Sunday, June 2, 2013

Helpful Links for Updating a Blog (Even if HTML Terrifies You)

Regular readers will notice that the blog has undergone some dramatic changes. When I started contemplating updating this site, I had a laundry list of things I wanted to do: change the name, change the URL, update the look, integrate social media icons for connecting with readers and allowing them to share my content. Since I know almost nothing about web design (HTML, whatty?), I was overwhelmed by the prospect of doing the work on my own.
Google to the rescue!
Here's a short list of some of the most helpful tutorials I found:

Creating a Banner in PicMonkey From The Blog Guidebook

Adding Social Media Share Icons to My Photos From Code It Pretty
Code it Pretty has links to sets of social media icons (or stand alone Pin It buttons).

Creating Custom Social Media Icons in PicMonkey AND Making The Functional to Enable Readers to Find Me on Other Sites From Something Swanky:
*This looks like a very involved process, and it is, but it is not difficult. It takes time, but I think this method is absolutely worth the effort. You can create the exact look you want instead of trolling the internet for icons that fit your needs. It's also much easier to arrange the icons relative to one another in this way.

Changing the Post Title Color in Blogger's Simple Template From Beta Templates:
One tip: click into your HTML and hit CTRL F to bring up a search bar, then type in the bit of code that you are looking for. It took me a while of scrolling through lines and lines of code before I figured out to do this (I'm not kidding about being a novice . . .).

Change is good! If you are considering updating your own blog, be ambitious. There are so many bloggers, coders, and artists out there willing to provide assistance to beginners. Don't be scared to look for the resources you need to make your site everything you want it to be. Be creative and enjoy!





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