Control Your Destiny-Or at Least Your Blog Thumbnail

This cracks me up:
But you know what?  It has nothing to do with this post.  This is another little blogging tutorial for you from my Blog Baby Blog summer series.
Here's the thing.  Sometimes when I'm writing a post it makes sense to start out with a goofy picture I think is funny (unlike this time when it didn't really make any sense), or a before picture for a makeover post, or whatever.  But it's not necessarily a good representation of my post, and maybe not what I'd want for my thumbnail.

BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT?  That goofy Mr. Bean photo was not my thumbnail today.  Because I now control my thumbnail destiny.

Here's what I did:

•Went to the very top of my post and inserted the picture I did want for my thumbnail. (At this point, the picture is on twice.  Don't stress about it right now.)

•Now for the scary part.  I switched over to HTML (look in your top left corner under your blog title).

•Delete the first line of the code.

•Insert this line in its place:
<div class="separator" style="clear: both; display: none; text-align: center;">

•Switch back to Compose.

•Boom.  That's it.  You just controlled your thumbnail destiny. (Don't believe me? Switch over to preview.  You won't see your first picture.  But it's there, so blog reader sites pick it up as the first blog post image.)

Will this change your life?  No.  But sometimes I rewrite or rearrange a post because of the thumbnail.  Now I don't have to waste time thinking about it.  Instead, I can waste time on Pinterest with nonsense like this:

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  1. Awesome tip! I HATE when they choose the wrong thumbnail!

  2. I was wondering about this! Thanks for this easy tutorial Megan! :)

    Soaring Through Second

    1. I JUST used this tutorial!!! Thank you again!!!!! :) Whooo hooooo!!!

  3. You're adorable.

    Thanks for the tip :)

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  4. Amazing tip! I had no idea this was even possible. Thanks!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  5. I had no idea--thanks for this (and I've copied the code for future use).

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  6. Umm, this WILL change my life! So excited that this is possible! Thanks for all your helpful tutorials.:)

    iTeach 1:1

  7. I love all these tips, and I'm definitely going to have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

    Don't Let The Teacher Stay Up Late

  8. I disagree- this IS lifechanging!!! Thank you! Pinning this so I can find it super easily for when I need to use this code.

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  9. YAY...thanks for this. I'm very guilty of planning a post layout according to what the thumbnail will look like!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learin'

  10. The pictures cracked me up!!!! Love your tips! :)

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

  11. So helpful! It always aggravated me when I knew that my thumbnail wasn't going to be what I wanted it to be! Thanks!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  12. This is incredible. ...and I LOVE the nosy pepper joke!!! It is my favorite!! I shared it with my students so many times this year and they find me ridiculous. : ]

    Smack Dab in the Middle

  13. This is great! Now I just need to figure out how to create button for my blog so I can have a thumbnail!
    Fifth Grade Wit and

  14. My jaw just hit the floor!! That's how you do it!! I couldn't figure this out for the life of me! Yay! now I can spend more time on Pinterest too..b/c THAT's what I should do w/ my extra time ;)

    I love this series & thanks for the tip!
    Miss, Hey Miss

  15. Thanks so much for doing this mini-series! It's so helpful to know all the tricks because this blogging thing can be tricky and frustrating sometimes!! You're a lifesaver.. and I'm pinning all your good posts!

  16. Thanks so much for this incredible tip! You rock! Your a lifesaver to us newbies.

    Luv My Kinders

  17. Thanks for this!! I cracked up at both of those pictures. :)

    My Carolina Classroom

  18. I LOVE this! There are so many times I want a different thumbnail but it just doesn't make sense for the flow of my post! Now I can!!!!! Your rock!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  19. You are so helpful!! I love your tips! This one will come in handy... thanks so much!
    Tales of a Teacher

  20. Thank you so much! I just used this tip because my thumbnail was not what I wanted it to be after all of my work writing the post. This was super easy and helpful!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Miss Peluso's Kindergarten

  21. I love, LOVE the pic of Rowan Atkinson! It truly made me snort laugh after which I had to check to make certain no one heard me.
    You have lots of interesting stuff to read! I'll be returning regularly - thank you!

  22. This is so genius! Just the other day I was crediting another blogger with a project I was working on and started talking about her right away sonit made sense to use her picture and credit her. But, then I felt bad because my thumbnail for my post wasn't even mine. Problem solved thanks to you!!

    Teaching with Hope

  23. I think your very creative and I love the mister bean photo!