- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,609,979 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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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."
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.
However, this book on using Google Blooger dates from 2005 and is seriously outdated. The newcomer will be much better served by Google Blogger For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))which has just been released.
Blogger's interface has changed considerably since the time Castro's book was published and a newcomer might not be able to easily understand the differences. "Google Blogger for Dummies" also offers somewhat more depth.
"Publishing a Blog with Blogger" was good for its time, but its time is past.
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.