He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

(Proverbs 21:21 NASB)

The New Threat to Your Blog: Tutorial on Creating a Blog Button

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Blog & Social Media Tools

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Social media has become more and more something that is used daily for many reasons. I will admit, it was not in my plans to use these services and now that I've seen what they can do, I really don't mind them at all. Ido like to use services to stream line my activity. Getting my posts on facebook and twitter has been my main focus for using social media.

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A Journey From Blogger to WordPress

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I started my blog with Blogger over a year ago. I still am happy with that decision. As I have mentioned before, I do not regret starting with Blogger. It is an ultra easy platform to learn.

Something I don't think the "pros" factor into their advice is we all don't start out knowing everything about codes, hosting, etc. The platform you start with has to be comfortable. Not unlike your favorite pair of jeans. So, if you are starting out with a bit of a learning curve find a platform that is comfortable and easy to use. Especially if you don't have about a $150-350 just to get online. Preset platforms take out the guess work.

I had an idea, boy haven't we all heard that before? To put my plan into action I needed somewhere to start. To get an opportunity to test the waters and start a Free blog, WOW! Just to be online with the opportunity to have others see what I've written, to most people this is Great! What I am getting to here, we all have started blogs with an idea, dream, etc in mind. What happens if it doesn't work? Can you afford to lose a couple of hundred dollars? I couldn't.

For Christmas, I purchased my domain name from Blogger. I decided that I was going to treat myself for my one year blogoversary. When I looked at some of the options, Blogger was the best deal, again! The option to purchase a domain name is in the Settings/Publish  tab when you are in your dashboard.

These are the options you receive from Blogger with your purchase:

  1. One year domain registration for $10
  2. Private domain registration to protect against spam at no extra cost
  3. Full DNS control and domain mangagement
  4. Automatically configured to work with Google services
  5. Email, calendar, instant messaging, web pages and more also at no extra charge
Now that said, somethings to know and think about:
  1. The purchase price and extras were worth it for me. If I had purchased these from GoDaddy it would have cost me $17 - $25. I have purchased 2 domains, one from eNom and one from GoDaddy. (Yes, purchasing a domain through Blogger was cheaper than buying direct.)
  2. Are you planning on self hosting? If you are, you will need to make changes to your DNS. The best part, customer service for the web host will help you redirect and walk you through. Some hosting services will do it all for you as part of your plan.
  3. Do you plan to change platforms? I did not find any good info to really get an understanding of WP.org. My move was more abrupt than I wanted, but it is getting there. The hard part of learning WP.org is there are differences that I had not worked with in blogger. These differences are the "silver cloud" of WP.org. IMHO, it would have been too overwhelming to have started with WP.org having no real background in blogging before I started blogging.

When you go through the process of making a purchase, with Blogger, you will be asked if you want to purchase through eNom or GoDaddy. It is your choice, there is not difference in your control just a different control panel (cPanel).

I personally do not see any advantage or disadvantage with either one. You access your DNS panel through Google Apps. Google Apps is a service offered to anyone, schools, businesses, etc. to organize communication. You get a custom email address: [email protected]

Although Google Apps and Google Accounts allow you to access several of the same Google products, they're different types of accounts. A Google Account is a unified sign-in system that provides access to a variety of free Google consumer products -- such as Gmail, Google Groups, Google Shopping List, Picasa, Web History, iGoogle, and Google Checkout -- administered by Google. Google Apps provides access to products powered by Google but administered by a your organization.

Some things to think about:

  1. If you purchase through GoDaddy, you will have to call and have them Help you redirect your DNS IF you are changing to . It automatically directs you to Google sites.
  2. If you purchase through eNom, you will have to call and have them Help you redirect your nameserver. Since I host through GoDaddy I called them to get the redirect info, so call your hosting provider.
  3. I had too many (A)Host and had to get a walk through on redirecting and deleting some of it, with both purchases.
  4. You also have to change the CName.
  5. Don't be afraid to call, this is what Customer Service is for.
If you are hosting with GoDaddy Community Help section is one area to become acquainted. Web Hosting Definitions has a limited list, but accessible to anyone.
A (Host) -- A records (also known as host records) simply point a domain name or sub domain to an IP address.
CNAME (Alias) -- CNAME records (also known as alias records) point a subdomain to an already existing A (host) record so that the subdomain resolves to the appropriate IP address.

A (Host) -- A records (also known as host records) simply point a domain name or sub domain to an IP address.CNAME (Alias) -- CNAME records (also known as alias records) point a subdomain to an already existing A (host) record so that the subdomain resolves to the appropriate IP address.

I'm very happy with my choices. I hope this helps you make your decision making easier.

My next post in this series will be about moving my hosting from Blogger to GoDaddy.

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How To Create A Linky or Blog Hop Linky

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I haven't done but one other Writer's workshop at BloggyMoms, and I'm here to tell ya', they are fun to do.

This week is to write an instructional post to be added to the New How-To-Section on Bloggy Moms. I can share feeling of the new blogger trying to figure out how in the world do these bloggers do all these things. Scouring google trying to find out how to do all sorts of things.



How To Create A Linky or Blog Hop Linky

It is not very hard to do, but it can look overwhelming if you are just starting a blog. The Linky lists have been used for many things. I have used a linky for prayer request, prayer button and a blog hop linky's on my blog.

1. Go to Linky Tools and create an acct.

2.I believe it will put you at your dashboard, if not go there, these should be a link. This is what mine looks like.

3. Click on the menu with the green arrow "Create A New Linky". I chose the "Basic" because the thumbnails can make page loads long. If people are in a hurry they will give up. I'm guilty of that myself.

4. This is the next screen. Fill in the appropriate info.

5. Put the end date and time to 1:00am the following day. For an end date of Oct 23rd. Set the end date to stop the linky at 1am on the 24th. Then, click to continue to dashboard.

6. When you get here, you want to "Edit"

7. Next, you want to make it a Blog Hop.

Make sure all the info is correct. Check the box that says, "Is this a Blog Hop?" this will make the entry list sharable and will open a link on your post so people can add it to theirs is they choose.

8. Click on the update link on the bottom and it will bring you back to your dashboard.

9. If you have done it right it will look like "Blog Hop Realized Blessings" on mine.

10. Click on the the blue "Get Code" link. Copy and Paste to your post.

CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU'VE CREATED A LINKY!!

I hope this helps. If you would like to join in on the blog hop, it runs Friday and Saturday. There will be Guest Host Blogs and you can always find it on my blog, Just Another Day In Paradise
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