Do you see my RSS symbol? If you scroll all the way to the top of my blog, it’s in light blue.
So, did this tutorial help? What else would you like to know? What other sites would you like to learn to use? Tell me in the comment section below!
2. Click “Get Started”
1. This allows you to view your blog as others see it
2. You can create a new post, edit one you have already started, or add new pages to your blog
3. If you want to add a usable website to your blog, click Link to add it in
4. Click here to add a photo to your post
5. Click here to add a video to your post
6. This is called a jump break. If you want your readers to only see a preview of you post and then have to click to read the rest, use a jump break. Add it in where you want the preview to end.
7. Edit HTML is for advanced blogging. I wouldn’t recommend touching this unless you know how to code.
8. Use labels to add tags that your readers can click on to see other similar posts. For example, this post is labeled Simple Tech Series. You can click that label and see any posts that are under that label as well.
9. If you want to schedule your post to publish at a later date, click Post Options. Then, click Schedule and type in when you want your post to be published.
The Dashboard is where you control most of your blog. Follow the numbers below to decode how each function works.
2. When you save a post, go to Edit Posts to edit it or publish it when you are ready. To view your actual blog how readers see it, click View Blog.
3. Click here to moderate your comments. You can delete comments, block commentors or just read what people have to say. You can also read comments under each post on your actual blog.
4. In the Settings tab, you can change how readers view your blog, how people leave comments, how people view your blog from a mobile phone, and many other options. If you leave your blog as is when published, it will work just fine, but if you are looking to modify things, go to Settings.
5. Design allows you to change your template or add custom HTML code. Unless you are advanced in computer language, don’t worry about custom HTML. Hire a professional or email me and I’ll see what I can help you with.
6. Monetize allows you to add advertisements to your blog through Google AdSense. Each time someone click on the add on your blog, you make money (we’re talking fractions of a penny). After a certain amount has been accumulated, you receive a check. Unless you get thousands of views a day, this option might not be all that lucrative.
7. Stats is one of my favorite features of Blogger. In Stats, you can see how many people are reading your posts, where they are reading from, what type of device and browser they are using, your most popular posts and trends over the life of your blog. These stats are fun to look at when trying to grow your blog, but they become even more important when you analyze them in order to create more meaningful content for your readers. Don’t worry about this too much if you are just writing a blog for you and close friends.
8. Click the Help option for a variety of questions. It will lead you to a forum of other Blogger users. I almost always find someone who has the same problem as me, and most of the time I find an answer as well.
Gadgets are tools that you can add to the sidebars of your blog to enhance a reader’s experience. I have a poll, Google Friend Connect, options for following me on various social media sites and other ads and things. To add a gadget:
1. Click Design on your Dashboard
2. Click Add a Gadget on the sidebar
3. A window will pop up where you can search for different gadgets
4. Some of the most popular are:
Follow By Email: Allow readers to get your blog posts by email
Followers: Allow people to follow via an RSS readers (we will go over that next week)
Slideshow: Add photos to your blog’s homepage
Finally, when you start your own blog, let me know. I would love to follow you. Next week, I will show you all about following your favorite blogs with Google Reader.
So, those are the basic steps for using Twitter. You can use it as another social network, a way to get your news and gossip, or as an advertising tool. You can upload links to websites and pictures. You can follow friends, companies and celebrities. The world of Twitter is forever growing. Get your tweet on and join the fun!
Was this tutorial helpful? What other questions do you have? Tell me in the comment section below!
p.s. Simple Tech Series will resume after the holidays!
If you pin a pin that you think a friend on Pinterest would like, simply type @ and that person’s name. That person will see a notification in their @Mentions and be able to view the pin you want her to see.
Describe your pin the best you can. Use as many key words as possible. When people search Pinterest, they will never see your awesome rainbow cake recipe if all you write in the description is “yum!” Instead, say something like “yummy rainbow cake recipe from (website)”. It’s always great to add the source to a pin as well. It’s just a nice thumbs up to the creator or originator.
How do you follow people?
You can search and follow people based on their Facebook name. You can also choose to follow all of their boards or just selected ones. See a board or member whose pins you admire? Go ahead and follow. It is not unusual to follow or be followed by people you don’t know.
Gee, Jenna, how do we follow you?
Well, I’m glad you asked. Go to the top of this page and click on the “P” in the upper right corner. Thanks for following me ;)
I hope this tutorial gives you the confidence to start your Pinterest addiction. How did this tutorial work for you? What else would you like to know? Are there any other sites you would like to learn to use? Tell me in the comment section below so I know what to improve on for you :) Happy Pinning!
Originally my blog was a way to document what was going on in our pregnancy and in the life of Ellen. It started to morph into a way for me to showcase some of my thoughts, crafts, recipes, photos and whatnot. I wanted a place where I could talk about and show things that made me happy. My blog now documents the life of my family, but it also helps me to remember to carve time out for the things I love so I can be a better wife and mom.
I love when I am super jealous of how funny another blogger is. I also love photos. Maybe it’s the English teacher in me: show not tell! I don’t have any pictures for this post, so watch this instead:
3. Something I love about blogging…
I love the challenge of coming up with new content. It’s also fun when I hear that someone enjoyed something I wrote. It makes me feel good when I can relate to another person on that level.
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5. Something my friends in real life know about me that I’ve never before mentioned on my blog…
Hmm. I feel like I talk about a lot of my opinions on my blog, but I would say that I steer clear from talking about my anxiety disorder. It’s a blog about finding ways to be happy in life, so I generally don’t muck it up with sagas about my latest panic attack. But, if you want to chit chat about it, let me know! UPDATE: I talk about this all the time. Let’s be real…
6. My new favorite blogs to read are…
7. Some things I tend to avoid talking about on my blog are..
See #5. Other than that, I try to keep it pretty positive and leave the mess out. With that being said, I think it is so important to remember that we often only see a person’s highlight reel on social media. We rarely see their failings, their mistakes and their troubles. Of course I have those things too, but I like to pray through all of that instead of airing it out for you. However, I will never shy away from talking about safety corn.
Now, here are a few blogs that I love that I think you should check out too. I’m tagging Simply Prudent, Knewly Wifed, and so she drew, and The Verougstraete Family!