Monday, 1 June 2009

Guest Blogger – I Blog, You Blog – We Blog

 

This week we are going to look at the things that make blogging not only easier but fun as well. I have had a blog for more than a year, but have actually seriously started blogging less than a year.

During this time i have gone through so many phases and stages – all while tearing my hair out and relying heavily on some really fantastic bloggers.

The first thing i had to overcome was this dark valley called HTML, i am still not at the phase where i would like to be with my knowledge of HTML, but i am versed enough to do the minor and sometimes major changes to my blog – without it all going belly up.

This week i am going to be dealing with the things that make blogging not only easier to manage, but also to have fun with it as well.

 

Uploading Post

When i started blogging – i was lucky enough to have done some research and found WINDOWS LIVE WRITER..

This is  neat piece of software that allows you to upload all post to as many blog as you have without actually logging onto your dashboard.

I have never actually posted directly onto my blog from BlogSpot/Wordpress or Livejournal  itself. All my post go through WLW. Other than the ease of use the WLW provides, it also save a copy of every post on my hard drive – so if my blog goes belly up, my posts are protect.

 

 

To get a honest opinion on WLW – visit Paul Stamatiou - Review WLW

 

Browsers

I can’t elaborate on this point enough – YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE BROWSER – when blogging, as most little glitches can be ironed out by logging into the right browser or just logging onto another browser where possible.

The most popular ones out there now are Internet Explorer, The World, Opera, Mozilla Foxfire, Netscape, Chrome, Maxathon. For Mac users Safari is your browser….

I have at least four different browser on my PC for the mere fact, that some content don’t work on some browser and i have stopped using IE about 4yrs now and as most application are made for IE, it took me a while to find out what works with what. However my two constant are Chrome and Mozilla Foxfire.

 

Display

It’s nice to have graphic on your blog and it is always a vital tool for promoting books, art, interview or anything that's your particular interest.

As long as it does not hamper the speed of which my blog load, i use what ever is best suited to promote the necessary books on my blog.

Some cool widgets for books are

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon - https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/

Photobucket - http://photobucket.com/

Individual blog – picture management system..

Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/

Picassa - http://picasa.google.co.uk/

 

Networking

Have you spread your wings and put your blog out there for other people to find out about, or have you linked your blog to names or address that you might have had before or even since the time you have set up your blog.

Some Popular ones…..

Twitter - http://twitter.com/

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/

Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/

StumbleUpon - http://www.stumbleupon.com/

Digg - http://digg.com/

Technocrati - http://technorati.com/

Some one who goes into a bit of the how's and why’s of networking site is That MLM Beat – see their take on it all.

Squiddo does a really good article on the Pros and Cons of Social Networking.

 

The Online Libraries

I love my online libraries, i would like to say i find time to update them as often as i would like, or even that i find time to make connection with all the people i have on my friend list – but i do try.

However, i have found that since going eBooks, the online libraries have been a phenomenal help in keeping a true log of which books are in my library. 

 

Do you have another method of uploading post or have you found another little magic wand widget that makes your blog stand out, or make it all that easier to manage. I as well as other bloggers are always on the lookout for these little tools.

Add your contribution on comment and it will be moved to the post, for all to enjoy.

 

Enjoy the week… in blogging

 

8 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 1 June 2009 at 14:34 said...

I learned something new :D
But coming up with soemthing new, nope. I am just to new to all of this

TheChicGeek on 1 June 2009 at 20:17 said...

Wow, that was great E.H.! Thanks for all the helpful info! I am definitely going to explore the possibilities!
Have a Happy Day!

Lily on 2 June 2009 at 02:59 said...

That's a lot of useful info, thanks for sharing!!!

Lily

Leontine on 2 June 2009 at 09:07 said...

I always am hungry for more knowledge how to work the blog. I myself have my blog since July last year but it took my about 7 months of trying out that I came up with my current look. I didn't want to go by a free template but had my own thing I wanted and this is one of the websites/blogs that help me do it: http://tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com/

I have got no idea if the rest of the world sees my double edged stroke around my blogspost or even my background for that matter *eek* I steel feel like such a newbie sometimes LOL

Thanks for this post E.H!

Erotic Horizon on 2 June 2009 at 19:07 said...

Hey Blodeuedd..

Glad I could pass something on to you..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 June 2009 at 19:07 said...

Hey Kelly..

Loads out there to make blogging easier - have fun..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 June 2009 at 19:08 said...

@ Lily..

Glad to be of help..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 June 2009 at 19:09 said...

@leontine..

I absolutely love your template- i visit really to just look at it, it's beautiful...

Thanks for the link..

E.H>