Starting

 Step 2

 Working with youe blog

1 Create a blog

To start a blog with Blogger, visit the Blogger homepage, enter your username and password, and click Sign in. Enter a display name and accept Blogger's Terms of Service. Then click the Create a Blog link and get started!
Pick an address (URL) and a blog title. Then, choose your favorite blog template (this is how your blog will look when you publish it). Now get creative, add information to your personal profile, and customize how your blog looks, if you feel up to it. Start blogging now!

Dashboard

Your Dashboard, as always, is your starting point. This is where all your blogs are listed, and you can click on the icons next to them to perform various actions on each blog, such as:
  • Writing a new post: Just click on the orange Pencil icon on your Dashboard to access the Post Editor.
  • Viewing your posts: The gray Post List icon will take you to a list of your published and drafted posts for a specific blog.
  • Catching up on your favorite blogs: Below the list of your own blogs, you’ll see a list of the blogs you follow with an excerpt from their latest posts.
  • Everything else: Check out the drop-down menu next to the Post List icon for a quick link to:
    • Overview
    • Posts
    • Pages
    • Comments
    • Stats
    • Earnings
    • Layout
    • Template
    • Settings
Note that the Earnings tab will only show if AdSense supports your language.

Overview

Overview
On the Overview tab, you can see your blog’s activity, news and tips from the Blogger team, and recent Blogs of Note.

Write your post

Once you've signed in to Blogger, you'll see your dashboard with your list of blogs. Here's what you need to do:
  1. Click the orange pencil icon to write a new post, and enter anything you want to share with the world.
  2. Next, you'll see the Post Editor page. Start by giving your post a title (optional), then enter the post itself:
    New post
  3. When you're done, click the Preview button at the top to make sure it's ready to go, and then click the Publish button to publish your post.

Add an image

You can add an image from your computer or the Web to your blog. Click the image icon in the Post Editor toolbar. A window appears prompting you to browse for an image file on your computer, or enter the URL of an image on the Web.
Once you've selected your image, you can then choose a layout to determine how your image will appear in your post:
  • The 'Left', 'Center', and 'Right' options allow you to customize the way your blog text will flow around your image.
  • The 'Image size' options will determine how large the image will appear within your post.
Click UPLOAD IMAGES to add your image, and then click DONE when the notification window appears telling you that 'Your image has been added.' Blogger will then return you to the post editor, where you'll see your image ready to be published to your blog.
You can also publish images to your blog using your mobile device, Google's free photo software Picasa, or a third-party service like flickr.

Add a video

To add a video to your blog post, click the film strip icon in the Post Editor toolbar above where you compose your blog text. A window appears prompting you to 'Add a video to your blog post.'
Click Browse to select the video file from your computer that you'd like to upload. Note that Blogger accepts AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, Real and Windows Media files and that your video must be less than 100MB in size.
Before uploading your video, add a title in the 'Video Title' box and agree to the Terms and Conditions (you'll only have to do this the first time that you upload a video with Blogger). Then click UPLOAD VIDEO.
While your video uploads, you'll see a placeholder in the post editor showing where your video will appear. You'll also see a status message below the post editor letting you know that your upload is in progress. Depending on the size of your video, this usually takes about five minutes. When it is complete, your video will appear in the post editor.

Customize

Your template is a fun way to customize your blog. When creating a new blog, you're first asked to choose a default template, this is the basic design of your blog. You can choose from many templates for your blog; simply pick the one that best fits your needs.
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 Once on the Template tab, you can either click on the orange Customize button to get started with our easy-to-use WYSIWYG (“What you see is what you get”) template designer, or choose one of our many default templates. If you’d like to edit the HTML of your blog, just click the gray Edit HTML button.
In addition, you can customize your blog's design using our intuitive drag-and-drop interface. You can also add powerful gadgets such as slideshows, user polls, or even AdSense ads. If you want more precise control over your blog's layout, you can also use the Edit HTML feature. To edit your blog's layout, follow these steps:
  1. Click Layout from the drop-down menu on your dashboard below the blog you would like to customize.
  2. From there, click Edit to edit existing gadgets, or Add a Gadget to add new ones.
  3. To add a new gadget after you've clicked Add a Gadget, simply click the plus sign next to your desired gadget. You can choose from gadgets by category, or search for a specific gadget in the top right of the pop-up window.
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  5. Once you've added the necessary information to your selected gadget, click the orange Save arrangement button. Your layout changes will appear instantly.

Privacy and permissions

By default, your blog is completely public, and can be read by anyone on the internet. However, if you want to keep it private, you can do that, too. You can change these settings on the Settings | Basic tab.
Permissions and Privacy
  1. Under the 'Blog Readers' section, you'll probably see 'Anybody' selected as the default. When you change this to 'Only these readers,' you'll get an Add Readers button.
  2. Click the Add Readers button and then enter the email address of a person to whom you'd like to grant access to your blog. To add multiple people, separate their addresses with commas.
  3. For each address entered, the Google Account associated with that address will be given access to view your blog. If an address is not associated with an account, that person will receive an invitation email with a link allowing them do one of three things:
    • Sign in to an existing account.
    • Create a new account.
    • View your blog as a guest (no account required).
     
Resource https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1623800?hl=el




2 Blogger Template Designer

Blogger Template Designer is a new way for you to easily customize the look of your blog. You can select a variety of templates, images, colors, and column layouts to make your blog an expression of you. To get to the Template Designer, just click on the drop-down menu of the gray Post List icon, and select Template. From there, you'll be able to choose and customize your template.
As you play around with the Template Designer, you’ll see a preview of how the blog will appear based on the choices you’ve made, which you can expand to by pressing the toggle to Expand Preview between the Blogger Template Designer dashboard and the preview. When you’re satisfied with the look of your blog, you can make them go live by pressing Apply to Blog in the top right hand corner of the Template Designer.
To get started with Blogger Template Designer, select a template for your blog from one of the professionally designed templates that are available. Each template appears as a large thumbnail that when clicked will show different variations on the template below that you can select by clicking on them. Note that clicking a new template will erase any customizations you’ve made on a previous template.
Once you’ve chosen a template, you can continue customizing the look of your blog.
 
 No matter what template you are previewing in Template Designer, you can always see what is currently live on your blog by looking at the Live on Blog thumbnail in the Template Designer control panel. You can also click on it to reset the template in the Template Designer to the live version of your blog.

Background

Even though you’ve chosen a template, you can still change the way that it looks. Using Blogger Template Designer, you can choose the background color or image for your blog and then play with the color scheme. To start customizing your background, click on the thumbnail under Background Image.
One of the best new features of Template Designer is the ability to change the color of your background image. This is possible when a background image has transparency. You can tell that a background image is transparent because it has a checkerboard in the top right hand corner of the image.
Once you’ve selected your image, you can change the color of the background by clicking on Main Color Theme and then selecting the color of your choice.
You can only change the color of your background if the background is transparent. Also, if the template that you chose has a grey background, you cannot change its color.
In addition to selecting and personalizing your blog’s background image, you can also choose a color theme to apply to aspects of your blog, including text and links. You can do this by playing with the Main Color Theme or by choosing one of our Suggested Themes. Changing the color theme of your blog will change the colors for all aspects of the blog template that can be changed.
Note: If background image is not transparent, themes will alter the text color scheme of the blog
For information on uploading your own custom background image, please see our article on adding custom CSS to your blog.

Layout

You can choose a variety of layout options for your blog, from one to three columns. These layouts feature drag and drop functionality for gadgets. You will also have a variety of layout options for the blog footer as well.
 
 If you want to add or remove gadgets or edit gadget settings, you cannot do this through Blogger Template Designer. Rather, you have to do this on the general Layout tab.

Adjust Width

You can change the width of the blog, and the right and left columns by dragging the slider for the different parts of blog layout. Note that the options you see here correspond to the type of layout that you chose. If, for example, you chose a blog with left and right columns, you will see both left and right column sliders. If, however, you chose a blog with only a left column, you will only see that option here.







  Posting & Editing



Create a New Blog on Google BloggerVideo


Resource https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIdotClgXY
Resource https://support.google.com

!!! UPDATE !!!

Dynamic Views

Blogger now offers seven new ways to experience your favorite blogs.
  • Classic: A modern twist on a traditional template
  • Flipcard: Photos tiled across the page
  • Magazine: A clean, elegant editorial style layout
  • Mosaic: A mosaic mix of different sized images and text
  • Sidebar: An email inbox-like view with a reading page for quick scrolling and browsing
  • Snapshot: An interactive pinboard of your posts
  • Timeslide: A horizontal view of your posts by time period
Dynamic Views make it easier to read your favorite blogs. Better yet, they make it easy to discover posts written long ago that you may not have read.
Blog authors can now configure their blog to display Dynamic Views, and select a default view that best displays the type of posts on their blog. To experience a blog in view other than the default, you can simply select another view style from the toolbar, which, in some views, collapses into a thin line as you scroll. For the toolbar to reappear, simply hover your mouse over the line.
If the blog you’re reading has Pages enabled, the options will appear in a drop-down menu like the one in the image below.
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If the author uses a traditional Blogger template, you can still explore the blog using Dynamic Views by adding “/view/” and then the view name to the URL. For example, to view buzz.blogger.com in the Mosaic view, simply change the URL in the address bar to buzz.blogger.com/view/mosaic.
Since Dynamic Views uses the latest software technology, they require the latest version of the most popular browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 3.5+, Chrome or Safari. In all views, search is available in the upper right hand corner.

Classic

flipcard
  • Infinite scrolling replaces the “Older posts” link.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly jump between posts. You can navigate through the posts using J (older post) and K (newer post) or the arrow keys.
  • Posts will continue to load as you scroll.

Flipcard

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  • Run your mouse over any of the cards to see the post title and comment count. As you scroll down, additional posts will continue to load.
  • Click on a card to see the post in full view. You can navigate through the posts using J (older post) and K (newer post) or the arrow keys.
  • Hit escape or click Back to all posts to return to the Flipcard view. In the upper left, click to sort by RecentDate,Author and Category.

Magazine

flipcard
  • Run your mouse over the top (most recent) blog to show highlighting and comments bubble animation.
  • Select “X” to close and return to the default view.

Mosaic

mosaic
  • Clicking on an individual tile will expand that post to the full width of the view, and clicking again will collapse the post back into its original position.
  • The exact position of the tiles is randomly determined each time the blog loads, but they will appear chronologically from top left to bottom right.
  • Once a tile is expanded, you can page down by using the "up" and "down" arrow keys as well as J and K.
  • This view is optimized for the tablet viewing, and supports screen rotation.

Sidebar

sidebar
  • Left sidebar is list of chronological posts, with comment counts and thumbnails for individual posts.
  • and arrow keys will navigate through the posts.

Snapshot

snapshot
  • This view will display only the posts which have images.
  • Clicking through any photo will display the full post page, with navigation links at the bottom for Newer and Older posts.
  • Run your mouse over any photo to display a post snippet.

Timeslide

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  • This view breaks the blog content down into three different areas:
    • Left column: Enlarged picture with a post snippet, title, and snipppet displayed in chronological order
    • Middle column: Displays just the post title and snippet
    • Right column: Displays just the individual post titles