Blogger Start Up Tips & Tricks

This isn't quite a tutorial yet - just something to tide us over till it becomes one.

Start Up

About halfway through the Gmail startup guide on Kenkyuto 410 are instructions for making a Blogger account (slide 9, ff.).

B4B Tips

Tips to create your Blogger Account from the Blogging for Beginners (B4B) Electronic Village Online Workshop pbwiki (retrieved January 26, 2007).

Blogger Settings

These are basic recommendations:

Public Blog Listing: No

  • Dashboard
  • Settings
  • Basic
  • "Add your Blog to our listings?"
  • No!

Find blog with searches? No

  • Dashboard
  • Settings
  • Basic
  • "Let search engines find your blog?"
  • No!
    • Added 2008.04.29, thanks to rickla's pointing out this option.

Word Verification: Yes

"To avoid blog spam, ... go to your Blogger dashboard and turn on word verification for comments:

Comment Moderation: No!

Comment Notification: Yes!

Other Settings

Customizing Your Blogger Look

After you've selected a template, you can begin to customize it easily
  • Dashboard
  • Manage
  • Layout:
    • Certain page elements come with your template. You can add others, and rearrange them by dragging them up or down within page sections.
    • Clicking on the "Edit" links at the edge of optional elements will reveal "Remove Page Element" buttons that you can use later if you don't like what you see after you PREVIEW & SAVE your new blog layout.