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Friday, December 2, 2011

Settings Every Blogger User Should Know

This is a post I had simmering in the back of my mind for a while until this morning when someone asked how I was able to publish posts so quickly. The truth is that while sometimes I do write a bunch of posts in quick succession, I often use the scheduling tool in Blogger to publish posts. I use the scheduling tool when I know I will be away from my computer or think that I won't have time to write on a particular day. For example, this coming weekend I'll be home but I have a lot of things to do that will keep me from writing new blog posts so I've already written and scheduled posts that will appear live on Sunday.

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How to schedule posts:
In the new Blogger interface.

In the old Blogger interface.

How to prevent publishing your email address in RSS feeds:
I often see Blogger users publishing their email addresses in RSS feeds. I even did it for a while when I started this blog. The problem with doing that is that you'll end up with spam of a quantity you never imagined was possible. Here's how to prevent publishing your email address.

How to insert an RSS feed footer message:
If you read this blog in RSS you may have noticed that I recently started publishing this line at the bottom of every post, This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. I started doing that because my RSS feed is often picked up and republished by other blogs (some well-meaning and some not so much). Posting that line provides a link back to me and provides attribution in the cases in which people don't give any attribution to me.

In the new Blogger interface.

In the old Blogger interface.

How to moderate comments:
Especially if you're using Blogger in your classroom you want to turn on comment moderation in order to prevent inappropriate comments from appearing on your blog.

In the new Blogger interface.

In the old Blogger interface.

How to add authors to your blog:
If you would like to have multiple authors on your blog, this is how to do it.

In the new Blogger interface.

In the old Blogger interface.

How to back-up your Blogger blog.
For the old Blogger interface I have directions for doing this here.

In the new Blogger interface, follow these two steps.