- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (November 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321637526
- ISBN-13: 978-0321637529
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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.
—why pay more than you need?
This is ideal entry point to the blogosphere for anyone who wants to get started fast, but doesn't need to know every feature
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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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.
I truly respect Ms. Castro's talents as a writer and teacher. Her books on HTML, XHTML, and CSS (for example HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition (Visual Quickstart Guide)) have saved me much time and grief over the years. However, much of the still useful information in this book could just as well be found in the Blogger Help pages.
Still, if you need a little hand holding to get started I highly recommend "Publishing a Blog with Blogger."
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
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
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.
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. She shows, for example, how to rename "Archives" as "File Cabinet" in edit mode; and also how to change the look of the header, changing the padding and altering the color to exactly what you want.
As an experienced Blogger user I highly recommend this title (and of course, I recommend Blogger as a blogging platform).
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.