Are you new to blogging? computers? the alien language that is html? Do you have very colourful, creative and 'best said quietly round the kids' names for your computer? that you shout very loudly (of course, because we are perfect parents, never around the kids!!)? Sound like you? THEN THIS IS THE TUTORIAL FOR YOU!
Being new to computers (other than to read my emails and reply - now don't laugh but I didn't even know how to add a folder to my desktop!!) taking the plunge into the land of blogs felt like the land of bogs - you know, rather than spending my time talking to you I felt like all my time was bogged down in figuring out how to talk to you. So after many hours searching google and reading tutorial after tutorial I feel like I have taken a very looooong journey and would like to spare you some blogging techno bumps and bruises.
I am not going to re-invent the wheel - some wonderful how-to tutorials have already been written by very knowledgeable and generous souls. Don't you love that about our blogging community? Rather, I am going to collate the links I have found wonderfully simple and instructive and show examples where I have used them. There is so much to impart to you that this tute needs to be in two parts.
Part 1 - The Blog Button
Would you love to create a button for your blog that others can add to their sidebars? Do you have a button but don't know how to resize it? The read on:
1. Creating a Button
The tutorial I found at Ellison Lane Quilts is wonderfully simple and really well laid out. You are introduced to a great site - PicMonkey. By following the steps set out in The How to Create a Blog Button the Easy Way tutorial I created this little button -
The tutorial shows you how to choose images, choose different fonts and colours and add borders. Just great and really simple. No dramas!
2. Resizing Your Button
You have made your snazzy new button but you want to put it somewhere else and the size is wrong. You've decided to join in a Quilt-a-long and need to put the button provided in your sidebar but the size wrecks the wonderful symmetry you have worked so long to create for the look of your blog. What to do? Now you could go through the whole PicMonkey process again or ......
you could simply use a free demo by Persits Software that enables you to very simply, quickly and with no fuss and no codes do the work for you. Have a go here.
3. Add a Grab Box to your Button
Last but certainly not least you want to add a grab box to your buttons so others can spread the love of your blog or linky party or giveaway or .....
By googling (was there life before google !?!?!) you will find many, many tutorials that will explain this process through the use of html to you. A particularly good one by Ellison Lane Quilts here. However, I don't know why but I still get lost in the < > , href, target and all the other html jargon so I continued googling away and discovered a real little gem.
Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....