IN THIS CHAPTER:
1 Creating Your Blogger Account
2 Naming Your Blog
3 Using Blogger with Third-Party Hosting
4 Logging In to Blogger and Navigating the Dashboard
5 Selecting a New Template
6 Configuring Basic Blogger Settings
7 Using Blogger's Publishing Settings
8 Working with Blogger's Formatting Settings
9 Configuring Blogger's Comments Settings
10 Setting up Blogger Archives
11 Enabling and Publishing Site Feeds
12 Configuring Blogger's Email Settings
13 Setting Up Groups and Members in Blogger
14 Modifying Your Blogger Profile
The topics in this chapter are all about setting up your new blog and working with the basic configuration settings provided by the Blogger platform. Absolutely no programming, system administration, or web design skills are requiredthe good folks at Blogger have created a painless, World Wide Webbased interface for getting started in the world of blogging.
One of the best features of working with Blogger is the ability to change configuration settings and have these settings apply immediately after republishing your blog. These settings range from simply adding the Email Post icon and functionality to all your blog posts to changing the entire look and feel of your blog by selecting a new template. For instance, in only a few mouse clicks, your blog can go from pastel to primary colors and back again. If you don't like your template, try something new! Dissatisfied with your archive configuration? Change it! If you decide you want to take down a post you've already published, you can either delete it or put it in Draft mode and save the text for another day.
Before you can configure your new blog, you have to create a Blogger accountthat's where this journey begins.