As promised, today's post will be about something pretty - the visual look of your blog. This needs to be designed in the template and layout sections of your set-up menu. Today we'll put in the Header and Pages bar, and start on the side bar.
|Scroll down to template to play around with some options. Once you are happy with a preview, select and save it, then move onto layout.|
|Edit the Header - click on the blue Edit link|
|This new window will pop up.|
Blog Title - type in the wording that you wish to appear on your header.
Blog description - I left this blank but its a good idea to fill out on a public blog to tell visitors what your blog is about. You could maybe add your current favourite quote here :) Something to keep you motivated in the wee' hours.
Image - upload an image that you would like to see at the top of your blog. For an appraisal one, perhaps choose a photo of something that you are/were involved with or a contribution you made/make to your school. Even something that typifies who you are. I chose an image of the art mural that our teachers created for our school art show last year, during a staff workshop that I lead. I did re-jig it a little using the 'shake ur life' app on the iPad.
Select the placement radio-button of your preference.
|Back in Layout, find the Cross-Column and click Add a Gadget|
|Again a new window will pop up, locate Page Header and click the blue plus sign to add to your blog. Locate just beneath your header.|
|Now pop down to the sidebar in the layout and click - Add a Gadget.|
Search this Blog - you remember writing a post ut not sure when and now need to search for it
Blog Archives - orders all your posts in date order
Labels - word cloud of your labels. The more posts that you tag with a label, the larger that label becomes. That way you can see at a glance the areas you still need to do some work on
Arrange in an order that suits you, by drag and dropping.
I also added an HTML gadget which you can use to embed any code you like. I embedded the Vidster code which helps to show learning videos I make from my youtube channel. There is a you tube gadget but I found it was pulling other videos as well as my channel - not sure why so went with this route instead.
And the Image gadget to insert my photo.
Here are some front end screenshots:
|This is what Vidster looks like with the HTML gadget|
|This is what blog archives and labels word cloud look like - scroll down on this blog to see how these develop, the more you add. Also note how you can change their titles too.|
|This is what the search gadget and photo gadget look like|
Phew - turned out even more technical than yesterday, I think. Sorry guys :)
Just take it one element at a time. As long as its private - only you will know the mistakes you make and learn from.
Next time, add pages and how you might use them.
With love, as always
Thank you for visiting,