Have you ever wondered where all your photographs go after you upload them into your post? Well they reside in a new home set up for them by Blogger and you might not even know it exists! When you create an account with Google or Blogger you are given access to
Picasa Web Albums. Picasa Web Albums are free online photo albums provided by Google and where Blogger stores your pictures for you. Once a photo is uploaded onto a Blogger blog, it is given a new home in a web album. This is where the picture in your blog post lives. If you were to remove this picture from that album that picture would disappear from your blog post! You can see all of the pictures in your blog album by going to your Blogger Dashboard. On your Dashboard scroll to the bottom and under Tools and Resources you will see an option to select Picasa Web Albums. Here you will find albums set up for your blog that contain your pictures. Once pictures are uploaded to your blog you can return to these albums and select pictures from there. This is where you will find your blog headers, blog graphics you use regularly, etc.
To select a picture from a Picasa Web Album, follow the instructions above except instead of choosing Upload, choose the From Picasa Web Albums option. This will show you all of the albums located in your Picasa account. Following the instructions above choose the picture you want from your Picasa album and place in your post. You can also choose the option From this blog which will let you choose from any pictures that you have ever loaded into posts. Is there a difference? Yes. Because you can upload any pictures you want into your Picasa Album straight from your computer. You can also edit photos in Picasa using their editing program called Picnik. These photos can stay there until you need them for a post or for your blog. This is where we place all of our pictures for sidebars, advertisement, sponsors etc. As well as our generic graphics (such as my Blogging 101 graphic) and we then edit them as we need them for the blog. From this blog is strictly pictures that currently are in blog posts, this is handy if there is a picture from a former post you want to use in your current post. Usually, we just select pictures from our web album. Now that you know more about your Picasa account, your homework assignment for next week is to play around in it a little and become familiar with it.
I want to take one additional moment to answer a question that was asked by several readers last week. How did we get the Label List at the top of our blog under our header. This is a super easy quick tip for you! Go to your Dashboard. Select Design. Select Add and Arrange Page Elements. If you already have a label gadget located in your sidebar, just grab it and drag it up under your Header. Our is located under our Header and under our Pages gadget. If you don’t have the Labels gadget already located on your blog, Choose Add A Gadget. Choose the Label Gadget. It will then give you the option of choosing to have all labels displayed or selected labels. We only display our most relevant ones. If you have tons of labels (and you shouldn’t) then make sure to choose no more than will fit on one row along the top. Once you select Save, it automatically appears at the top of your sidebar.
Grab it and drag it to the top. It should look like this:
You can then Preview your blog and make sure you like how it looks! And that’s it! Every time you add a new label, you will need to decide if it is one that should be added to your Label Header. This is a great way to create clickable links on your blog to popular topics. You can also place an label list in your sidebar that includes all of your labels. We have this as a Label Cloud but have titled it Categories. Label Lists, are one of the gadgets that you can have several of on your blog. I wouldn’t recommend having more than one in your header and one on your sidebar though.
I know this is quite a bit of information to digest. The technical side of blogging isn’t always as fun as the creative side (except if you’re a blog geek like me..grin) but it is often what makes our blogs great blogs instead of ho-hum blogs! If you are new to our Blogging 101 Series you can visit the other installments by clicking on the Blogging 101 link in our sidebar. Stay tuned next week to Part 2 of our Photo Series!