What I'm reading: Straight From the Hip, by Susan Mallery.
I recently hooked up with a group of authors working on promotion/visibility, and (as I am wont to do) assumed that if I knew how to do something, especially something technical, everyone else would. However, a lot of these authors are from the world of print, and slipping into the digital realm is new to them. Since I got a late start into writing, and I've written for several e-publishers, I've been learning this from the get-go.
Sharing sites and posts is a great way for readers to find you, and the sidebar options on Blogger allow lots of options (which they refer to as "Gadgets")
Since blogging has become almost a requirement of any publishing endeavor, and thinking that maybe there are a few of you out there who haven't played with all the features of blogging, I'm using today's post to show a step by step of how to create a Blog Roll if you're using Blogger/Blogspot as your site.
1. Log into your account and go to your Dashboard (where you'd go to add a new post.)
2. Click on "Design"
3. Depending on how your blog is laid out, you should see a column with a blue "Add Gadget" at the top. On my layout, it's on the far right. Click it.
4. Scroll down to the choice called "Blog List". Click it. It'll open a small window.
5. In the window, title your Blog Roll. I have two at the moment: Five Star Authors and Backlist Ebook Authors. (Take a minute to slide over to my sidebar, scroll down, and see what is displayed.)
6. Choose sort - I chose alphabetically, but you're free to do whatever you like.
7. Show "all blogs" so your whole list will be displayed.
8. Check the boxes you want to show. I have icon, title, and date of last update which gives enough info without taking up too much space.
9. Click where it says "Add a blog to your list." You'll get another popup window.
10. Enter the URL for the blog (make sure it's the complete URL starting with http://)
Note: easiest way to make sure you have it right is to go to that particular blog and copy the URL from the top window of your browser.
11. Click ADD.
12. Repeat if you have more blogs to add. When you're done, click SAVE.
13. You should be directed to the design page, and you can then drag the blogroll down to wherever you want it. They default to the top.
14. To add more at a later date, go back to your design page and find the box with the blogroll and click the edit box.
If anyone has anything to add, or how-tos for other blog hosting sites, feel free to mention and/or link in the comments. I'm clueless about any other system.