Introducing Techno Tuesdays!
Since I started learning how to customise my blog design I've learned sooooooo much! As a designer, my technical skills have always let me down and prior to starting this blog I had never been anywhere near HTML or CSS or any of that crazy stuff. But I decided with this blog I would learn as I went. Until recently I was getting along quite nicely with my simple Blogger template. But of course, I got restless. I got bored. I wanted to know more and I wanted my blog to be bigger and better and more awesome all the time. I'm not a perfectionist, but I hate stagnation with a passion. My theory in life is, if you don't know which direction to go in, choose one at random and go forth rather than waiting around to see what might be the best way. I guess you could say I'm impatient and nothing irritates me more than inaction.
So. I decided it was time to learn how to design blogs. I've done loads of research, read hundreds of tutorials, had a few teary phone calls to certain technologically-gifted friends and made a gazillion notes. My blog redesign is still a work in progress but I thought it would be good to share some of what I've learned with you guys.
I get the feeling many of you are like me, which is probably why you're here... you're into art and craft and adventures and all that good stuff but perhaps not very 'technical'. I'd like to think we kind of 'get' each other. Or maybe not. But either way, you're here (yay!) and whether you're interested or not I'm going to share my new found 'bloggess' wisdom with you. That's right - I am well on my way to becoming a bonafide, self-declared Bloggess! And so are you! Trust me. It's going to start real basic (sorry, but I'm going to assume you're as clueless as I was in the beginning!) and each week I'll share another tip, tutorial or incredible piece of advice that I've learned along my blogging journey.
Anyway, let's get started - a quick one for today...
Do you have a contact page?
I think it's really important that there's an easy way for a reader to contact you directly if they want to but I only recently set this up on my blog. And it's really easy to do!
1. Go to Kontactr and sign up. It's free and will take about a minute - just make sure you sign up with the email address you want your messages to come to. The great thing about Kontactr is contact forms is ALL it does. So it's super easy to use.
2. Once you log into your account, you'll get taken straight to a page with some code. It'll look something like this:
4. Now open your Blogger dashboard and select the Pages tab in the menu. Click to add a new page and a blank page template will come up. Write the name of the page at the top in Page Title - this will be what shows in your tab so best to keep it simple and just use Contact.
5. It's not necessary but I think it's nice to write something here. See mine for an example but write whatever you like - just be you as that's why people are on your blog in the first place!
6. Now comes the fun bit. Back on the Kontactr site, select and copy the code in the box labelled AJAX Widget.
7. Back in your Blogger page, select HTML (on the top left of the toolbar) and you'll see something like this:
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">
You can contact me with this form. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks x<div>
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8. Put your cursor at the end of the code, hit return, then paste the code you copied from the Kontactr site.
9. Click on Save, then Preview to make sure it looks right. You can go back and change the text or put in more returns if you want to space things out a little more. It's up to you.
10. When you're happy with the preview, click on publish and voila! You now have a contact page!
Did it work? Please let me know if you have any problems - this is the first time I've shared any kind of technical tips so I'd love your feedback if you found it helpful or confusing! Thanks!