Monday, July 29, 2013


Today’s post is a challenge: A free Blogger website/blog in ten minutes. Do-able? Absolutely! Blogger is one of the best choices for a novice webpage developer and you can up and posting in an hour. Note: whenever possible use your pen name to build your brand.

 If you are not signed up for Blogger that will be your first task (and it doesn’t count on my ten minutes). Blogger is owned by Google and you will need to sign up for an account here-  - like this:

Click the Get Started link under the Don’t Have an Account section,
Enter your PUBLIC email address (Gmail if you have it),
Enter and reenter a password (use at least one number or symbol to avoid hacking),
Enter your PUBLIC name, gender, and birthdate,
Opt in or out for Blogger info (I skip phone number requests),
Enter the letters in the Word Verification field, ACCEPT the Terms,
Click CONTINUE and you’re done!!
You now have a Google Blogger account and Google email address, if you didn't have one already.
 Ready to set up a Blogger website/blog in under 10 minutes?

                Return to the Blogger Home Page (Confirm your profile if asked–Click Continue to Blogger)
                Click NEW BLOG button
                Enter your Title that will appear at the top of your blog (It can be your name or whatever.)
                Enter an address. If you’re an author and it’s available use your pen name.
                Under Template click SIMPLE (For now. You can change later.)
                Hit CREATE BLOG
                You now have a blog in less than 10 minutes. YAY!!!!!

Want to take less than 15 minutes more for your first post?

Click VIEW BLOG which brings you to your empty blog page.
Click DESIGN in the upper right corner
Under the SIMPLE Category, Click one of the designs that you like
When the sample blog comes up LIVE ON BLOG, go to the top left and Click VIEW BLOG 
                Click NEW POST in the upper right hand corner.
                Enter a title for your post beside POST
                Click in the text area below and type your message and add your signature.
                Click Save in the right hand corner.
                Click Label, type in your name with important words separated by commas, Click DONE
                Click SCHEDULE (click AUTOMATIC for immediate post  OR SET DATE AND TIME for a later post, then click DONE)
                Click PREVIEW to see how your post will look, then close the window.
                Click PUBLISH when you’re done
                Click VIEW BLOG on the left side to see the final result.

                FOR BEST RESULTS, create a second Blog to practice with. The bar over the text page works like Word. You can create links by highlighting what you want to link, then clicking LINK and typing in the address. You can also insert images by clicking the image icon which will prompt you for an address for your image. You can hit BROWSE and it will take you to your computer's pics (or Picasa or phone or webcam) and you can select the one you want. THEN, click on the image you want to insert, then click ADD. Once it’s in your blog you can click on the image to size or position it.

Let me know how this works for you. I’d love to see your webpage. Practice for the next month and then we’ll take it to the next level to create a webpage presence you can be proud of.    

‘Til then,

"Search & Rescue" Secret Cravings Publishing, July, 2013
"Her Teddy Bare" Carnal Passions, May, 2013
"The Aegis" Champagne Books, April, 2013
"Nimue's Daughter," Shared Whispers, Champagne Books, September, 2013
"Finding Eve" Champagne Books, September, 2013
"Into the Lyons' Den" Champagne Books, August, 2012
"His Desire" Siren BookStrand, May, 2012
"His Obsession" Siren BookStrand, April, 2012


Unknown said...

Nice post Rita. Course you're helping the competition (g)

Michael Davis (
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Neat. I have Joomlar (t?)formatting for my Web site. My Web master has turned me loose with instructions on how to get into the "Back end" not the "back door."

Now the question is, should I post blogs on the site article section or get a blogger site as well?

Rita Bay said...

Thank you, Mike. It's difficult for authors to set up and maintain a website. For some, it's cost prohibitive; for others, the tech knowledge is just not there. Blogger which YOU introduced to me, can resolve both issues. Imagine signing a contract, then being told you must maintain a website. R

Rita Bay said...

Won't touch that first comment, Julie. If you have a blog section on your website, you should use it if it has a section to insert key search words to attract readers.
I plan a blog next month about why you have a webpage - to market yourself and your books. THere's a lot to consider. Rita

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Thanks, Rita. I'll await h next issue (ing).

joyce said...

Thanks for the info. I love technical things to be simple. As you may have read in a previous TVW blog, I've been thinking of setting up a blog. I'll try this out. Joyce

Rita Bay said...

You're welcome, Joyce. I promise it is easy. I'm in several author groups and I've noticed many questions/concerns from other authors who need a blog/website The cost of establishing and maintaining a web presence is always a concern. Hard to beat FREE. Rita

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This is very useful Rita. I love the way you have explained. It is very clear and easy to understand.

Jude Johnson said...

Well done, Rita. The hardest part for me is keeping a regular schedule of posts.

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