So this is my official first post for my new blog. How do you like my new digs? Snazzy, huh? After I launched my Indie Designz, I decided to take the plunge and figure out wordpress. It was no easy task but I think I have managed to get most of it figured out. I imported all of my posts from my Dafeenah blog to here as well so it didn’t look so empty. I’m really excited about having a new blog. It’s sort of like getting a do over. I’m more focused now. I know what I want my “niche” to be so I plan on making that happen here. One of the things I hope to make a weekly segment is a “how to” guide for blogging and writing tips. There are so many easy and quick ways to personalize your blogger (or wordpress now lol) and they are all free. You just have to know how to bribe blogger to get it to do what you want.
This “how to” section actually came about when a bloggy friend, Jenn, who is freaking awesome btw. Make sure to check out her book review blog. Anyways Jenn asked me to design a blog template for her. Now I have never designed a blog template but I told her that I could help her work some magic on blogger and get it how she wanted. This was the result. Whatcha think? She has good taste, huh? I also helped one of Jenn’s blogger buddies, Craziness Abounds, to fancy up her blog as well.
It can be intimidating when you first open your blogger dashboard. There is this fear that sits in the pit of your stomach. You’re afraid to touch anything because you don’t want your blog to disappear. However a lot of people blog just for fun, and they don’t want to invest money in templates, headers and things like that. So my how to’s will be directed towards those people and people like me who are just down right cheap. If I can get it for free, you best believe I will get it for free or as close to free as possible.
I’ve made a PDF instruction guide with screen shots to help you get started on personalizing your blogger template. Now in this guide, I’ve used the settings for Craziness Abounds blog as a sample. You do NOT have to use those settings. Feel free to experiment and play around with it. One tip I always give people is if you’re really uncertain then just create a second blog. It’s quick and easy to do. Play around with it and once you get comfortable you can delete that test blog and move onto your own blog.
Before you start making your own free custom blogger template, you need to find some images for your background and header. Since it’s for your own personal use, you have a bit more freedom in what images you use than the ones I can use. Morguefiles and 123RF are great sites for images especially for those wanting images for commercial purposes. Oh and it’s free!! Once you have your images for your header and background found, then you can move onto setting up your blogger template.
As always before you start making changes to your blog, download/export your blogger template this way if you get in over your head you can easily import your old settings back in.
I have quite a few of these planned. Some may be simple but I was surprised at how many people don’t realize all of what is available in blogger so I thought these would be quite beneficial for everyone.