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Blogger Redesign Coming

Starting today, a new UI is being rolled out for Blogger users.  Nothing will change (yet) for your readers, but your dashboard, post editor, and all the rest are being overhauled.



Log in to Blogger In Draft to see if they've made the changes available to you yet.  Blogger In Draft is where the Blogger team does beta-testing of… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on April 20, 2011 at 10:15am — No Comments

Official Android Blogger App

Google has released an official Blogger app for Android devices.  You can save an idea as a draft (I have a dozen or so posts in draft form at any given time), post photos from your phone's camera, or browse your blogs' existing content.  (A blog is, after all, a content management system.)

Added by Jeff Hershberger on February 4, 2011 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

More fonts for Blogger!

Blogger has just announced that they're making more fonts - a total of 77 - available to Blogger blogs.  The source is Google Fonts.  There are some really odd ones ... it'd be fun to type in Old English calligraphy, but I don't recommend it for long posts!

Added by Jeff Hershberger on January 21, 2011 at 8:51am — No Comments

New feature on Blogger: control your partial RSS feeds

Some bloggers send the whole content of every post to their RSS feeds, but many choose to send only the beginning of each post, so that readers will click through. Blogger now allows you to choose, on a post-by-post basis, how much of the beginning of your post to put into the RSS feed. The new feature is called a "Jump Break".…

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Added by Jeff Hershberger on December 10, 2010 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Blogger.com Seeks Input on Desired Features

http://buzz.blogger.com/2010/10/help-us-make-blogger-better-again.html

Blogger spent the last year responding to their last survey of feature requests, and cranked out quite a few. I mentioned some of them here. Now they're asking again.

What feature would you like to see added to Blogger?

Added by Jeff Hershberger on October 8, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Handy tool: Page2RSS

I've just discovered a handy tool: page2rss.com will create an RSS feed you can subscribe to in Google Reader, even if the web site that publishes the page doesn't offer a feed of its own.



Here's an example. The Cleveland Wine School, now the American Wine School, is run by Marianne Frantz, a terrific wine educator. In addition to her educational efforts, she runs the Cellar Door, a wine tasting room that… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on September 25, 2010 at 11:50am — No Comments

Moose Meeting Locations Poll

It's time to start thinking about the next Moose Meeting. We'd like your input on locations, so we set up this poll for you to suggest places and vote on the suggestions. Have a look!

Possible Locations for Lake Erie Moose Society Meetings

Added by Jeff Hershberger on September 23, 2010 at 7:27am — No Comments

Improved comment handling in Blogger



There's more good news from the Blogger team at Google: the comments system has been completely overhauled.



My biggest complaint with using Blogger as a blogging platform has always been comment moderation. My choices were to allow any anonymous schmuck to comment (spam magnet!), approve comments one by one until people register, or basically not allow comments at all. What I really wanted was to… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on August 11, 2010 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Calendar for Erie Moose!

http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=018kch336cp7mujuuaqjn8dtjk%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York



The above link will take you to a public Google Calendar page listing events for Erie Moose. We'll be using this for events after we subscribe to Ning Mini. (Ning has gone pay, and the Ning Mini pay tier doesn't provide any events… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on July 12, 2010 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Blogger adds "share this" buttons for each post

Would you like your readers to be able to pass along a post to their friends on Facebook or Twitter? A new set of "share" buttons makes it easier.



This post on the Blogger Buzz blog tells you how to activate the new buttons. They appear at the bottom of each post. I've turned them on on my blog - see, for example, this post. The… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on June 25, 2010 at 7:28am — No Comments

New Template Designer now available for all Blogger users!

Blogger users now have a lot more options for the appearance of their blogs. The Template Designer that was in beta is now available to everyone. See my blog for an example, myfuturepast.blogspot.com.

http://buzz.blogger.com/2010/06/blogger-template-designer-now-available.html

Added by Jeff Hershberger on June 15, 2010 at 7:16am — No Comments

Alternate Venues: portable hotspot?

One of the things we'd like to talk about at next Monday's Moose meeting is alternate venues. We love the Spider, but it'd be nice to have some variety. It would open up a lot of options to us if we could bring our own wifi.



Does anyone have a tetherable smartphone (e.g. my wife's Droid) and a laptop? Here's a link describing how to use your laptop's wifi to broadcast, rather than receive, and create your own wifi hotspot.…



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Added by Jeff Hershberger on April 29, 2010 at 7:23am — No Comments

How to: subscribe to ALL comments on your blog

It's nice to get comments - and even nicer to reply to them, but you can't if you don't know they're there! Occasionally someone will comment on an old post that you're not keeping an eye on, so it's helpful to have some way of getting notified of each comment.



One easy way is email. In Blogger's "settings" tab, under "comments", you can put your address in the "comment notification email" box. But if you're like me, your email accounts are already on the verge of being overwhelmed.… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on March 17, 2010 at 12:47pm — No Comments

New feature in Blogger: standalone Web pages!

In February, Blogger added the ability to create freestanding Web pages for your blog. Until now, every page in a Blogger blog was a post, so if you wanted to provide an "about me" page, you had to host it elsewhere. No longer! I noticed this new "edit pages" tab in my Blogger Dashboard today. If you… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on March 16, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Allowing comments in your Blogger blog

Once you've created your blog and begun posting regularly, it's nice to allow visitors to leave comments on your posts. Mutual commenting provides writers with valuable feedback and helps build community.



If you're using Blogger, take a tour of your settings. It's a tab in your Dashboard next to the one you use to create new posts. The subsection for managing comments is shown in the screenshot below (click to see a larger version):…

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Added by Jeff Hershberger on November 14, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

How to add a "Cleveland Bloggers Blogroll" and other features to a Blogger blog

I use Blogger, Google's simple free blogging service. Even with the limited flexibility of this service, I've been able to add some important features to help us keep track of each other. Over at my blog, I've written a post describing how I added three of those things:



1. A list of the Cleveland blogs I read

2. A list of blog posts--not necessarily from Clevelanders--that I found… Continue

Added by Jeff Hershberger on November 8, 2009 at 11:11am — No Comments

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