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Quilters - Step by Step Directions for Creating Your Own Blog With a GIVEAWAY!!

I am SO excited to bring you all this post! I have been living in this fog for so long and I feel like I am finally coming out!!

So I am finally able to bring you all this post and without further ado....

Step By Step Directions for Creating Your Own Blog

There are several different types of blogging software out there and they all have their reasons for being great.

For today, I am going to show you how to start a blog using Blogger.

It is:
  • Simple to set up
  • Simple to use
  • NEVER have to update the software 
  • It does everything for you
  • You just have to blog (aka write a post)
So let's get started!

The first thing we need to do is go to:

www.blogger.com

Next we need to sign in with our Google Account.

If you have a Gmail email address - sign in using your gmail information.

If you don't have a Google Account, click the Get Started Link. (please note - you can click on any of the images below to get the larger version)

OR

Go to mail.google.com and set up a Gmail address. This will look like yourname@gmail.com


Whether you sign in or create an account, the next screen you will see will be the Dashboard.


Click the button to Create Your Blog Now

The next screen will be the hardest part of this entire process BUT don't get stuck here.

You are going to give your Blog a title and an address (or URL). The URL of a page is how people get directly to your website. It would be like typing in www.1Choice4Quilting.com to get to our store.

Again... do NOT get stuck here because you can change this at ANY time.

*hint* IF you are going to change your Blog Name and URL - do it in the beginning. Otherwise all your new friends and readers might not be able to find you.

You can call this Susie's Quilt Blog. You can call this Susies' Piece of Heaven. You can call this anything you want. You have been reading blogs all this time. Look at their names for inspiration to help find yours.

For the blog address, you want it to coincide with your name so people will be able to remember it.

You may want to put susiesquiltblog.blogspot.com or if that is not available susies-quilt-blog. Try different combinations.


Click continue and it is time to design your blog. Do NOT get stuck here. With a few simple clicks, this is SUPER easy to change.

*hint* Don't pick anything too dark. It will be hard for people to read and they will just leave your website. Simple in blue or Ethereal are two great ones to start with that will allow your readers to read your words.






Check it out!! Your blog has been created!! How cool is THAT!!



So easy, right??

Let's do a quick test blog post to make sure it looks really pretty.

There are 4 steps for creating our first post.

  1. For the Title put in:
    "Let's test this bad boy out!"
  2. In the compose box put in:
    This is our first blog post. I want to test it out!!
  3. Click the X button on the New! Improved Preview Box
  4. Click the Publish Post Button







Now you will see the following screen




Click View Post

Pretty Pretty Pretty!!



Great job everyone!!

Now practice adding new posts with pictures, changing fonts, and even creating links.

I will be back soon with part 2 showing you how to do all the above in more detail and how to customize your blog.

Do NOT worry about breaking anything. You can clear edits, you can undo most things, and if it gets really bad....delete the blog and start again.

Have FUN learning your new blog.

And to inspire you to start your own blog....

Leave a comment below with the link to your pretty new blog and you will be automatically entered to win a GORGEOUS fat quarter bundle of Anthology Bryant Park Fat Quarter Bundle


Where do you find the link?

Just go to the top of your screen to the address bar and copy the address of your blog



Good luck everyone!

Drawing ends July 17th so you have TWO weeks to get this easy project DONE!!
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