Friday, August 28, 2009

Blogger's new post editor

As I was working on a new chapter for my upcoming second edition of Publishing a blog with Blogger: Visual QuickStart Guide I happened to be wandering about the Settings area of my example blog (Go to your Dashboard, choose Settings | Basic and scroll down almost to the bottom.) And there was this option I'd never seen before: "Updated editor: Check out the latest features".

Blogger's new post editor

I checked the radio button, saved my settings, and went directly to write this post. The thing I like best is the little resize box in the bottom right corner of the window.

Blogger's resize button aft

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Labels in Blogger blogs viewed as a Cloud

Blogger Labels List If you viewed this blog last week, you would have seen a rather unwieldy, definitely endless list of labels like the one shown at left. Labels are Blogger's way of helping you categorize your blog posts so that readers can jump to an entire set of posts of interest. However, as the list gets longer, and disappears off the bottom of the screen, it also gets a lot less useful.

Of course, the first problem is that it's not easy to label your posts effectively in the heat of the moment. For example, I have a number of labels for the individual animals on our farm, where really it would probably be a lot more useful to have a single "animals" label. You can go back and edit your labels either at the Dashboard or by editing individual posts. I'll leave that up to you. 

Blogger, for its 10th anniversary, has been rolling out some lovely new features, including the ability to display a cloud of labels. This means that your labels will be shown in various sizes, depending on how often you've used them. It gives your readers a clear, visual way to see which topics you

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How to create a Flickr slideshow (on Blogger) of any set of photos you want

Or, how to customize Blogger's Slideshow gadget...

Or, how to add an RSS Feed to a Blogger Slideshow...

Oh you say, you can do that really easily by going to Flickr, setting up a set of photos and then choosing Slideshow, and then clicking Share. Poof, there's your embed code, no problem.

Hmm. But that doesn't fit in a Blogger sidebar. Nor does it start automatically. It's not nearly as nice as Blogger's Slideshow gadget.

So how do you get Blogger's Slideshow gadget to show only the photos from a particular Flickr set? Maybe you have

Friday, August 14, 2009

Using new fonts from Kernest on Blogger

Are you sick of Times and Helvetica? Not to mention Trebuchet, Gadget, Arial, and Courier? It seems crazy in this day and age where you can output a gorgeous print document with beautiful fonts that the Web still be limited to a very short list of fonts. Especially since CSS has been capable of handling many more fonts for more than 10 years. But font foundries were wary of setting their fonts free and browser companies like Microsoft, Netscape, and Apple couldn't quite agree on what font format to support.

Thankfully, not everyone has been waiting around to see what shakes out, and have taken matters into their own hands. One of these guys is Garrick Van Buren, a developer in

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