A beginner blogger on Blogger

Canada
May 11, 2007 12:27am CST
On Apr 5th 2007 I started blogging on Google's Blogger platform. Although I've done some programming in my earlier IT life most of this was proprietary scripting stuff so I wouldn't call myself a hotshot programmer by any means. I say that to reassure anyone who is hesitant to jump into blogger. The main thing to do is to just begin and have a commitment to keep it up; like posting 2 or three times a week. The number of abandoned blogs languishing in cybervacuum is sad, so if you start do keep going. Apart from the simplicity of the Blogger system, there's loads of help available out there. Don't take my word for it. As soon as you set up an account just click on the help button on upper right and type in a quastion. Usually there will be some answers from the Blogger Help Forums and you will quickly find the 'stars' who have the answers to anything you'll want to know for a long time. You'll notice for example that my blog doesn'y have the Blogger bar at the top, and also that it has three columns instead of the standard two. These are simple modifications to make and the instructions can easily be found in the way I've indicated. I'll direct anyone to solutions as time allows. So if you want to follow along and see the evolution of my blog check in. Today is about day 36. D.D.Grant Home Foreclosures http://www.home-foreclosures.blogspot.com/
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16 May 07
Hi, I'm also a newcomer on Blogger and haven't really a clue what I'm doing but with Blogger's easy-to-use format I am managing just fine. As you so rightly point out it's all a matter of patience, keep posting 2-3 times a week and hopefully you'll gain readership. It's all good fun anyway! http://www.legitworkfromhomeopps.blogspot.com Any comments/critisism?
• Canada
17 May 07
Yeah, it looks sooo much better. BTW, the help link I gave you is not my site - not sure if that was what your comment implied. My site is http://home-foreclosures.blogspot.com Probably a bit boring to you though coz of the topic. And why don't you check on the help link to see if anyone has changes to your specific template to get rid of that horrid arrow [] thingy that's messing up the look of your bottom panel. It would help to get rid of it from the title too. Sometimes I think someone's great granny designed the templates. Best, DDG
17 May 07
My apologies for the error regarding the blog help site. I have already bookmarked your blog to have a read of, I'm having problems with my www connection at the moment and can only really do one thing at a time otherwise it just crashes but I will definitely get round to reading it. As for your other comments regarding the removal of the arows on my site, I will contact Blogger and see if I can get them removed as I'm not technie enough to do it myself. You know I have learned more and received more help just from MyLot members than I have done from any other source. All your help is very much appreciated. Thank you.
@jalbeos (1176)
• Philippines
11 May 07
I am using blogger to.... heres my blog http://argaophilippines.blogspot.com . I love its ready-template feature. I only know a bit of HTML and CSS but I haven't tried any programming skills like C+ or PHP.
• Canada
11 May 07
You're doing well with the blog. Suggestion: It's a good idea to have your profile 'About me' at the top and also to add a pic to it, it just personalizes things which people apparently like. Don't "hide your light under a bushel." Thanks for replying. Denis
@jalbeos (1176)
• Philippines
12 May 07
Thanks for your suggestion. I think I need to work with my blog right now. It's been two months that I did not post new topics on my blog. So, that could be my goal for today. Thank you so much again.
• Canada
12 May 07
Yes, you really have to get into the habit of posting at least a couple of times a week. One way to make this easier is to note down ideas as they come to you when you're going about your day. Sometimes you'll find you can end up with a complete post on the back of en envelope. You'll be surprised how much stuff you end up with in this way. Eventually, instead of wondering what to post you'll have two or three ready to go. Good blogging! Denis
@piropos (312)
• Philippines
11 May 07
Blogging is really fun. I started mine last March and although if we go by really fun standards, mine is slow in gaining readership. It's been on for two months now and I still haven't reached the 1000th mark. I had been planning to start a blog since early last year but I just didn't have the time nor the strong will to start it. And then one day, I decided to just start one and get on with it. I try to post at least twice a week and when I don't have any original post to publish, I research the internet for similar topics and just post excerpts and quotes while linking to the original websites and blogs. Someday perhaps, I may set it up to earn something from my blog, but as of now, I'm having so much fun just writing and posting in my blogs, just as much as I enjoy my time here in mylot. By the way, my blogs are about biking, as I do bike to work daily and occasionally, I go out of town for some century rides with my bike buddies. My blogs: www.ruralpinoybiker.wordpress.com www.crankandpedal.wordpress.com
@piropos (312)
• Philippines
12 May 07
Thanks a million for this tip, I will do it. Thanks again.
@zodiac73 (119)
16 May 07
I too have programmed in ancient tongues (1980's - 90's) and it provides little help when working with HTML so I know what you mean. I'd be interested in the two tips you mentioned here, the 3 column and losing the Blogger bar. How do you do them? Simon.
• Canada
17 May 07
THREE COLUMNN TEMPLATE http:/hackosphere.blogspot.com/3006/09/3-column-templates-for-blogger-beta_01.html Scroll down to 1. Beta template 3 three CSS wrapper definitions I use 850/400/200/200 on my blog - play about with the numbers until you get what you want, remembering always that the sum of the three inner items - e.g., 400+200+200 must be
@zodiac73 (119)
16 May 07
I too have programmed in ancient tongues, and it provides little help to editing HTML etc.
• Canada
17 May 07
I'm retired and worked in IT up to 2000. Recently got back to fiddling about just as a hobby. I reviewed the developments since 2000 (Phew!) and decided that for Web 2.0 especially the best basic skills to concentrate on are Javascript, CSS and XML - (and whatever flavor of HTML you need), esp. if your interested in AJAX which is definitely a superior approach. Thanks for commenting, DDG