Although the Compose bar is designed to save you from writing HTML, it is perfectly fine to type HTML tags right in there; you don't have to switch to the Edit HTML mode. If you do switch to Edit HTML mode, you'll notice the HTML code stays intact. But when you switch back to Compose, the HTML code will be displayed as if it were in a browser.
One reason you might want to write your own HTML (apart from being a control freak) is that the Compose bar only offers a limited set of formatting options. But you can type any HTML you want manually. My bestselling HTML for the World Wide Web, Fifth Edition, with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide is a good resource, if I do say so myself. :)
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You can also resize a picture right in the Compose bar. To get the photo to appear, click the Preview button and then click Hide Preview to get back to the Compose bar. You should now see the photo. Click it. Drag the handles on its corners to resize. That said, if you need to resize the photo significantly, doing it with a graphics program saves bandwidthwhich means it will load faster.
Almost all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) include some amount of Web hosting with your account. This means you probably already have a certain amount of space on your ISP's servers where you can store your photos and then link to them from your blog. Consult your ISP's online help files for more details.
While you can link to photos that are on other servers besides your own, you'll need to get permission to insert photos from sites that do not belong to you.
Photo archive services like hello and flickr can store your photos and then automate the process of resizing, uploading, and writing the code for them on your blog. They can be a good option if you don't have sufficient Web space of your own or if you don't feel comfortable uploading pictures to that Web space. But they have their own setup processes which can be as complicated as simply doing it yourself. In addition, they require that you add a link on your blog back to their site.
Blogger has an upload image/file icon on the Compose bar. However, it only works if you are hosting your blog on your own server, as described in Chapter 7. In that case, it facilitates uploading the picture and writing the code.