I'm Starting to Get the Hang of This

Starting to feel good about posting, linking, and adding in pictures?

Time to learn some more!

**Joining a Linky Party
Watch the video below to get the inside scoop on joining linky parties.

**Raise Your Hand if You Hate Word Verifiers
Reading blogs is fun. Leaving comments is fun. You know what's not fun? Squinting to try and read those stupid word verifier thingies. There are even times I have tried to comment on a blog but couldn't read the verifier and gave up.
Yes, they're trying to help us with spam robots.  Spam is out of control.  STOP THE SPAM WITHOUT A WORD VERIFIER.  Yes, I'm yelling.  Here's how:

**Linking a Picture
For no specific reason I can find, Google made this stupid.  Why, Google, why?  It's totally doable, just requires on extra, totally unnecessary step.

**You won an award! Now what?
Well two things.  One-you probably want to put the award on your sidebar.  Two-you probably want to  put a picture of it in a  post where you write about how awesome it was to win that award.  Here's how to do that!
To post on your sidebar:
-In the post where you saw the award, right click on the picture of the award.
-Select copy image url
-Go to the Layout section of Blogger
-Select Add a Gadget
-Scroll until you see Picture
-One of the picture options is "From the Web".  You can paste that image address in there.
-You might give the gadget a title like "Awards"  Creative, right?
The gadget you just made is on top now.  You can drag it down to where you want on your sidebar.

To put a picture of it in when you write about how you won an awesome award:

-In the post where you saw the award, right click on the picture of the award.
-Select copy image url
-Now go to your post
-Click on the icon to add a picture
-Select "From a URL", paste in the address you copied

OR just watch this video.

**Grab My Button
There's no easy way to say this.  This is kind of a pain in the butt.  It's also really important though.
The first you need is a URL (web address) for the picture of your button.

If you are familiar with Photobucket, upload your button, grab the direct link, and you're good to go.

If you're going, "What's Photobucket?"  Here's another option.
-Put the picture of your button in a blog post (you don't have to leave it there).  Once you put it in a post, Blogger had to create a URL, even if you delete it.
-Right click on the picture, and select save this link.  Now you have your url address!  You can delete it out of your post.  Or you could be all, look how cute my button is.  Whichever works.

Now! You used to have to do a lot of work to get a code.  Them some awesome person came up with a  website that would do it for you.  Awesomeness.

Go here:
Grab My Button Code Generator

Now, once you have your code, go to your layout.  Select add a gadget, html, paste in your text, voilá.  You're all set.

**Find Your Blog on Pinterest
Want to stalk yourself on Pinterest? It's easy!
Type this in your address bar:

Except you'll put the address of your blog in, not mine.

**Adding Buttons from Other Blogs on Your Sidebar
-Copy and paste their HTML code
-In Blogger, select Layout,
-Add gadget
-Paste it in that code you copied
-You might give the first one a title like Blogs I Love (whatever works)
That new gadget will be at the top of your sidebar
-Drag it to where you want
-Keep adding as many as you want! Just drag them down to below your first button with the title
*You have to add a gadget box each time you add a button

Or, just watch this video.

**Adding a Google Doc Link and Preview
-Once you created your document, go to Google docs and upload it.
-Open you document in Google Docs.
-You'll see this:
-Right click on the small "preview" image & select copy image address.
-In your blog post, click the icon to add a picture. Select from URL. Paste in the address you copied.
-There's you picture! Yea.

Now link it up:
-Go pack to your Google Doc.
-Click on the share button at the top.
-Make sure you change "Who Has Access" to "Anyone with the Link"
-Now copy the link that is created for you.
It looks like this:

-Go back to your post
-Click on the preview picture
-Click link at the top (sometimes you have to click on the picture again to get the link button to work, stupid right?
-Paste your link in.

You're done!


  1. I just love, love your "blog baby blog" site. It helped me SO much as I was setting up my blog this last summer and fall, and I cannot tell you how many times I have directed other new bloggers to your site for all of the important how-to's. Thanks so much for posting this site and making teacher blogging so much easier for all of us!

    ~Miss Martin
    Miss Martin’s Classroom

  2. I super duper promise that I watched the video three times while sipping a diet coke trying to add the Blogs I Love on the right side. My blog does not have the Layout or the menu that you show on the video. I did manage to start following / stalking your blog now so that was good. Please just point me in the right direction and I WILL get this. Thanks soooo much! Look at me, I am a blogger! LOL

  3. This has been EXTREMELY helpful!!! Thank you so much for creating all of these directions! You've made things so much easier in this wonderfully addicting blogging world!

    Table Talk with C & C

  4. I was informed of your blog through a question that I had on my blog. I followed your advice with the Grab My Button and went to the other site. The HTML came up great but know my button is HUGE. What am I missing there? Thanks for the help.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

    1. Tammy, I had the same issue, googled how to fix it and came across this free site http://www.simpleimageresizer.com/ that allows you to resize your images. It took several attempts but I finally got it. I hope this helps you as well.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thiank you for this! I was able to figure it all out with a little time and effort. I should not have messed with the code but I learned something from it and was still able to get the button. Link your blog, and grab a few buttons of those I folow! Thanks again for this!

  6. Can you add a blog if you cannot find a button? I tried to just copy the website but it doesn't look the same....

  7. Thank you so very much for these helpful tips! I'm new to the blogging world and these are just what I needed!
    Lupe Roznowski