Sunday, July 10, 2011

When is a blog not a blog?

Q: Is there a difference between blogger and blogspot?
There is nothing to worry about. It is just the terminology used by Google. When you open a Blogger account, you use your Google account for doing that. The blog you create will have an address (URL) like this: http://xxx dot blogspot dot com (never dot blogger dot com). A blog can have many posts. Some are just text. Others are just photos. You can also have a combination of both (text illustrated by images)

When is a blog not a blog?
Unlike other blogging platforms (word press, my space, typepad, livejournal, multiply, facebook, orkut, friendster, hi5), on Blogger, we do not call a blog, a blog. We call it a post. This has caused a lot of confusion with new bloggers. When you wish to make a new blog, you should click on "new post". Other wise you would be creating blog after blog, unintentionally. This is terrible. No one will read your blogs arranged that way, all over the internet. Your readers prefer to read posts all placed conveniently together in one place, with the latest post stacked on top. 

1. Sign on to your blog using your ID and password here:
2. On your dashboard click on "new post"
3. Type inside the post editor (large box) or upload a photo
4. Publish post.

Your blogging area will be filled by your posts as you add more posts (no limit). The side bars are meant for adding gadgets: About me, archives, labels list, link list etc. Continue to add posts to your blog. One blog is usually enough for a new blogger. Please do not create too many blogs today. What you need to do is add more posts to the blog that you have now.

A blog does not have pages, just posts arranged in chronological sequence, with the latest post on top. Pages in Blogger, refer to static pages. These have very limited uses. They can be arranged as links in the side bar or tabs under the header: [About me] [contact me] [photo galleries] etc.

Delete blog
I do not recommend that you delete any blog for whatever reason. Very often I find that deleting anything in Blogger, merely puts the item out of your own reach and does not give the desired results (peace of mind). Quite often you will have to back track, in order to solve the original problem. Some times this will involve the Google team and help from them is not so easy to get (no email address and no telephone number available)

If you like, you can make unwanted blogs into a stub blog or a test blog. You may take a peek at mine to get some idea:

Blogging is really a personal journey of discovery. If we only have the help forum, this learning process will become too slow. We will be spending too much time asking questions and waiting for answers. This is a slow way of learning. A quicker method is by using a test blog to try out ideas for ourselves. This is especially useful when we go into the the design tab to change the template in 1001 ways and we do not wish to screw up our main blog permanently. A test blog is very expendable. Please try using one to see whether you like it.

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