Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sharing a Blogger Blog Gets Easier

The folks at Blogger are really stepping up to the plate and making Blogger blogs even easier and more user friendly. I know that Word Press blogs are all the rage, but honestly I have had a harder time understanding it and am reluctant to switch over. Anyway, I found out about a new feature Blogger came out with and I have been meaning to share it for weeks.

At the top of your Blogger blog, there is a navigation bar that "Search Blog, Flag Blog, Follow Blog and Share." "Share" is the new feature I am "sharing" with you today.

Okay, first, below is a screen print of BBD, with the "Share" button circled and an arrow pointing to it. I do this so that everyone can see plainly what the heck I am talking about.

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If you click on that Share button, a little box will pop up and you can click on how you would like to share the blog you are visiting. The options are Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader. I like the Twitter option best, so that is what I am going to use for the tutorial. Below is a screen print of BBD and the Share box that pops up.

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So, now I am going to go share this post on Twitter so you can see how it works. The screen print below shows a screen print of my Twitter page. I added the "Simple tutorial on how to use Blogger's "share" button at..." the rest was what popped up when I clicked on Twitter in the share box.

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There are many times that I when I am blog hopping and I come across a really useful or funny post and I want to share it on Twitter. Before I used (LOVE that program and will share about it another time) but now I can just click on the Share option in the Blogger navigation bar and presto!

Hope this tutorial helps a few of you. Hey, maybe you can even "share" BBD on Twitter for me. That would be awesome! If you do, please @amandapadgett so I can see your tweet and share the love back for you too!

Now, I realize that it does squat for the WordPress users, and I promise I am going to try to figure out that platform so I can be of some use to you, I just have so little time for blogging lately that it will have to wait a while longer.


Dawn Farias said...

That was fun! Thanks for the tutorial.

Katie said...

Any hints on how to get that tool bar back if your template doesn't have it on?

Anonymous said...

I've done both Wordpress and Blogger...back and forth several times, but I've finally committed to Blogger. With Wordpress, you have to pay something like $15/year to be able to just tweak your CSS! I'm not certain whether you can even tweak the body of the blog, but I'm not sure about that. However, even if you can, you still have to pay to do that. With Blogger you can freely tweak away. And now that I know how to do navigation bars and extra 'pages' with Blogger, I don't know what else I would need.

Amanda said...

Dawn - thanks! I look forward to your post on some other cool new Blogger stuff.

Katie - you know, I was wondering the same thing. I have a free template from Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates for my Classical Conversations blog and I would like to add it back. I will investigate and let you know what I find out.

Shirley - thank you so much for sharing your experience! That makes me feel so much better for sticking with Blogger on my blogs.

Amanda said...

Here is how to add back the Blogger navbar if your template doesn't have it. Find the following code and delete it. Your navbar will come right back. Change the color of the navbar to best compliment your template.

#navbar-iframe { d
isplay: none

AmericanTribal said...

I never even noticed that Share button... thanks so much for the tutorial!

Ashley Welling said...

Thanks! I shared my site to facebook. It was so easy!

Anonymous said...

I've used both Blogger and Wordpress and definitely prefer Wordpress. Especially when making the leap to self hosting. So many more options, plugins, etc. I'd recommend setting up a blog on both sites, using the same name and playing around with both. Then you can see which works better. Both are good, but Wordpress seems to fit my needs better.

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