Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Blogging 101 Part 2: Posting & Comments Tabs

Welcome to Blogging 101: Part 2! Today I am going over the Posting and Comments tabs. I did consider explaining all the tabs in one post, but that would make for a veeerrrry long post. (Have you checked out all the options under the Settings tab?!)

To get to your tabs: If you go to your blog URL, and sign in on the upper right hand corner, you will be able to log into your dashboard. Your dashboard will look something like this.

You will notice the different options you can click on.

If you click on New Post, Edit Post, Comments, Settings, Design, Monetize, or Stats, you will see some tabs on the upper left of the page. You will see that these tabs are labeled with the same names. You can see what tab you are on, and easily go to another tab if you'd like. You will also see View Blog to the right of the tabs, which you can always click on to view your live blog.

There are three options under the Posting tab: New Post, Edits Posts, and Edit Pages.

If you've gone over Part 1 HERE, you know all about the New Post option where you will go to make each new post.

If you go to Edit Posts, you will see a list of all the different posts you've previously made as well as any labels that you have made to categorize your posts.

1. Your post labels, click on one label and it will show all the posts with that label.
2. Type in a word to search and all the posts with that word will show up.
3. If you have selected a box for a post (shown as #8 on here) you can add a label to a post without actually going into the Edit mode. Select the post box you want to create a label for and scroll down here to select a label, or make a new label for it.
4. Quickly select All the posts or None of the posts.
5. You can narrow the posts shown by All, Drafts, Scheduled, Imported, or just Published.
6. If you want to view more posts, you can select a higher number here.
7. Go to older posts or the oldest posts.
8. Click on this box to select the post you want.
9. Go into Edit mode for this post.
10. This will take you to your actual post.
11. Click anywhere on the title or label, and it will show you a quick words only view of the post without taking you off of this screen.
12. Shows you whether this post has been posted yet (published), is in progress (draft), scheduled to post later, etc.
13.Click here to see the comments that go with this post.
14. This shows you when the post was or will be posted.
15. This shows you who created the post.
16. Click here to delete your post. It will ask you if you are sure you want to delete it, so don't fear if you accidently click here.

Your next option under the Posting tab is Edit Pages. This option is if you want to make a page for your blog that doesn't show up as a post, such as an About Page or a Contact Page. Blogger will also supply a menu bar with your page links to go wherever you'd like if you don't choose to link manually when you save your page. You can select where to put your menu bar under the Design Tab, which we'll get to later. I also wrote a post earlier that shows you how to make your pages as well as your own decorative buttons to link to your pages. You can find that post HERE.

Your Comments tab has only two options under it, Published and Spam.

 It's kind of like an email filter--if a comment is actually from a real commenter, it will go to your published section, or will go there after your approval if you've chosen to approve it before it is published (you can select to approve comments before they are published under the Settings tab). If it is not a legitimate comment, then it will go to your spam section. You can decide to delete comments, etc. in this Comments section. It is a place where you can quickly see if you have new comments on any post, old or new. The comments are listing with the most recent comments at the top.

Hope this helps all you beginners, and that you are all loving blogging!


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