Guide to Blogger

Blogger is Google's blogging platform.  All ENG250 students will need to create a Blogger Blog which will be used to post media materials and reflections.

Once you've created a Gmail account, you can register for a blog at and your blog will be created at

Setting up a Blogger Blog Screencast

Blogger basicsTo get to Blogger, go to or click 'Google Matrix/More' from any Google page (gmail, docs, etc.)

Creating a Blogger Blo
Go to and sign in with your gmail ID and password.

Click 'continue'  or 'Continue to Blogger' and set your language to 'English'.
 Click 'Create Your Blog Now'

 Choose any blog title you wish (it can be simple like Jeff's TTP Blog') The Blog address will be more challenging.  You need to check availability for any address you choose. No spaces allowed.

When you have found one, click 'create blog' and you'll see this page.  Click which template looks nicest to you. This can be changed later. DO NOT Choose a 'Dynamic View' theme.
 Click 'Start Blogging'

Your Dashboard 
Your dashboard is were you can control all aspects of you blog. To get there click the orange B in the upper left corner of your screen. To go to a particular section, click on the downward pointing triangle and select the management area you'd like to go to. 

Creating Posts / Creating Pages Most of the time, when you create content on your blog, you will create a 'post by clicking 'New Post' at the upper right corner of your blog page or on your Dashbaord.
Blogger 'Pages' are used to create things like an About page or a Contact me page.  Pages are usually shown on the top menu, but do not appear on the main page stream of content.  Blogger's Page guide is here.  In the screenshot below. 'About', Resources, Skills, etc .are 'pages'.
To create a page, click 'Pages' on the side menu.  Then click 'New page'
Enter your title and body and 'Publish Page'. Examples of pages you might create include
  • About Me
  • My Classes
  • Contact
Feel free to create additional  pages if you wish.

To make sure that these appear in the top menu, go to your dashboard and click Layout.  Add a Gadget as shown below.
Add the 'Pages' Gadget to the top menu block of your blog
To add other gadgets, click 'Add a Gadget' and choose from the list. Popular gadgets include 
  • Blog Stats
  • Search Box
  • Link List
  • Top Comments
In order for the gadget to be added, you must click 'Save Arrangement' before leaving that page. 

To change the design of your blog, click 'Template' You can select any theme that is shown. To customize your main theme, click 'Customize'.  You can also modify your mobile theme by clicking the 'gear' next to Mobile.

To adjust the widths of your of your content layout, click 'Template/ Customize/Adjust Width'.  Change the widths to numbers desired.  I generally set the total width to '1000' and the sidebar to '240'.  Screesnhot below and Screencast here

Labels Labels are used to create categories for your posts. For example, if TTP Trainees wanted to create a Courses category on their blog.  Click ‘New Post’.
Title: My TTP Courses Body: I am taking the following courses as part of the BUFS Teacher Training Program. CALL, Speaking, Writing, Practicum, Extensive Reading Labels (you can copy and paste these): CALL, Speaking, Writing, Practicum, Extensive Reading

Publish that post. Now, go to your Dashboard/Design. Click 'Add a Gadget', and click the + next to Labels

Change the Title to 'Courses' and choose 'Selected Labels'.

Select all the the course labels you just created. Click Save and Save.

You should now see the Course Section on you blog menu. Any time you create content related to a particular course, use the appropriate label.

To post photos on your blogger blog.
Create 'New Post' and choose the 'Componse' tab.  Then click the Image icon.
Select 'upload' and choose file. Find the file(s) on your computer.  You can select mulitple images if you like.  Then click 'Add Selected.
Once the photo has been loaded if you mouse over it, you can select the site, orientation (left center right), add a caption, or remove it.

Posting a YouTube video on your blog
Go to Find a video you'd like to post.  Beneath the video, click 'share' and then 'more'.
Click the blogger icon
Another window will pop up with either some code or a screenshot of the selected video. Either way, click 'Publish Post'. That's it.  

Compose vs. HTML

Compose mode allows you to post in a WYSIWYG format.
What You  See is What You Get

HTML mode shows you the raw code
<span style="font-weight: bold;">What</span> <span style="font-style: italic;">You</span>&nbsp; <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">See</span><small> is </small><span style="color: rgb(204, 0, 0);">What</span> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">You</span>

Whenever you see 'embed' you will probably need to use HTML mode to copy and paste that code.

Video Tutorials

Controlling Blog privacy

Changing the appearance of your blog
Adjusting widths

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