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Set Up a Blogger Blog

Setting up a blog on Blogger is quite easy. The first thing you want to do is to set up a Google account on the blog. You can do this by going to Blogger.com and then follow the link in the resources section.

It takes about 2 or 3 minutes to set up a Google account. If you already have a Google account you can use it if you wish.

After you have set up your Google account you should go back to Blogger.com and sign-in using your Google account username and password. Your username is typically the e-mail address you used when creating the account.

You can set up your account so it remembers your username and password. Only do this if you are on a non-shared computer.

Look for the “Create a blog” option on the dashboard of Blogger. The dashboard is the page you go to every time you log onto your Blogger account. You can manage several blogs from the same dashboard if they were all created with the same Google account.

You will be asked to name your blog. You want to create an easy to remember, easy to find a name that makes it clear what your blog is about.  Try not to have a blog name that is too long. It will be the first part of the web address of your blog. For example, if you name your blog “Teds Tidbits” your URL will be http://tedstidbits@blogspot.com.

The next thing you need to do is to choose your template. Blogger has a number of templates to choose from. You do not have to agonise over which template to use because you can change the template at any time.

Write your first official blog post using the template Blogger provided. Feel free to add a picture, etc. Once you submit that first blog posting you will be able to view your new blog, edit the posting, etc.

At this point, you can personalise your blog so it stands out. Many different aspects of the blog can be changed, moved around, etc. Click on the “Layout” option and start to make your blog stand out from the other blogs out there. You can undo virtually anything that you do so do not be shy to experiment with different layouts for your blog.

Once you finish your layout you are done.  Happy blogging!

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