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Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide (Visual QuickProject Guides) [Paperback]

Elizabeth Castro
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29 Oct 2009 Visual QuickProject Guides
If you want to start blogging fast but don't want to get sidetracked by the details, then you need a Visual QuickProject Guide!
  • You don't need to know every feature—-you just want to know how to get your project done.
  • Full-color illustrations show you how to perform each step of your project from start to finish.
  • Low-priced—why pay more than you need?
In Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide, best-selling author, Elizabeth Castro, shows users how to get started in the wonderful world of blogging. This book features large color illustrations and a minimum of verbiage to show brand-new Blogger users each step of the blogging process.  Castro first acquaints readers with the interface and standard options, then walks them through blog setup, creating their profile, posting email, adding pictures and audio. She also covers adding widgets to a blog; tools for tracking Web traffic and following subscriber traffic; using color and customizing layouts; understanding template tags and using tags to categorize content; combating spam; understanding balance and deciding how many blog posts to have on the homepage; privacy issues; posting photos; blogging mobile; and more.

This is ideal entry point to the blogosphere for anyone who wants to get started fast, but doesn't need to know every feature—just how to get the project done!

Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321637526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321637529
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,849,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide, best-selling author, Elizabeth Castro, shows users how to get started in the wonderful world of blogging. This book features large color illustrations and a minimum of verbiage to show brand-new Blogger users each step of the blogging process.  Castro first acquaints readers with the interface and standard options, then walks them through blog setup, creating their profile, posting email, adding pictures and audio. She also covers adding widgets to a blog; tools for tracking Web traffic and following subscriber traffic; using color and customizing layouts; understanding template tags and using tags to categorize content; combating spam; understanding balance and deciding how many blog posts to have on the homepage; privacy issues; posting photos; blogging mobile; and more.

This is ideal entry point to the blogosphere for anyone who wants to get started fast, but doesn't need to know every feature--just how to get the project done!

About the Author

Elizabeth Castro has called herself a writer since the third grade. Although her bestselling guides to Web publishing, including all five editions of HTML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, have earned her the official title of computer book author, Blogger gives her a long-desired venue for writing about everything besides computers. You can check out her blog at http://www.pigsgourdsandwikis.com/.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, BUT Outdated (already) 26 Dec 2008
By PeaTee
Format:Paperback
Published in 2005, this book has, to an extent, become obsolete. In general the HTML hasn't changed, but during the last few years Blogger has updated its interface so what you see as an example in the book won't correspond 1-to-1 with what you'll see on today's Blogger pages.

Now if this doesn't intimidate you, then you might go ahead and consider this little book for a quick-look-see into how Blogger works. (I'd get it from the library though).

Here's the TOC so you can see what's covered.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Starting your blog
Writing your blog
Blogging from afar
Personalizing your blog
Telling others about yourself
Getting others to contribute
Hosting your blog yourself
Getting the word out
Appendix a: template tags
Index

Appearance of the material:

Nice format with enough color to keep it interesting. The font is large-ish so that I didn't have to wear me specs. In general, there's not alot of text which is something I appreciate. Ms. Castro gets down to business without a great deal of fluff.

The material is taught using the "screen shot" approach. This approach seems to work well for computer oriented learning.

My Impressions

While the screen shots of the menus no longer correspond with Blogger today I had no problem following what she was saying. I DO think it might be a problem for the true Newbie. If you are too timid to just throw yourself into Blogger and experiment, then this book will likely only succeed in confusing you.

To give an example, there is no Layout Tab in the book's Blogger examples.

Sooo, in my opinion the true residual use of the book is the html fixes that the author demonstrates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Publishing a blog with blogger. 28 July 2013
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The item arrived on time and in very good condition as it was put through my letterbox instead of leaving with others and left outside which I always like. This book I would recommend to others as it is simple to read and understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast And Easy Way To Become a Blogger 28 April 2005
By Diane Cipollo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A blog or weblog is a great way to get started on the web and Blogger.com from Google is one of the most popular software for creating weblogs. In her book, Elizabeth Castro assumes that this may be your first web project as she walks you through the basics for creating a blog at Blogger.com.

First, she gives you an overview of Blogger.com, what the software does, and why she chose it as the subject for her book. After she introduces you to the Blogger Dashboard (the control panel where all the work is done), Castro shows you how to open a Blogger account, give your weblog a name and choose a template. The template does all the work for you when creating your weblog pages. All you need is the content that you want to publish and the template places everything in the correct spot on the webpage. Castro does a great job explaining all of this with step-by-step instructions and lots of illustrations.

Once you have posted your first weblog entry, Castro moves on to more advanced Blogger features such as working with the template tags to customize the look of your blog, how to control the members and comments features, how to post an entry by email and how to use Audioblogger to post an entry via the telephone.

Now that you have your weblog ready for the public, Castro discusses hosting your blog through Blogger's BlogSpot hosting or on your own server. Finally, she shows the many ways to publicize your blog including email and site feeds.

Elizabeth Castro has written many other Visual QuickStart Guide books for Peachpit Press.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know to blog using Blogger 15 Jun 2006
By Manny Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been writing on my blog using Blogger since 2002, so I am very familiar with almost all the options it provides you with to get your word out there in the blogosphere. Yet, I was able to pick up numerous new things when I read this book by Elizabeth Castro. It goes from the very basics that you'd need in order to get off the ground, all the way to incorporating audio into your blog, blogging via e-mail/telephone, customizing your blog, hosting it yourself and much, much more. It's incredible the amount of useful information that the author was able to pack in a little over 100 pages.

As an experienced Blogger user I highly recommend this title (and of course, I recommend Blogger as a blogging platform).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Needs Updating 14 Dec 2006
By Gary W. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As others have attested, this is an excellent beginning guide. It is clear and easy to understand, in large part due to the screen shots and non-technical language. It is definitely an entry-level book.

What was lacking for me was that Blogger has just moved to a new version so the interface for editing much of the code in templates and other helps has changed. This will be a challenge for a relative beginner such as myself.

For just getting the basics, this is a great book, but keep in mind that there are changes to Blogger since it was printed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to Blog Really Fast 7 Sep 2005
By Nelda S. Mohr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought several books on blogging because I'm scheduled to teach a class about blogging at our library in late October. This little guide is the perfect teaching tool. Although it only covers one blog host, blogger.com, most of the information can be used with any host.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Beginning Bloggers 23 Mar 2007
By O. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
*****

This book is very visual, lots of fun, and easy to read and understand---in short, perfect for the beginning blogger. It is the exact opposite of a reference manual, and thus is very hands on. Note that this book is only for people who want to use Blogger, which is free, to publish their blog. If you don't know what you want to publish your blog with, you like the "free" part, and you're not a business, you probably will be very, very happy with Blogger. So this would definitely be the book for you.

It is only 127 pages, so it's not overwhelming to read. You can easily go through it over a weekend and get your blog up and running. If you have HTML or XHTML experience, you'll find lots of good things, too, so slightly more experienced bloggers may still pick up a few tips, like how to change their header on a template or how to syndicate their blog.

If you are a geek, you won't need this book. You'll just log onto Blogger and think it's "intuitive" and be able to do everything. However, if you're like me and get stuck a lot, even with so-called "intuitive" software, you'll love this book.

Even though this book was published in 2005, and yes, Blogger is in a new version, I haven't found any problems applying what is in the book. None at all. The new version of Blogger just does more things for you; everything in the book still needs to be done one way or another. So it's doesn't make the book dated as far as it's utility goes. If you're really a beginner (which is who this book is for) you might not even notice.

There are pictures throughout of what the screens look like, so instead of TELLING you what to do and letting you figure it out, the book SHOWS you what to do and you just follow along. It keeps things as simple as possible.

Highly recommended for beginning bloggers.

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