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Friday, 9 July 2010

Settings - Your 'in-flight' Control Panel

I don't visit the Help Forum as much as I used to. I got a little bit peeved with what seemed, at the time, to be the same old questions, ad nauseam. It appeared to me that bloggers found it a lot easier to ask a question of someone else, rather than search for an answer themselves, or to think.

I know, from memory, that starting out in the world of Blogger, or even, for that matter, using a computer, can be mind-boggling and even shattering to the confidence levels. That's normal in any new field, I think, but there are a few tips to help alleviate problems. I was lucky. I found a friend who was prepared to help me - but he always tested me by pointing me in the right direction to find out the answers for myself, to help myself, to evaluate situations with the available information at hand. He also got me into the Help Forum and showed me how to research, and learn. His guidance was extremely beneficial to me.

Other people have the same problems as you do, and their questions have, generally, been asked and answered before, at another time, by someone else. Finding those answers can be tricky, but searching Blogger Help will bring those answers to light. Also, learning about your blog, from your blog, will, too.

Don't get me wrong, bloggers of experience still ask questions, as do most novice bloggers I know of. It's a way of learning, but they try to find the answers first. Experienced bloggers still have confidence challenges, too. I'm sure everyone does, to some degree.

Blogger, itself, gives you everything you'll need, to create, 'run', and maintain your blog. They give you:

One of the above areas that I have spent a lot of time looking at, is the blog Settings. There are so many options available to you there. Questions can be answered there. Problems solved. Become familiar with your Settings, and you'll feel so much more confident. To employ a poor analogy, it's your 'in-flight Control Panel'.

For example, here's a question from the Help Forum, which should never have been asked:

The answer to this question lies in the Settings - Comments. If you don't want to allow people to comment on your blog, don't give them the opportunity - hide the function - Option 1 on the Settings - Comments screen.

You can also allow, or hide the Comments function, from the Design Screen - Configure Blog Post (Edit) option. You can also allow, or hide, comments for a particular post when you edit that post, see: - Post Options.

Here's another example of a question asked, when knowledge of Settings, would have averted it:

Here's a question from the Forum which could have been self-answered by looking in Blogger Help - Team Blogs. By becoming aware of what information is available, and where to find it:

Learning about your blog starts with YOU. Trust me, you'll save a lot of time - and worry - and boost your confidence, when you do.


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