Friday, July 17, 2015

Blogging About Blogging, Part 3

Dear Teachers,

By now you may have read my first post with some encouragement on starting a blog, and my second post with some specific how-tos on using Blogger.  In this post, I'll walk you through getting your Twitter feed to appear on your blog.You'll be using three different browser tabs for this project: this one (so you have the directions), your blogger dashboard, and your Twitter account, so go ahead and get those other two tabs ready now.

Locate your blogger tab and (if you're not already logged in), log back in to with your Google credentials. Click the # posts link to get to your blogger dashboard.

Along the left side of the dashboard, you'll see a list of options. Click Layout.

In the Layout area, you can add, move, and remove certain components of your blog. For example, I could choose to move my Twitter feed above my bio area, or I could add a list of other people's blogs. To add your Twitter feed, you will need to get some information from your Twitter account. So now it's time to...

Click that third browser tab, (, and log in to your Twitter account. Click your picture (it will be an egg if you haven't added your picture yet) at the top right of the screen, then click Settings. Toward the bottom of the left column, click Widgets. Click Create new.

You will see a screen that looks like this. Click Create widget.

At the bottom of the screen, you'll see some possibly unfamiliar stuff in a box. Click anywhere in that box and press Ctrl+A to select all (everything in the box will become highlighted in blue), then Ctrl+C to copy that code.

Now return to the Blogger tab and navigate to the Layout page, if you're not already there. Click Add a Gadget in the area where you want your Twitter feed to appear.

Click HTML Java Script (you might have to scroll just a little to see that option).

Remember a few steps back where you pressed Ctrl+C to copy the code from the Twitter widget? That text is still on your clipboard. Click inside the Content area and press Ctrl+V to paste that code into the box. The title that you add will appear at the top of the Twitter feed on your blogger page. Click Save.

On your layout, you will see your newly-added Twitter gadget. You can move the gadget to a new location by clicking and dragging the shaded area on the left side of the gadget.

At the top right of your screen, click Preview to see what your blog will look like to your readers, and then Save Arrangement when you're ready to commit.

Voila! Now your blog readers can easily see what you're tweeting about!

I'll write again soon. Get to work on that blog! I can't wait to read what you have to say!



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