Introduction to Blogging from a Technical Point of View

If you would like to get into blogging it’s not actually all that complicated. Most of the world seems to be blogging these days and if they can do it, well then you can too!

There are several different blogging providers, but we’ll just narrow it down to the most popular ones in this article. The largest three blog services are Blogger, Wordpress and Typepad. If you know how to use a computer and surf the internet, then you will be able to handle setting up a blog without a problem. These are mostly free blogs or have a minimal charge.

Blogger, which was bought up by Google awhile back, is usually the first choice. All you have to do is register with a valid email address and it leads you through a step by step process on how to make entries, how to upload photos, movies, place ads on your website, etc. Wordpress has the same concept that Blogger and Typepad have, with a different look and feel. Typepad seems to be the trendy way to go nowadays, but they charge a minimal fee. Especially professionals and small businesses seem to prefer Typepad, which is very user-friendly and has an abundance of features. So, basically, just register and you’re good to go!

All three of these platforms allow you to make your blog on a 3rd level domain. Blogger and Wordpress are free, Typepad has a membership fees on three different levels. The domain would then look like your-scrapbooking-blog.wordpress.com. If you would rather have the blog running off your own domain, such as your-scrapbooking-blog.com using all of the benefits of a preinstalled blog, then it’s yours for a small fee. If it’s for your own use, you might just want to stick to the 3rd level domain. If you want to use it for business purposes, then it may look more professional to use your own domain.

There are so many different features on blogs, such as implementing your own designed banner or using a ready-made template provided by the blog provider for free, using static pages, placing google ads, music and other little cool widgets such as clocks, blinkies, galleries, flickr links, calendars, links, you name it and they’ve probably got it.

Each platform has a variety of templates and themes you can use with various formats, colors and subjects. You don’t have to necessarily use the ones by the provider. If you google, then you can find a ton of free templates made by free-lance designers.

So, you see, it really is not that difficult to create your own blog and play with it. If there are any special features you’d like, you’ll always find help in the blog forum or just google it.

So, go forth and blog! It’s so incredibly easy you won’t believe it!

 

New website to help Scrappers with their blogging needs

Introducing http://www.scrapblogging.net, the new information site to give scrapbookers some insight into the topic of blogging. There are many scrappers out there that are getting into blogging as it does seem to have the benefits of sharing their layouts, communication to family and friends or for keeping a regular journal for future reference when scrapbooking.

In any case, blogging actually started out as a “geeky” type thing to do, but quickly became very popular in a big way, especially when Google bought it up. It still can be technically a bit challenging for some people wanting to get into blogging. Since there are so many scrappers out there that would like to blog and some of them may not know where to begin or how to implement certain things, we’ve created the new website http://www.scrapblogging.net to aid bloggers in finding what they’re looking for or how to implement certain features.

There are a number of features that scrappers may want to consider, such as an fitting banner or template, whether or not they would like to plan static pages, have google ads, music and other little cool widgets on their blog. There are so many things that can be done with blogs these days. Blogs are even used by businesses for internal communication.

But let’s get back to the scrappers. We are here to help answer questions, make reviews on various blogging providers or widgets and to give advice where needed. Scrappers will have one great comprehensive location to go to for information about blogging and that’s at www.scrapblogging.net.

 

The Benefits of Blogging for Scrapbookers

Blogging has become a very popular way of communication within the past few years. While it used to be something that techy geeks would do, it’s become a way of life in the meantime. People blog for various reasons, being that they have a particular topic they would like to discuss, such as politics, sports, music, hobbies or themselves. There seems to be a blog for just about any subject.

Even scrappers have started to blog and the number of blogging scrappers is climbing at an unbelievable rate. Scrappers have come to realize what the benefits of blogging are and how to integrate these benefits into their scrapbooking world.

One of these benefits is having a daily “log” of their lives documented online. They can use the information they post as a reference for future journaling on their scrapbooking pages.

Another benefit is communication with other family members or friends that live far away. Let’s face it, this is a fast-paced world we are living in, where time is of the essence. Instead of writing to each and every family member or several friends about what is happening in your life, you can simply suggest that they read your blog. It saves time and they can look at it whenever they want. There are blogs that have a password option, so not to worry. If you would like your blog read only by certain people, that is a possibility.

Some scrappers enjoy sharing their layouts and projects with other scrappers where a blog can really come in handy. Many blogs offer photo galleries, making it easy for scrapbloggers to get inspiration from other scrappers. To make it look like an actual blog for scrappers, some scrappers have a nice matching theme. Many blogs offer various themes for a variety of subjects. For scrappers, although, the selection is very slim. The good thing about themes is that you don’t have to be a programmer to have your blog looking fabulous! You just select it and viola, there it is! Why pay someone to make something that you can already get for free!?

Since there is a need for themes out there, some designers have begun to realize this and are developing cool scrapbooking themes for blogs. Most recently a special free scrapbooking theme was created for WordPress by SimplyWP. The theme contains scrapbooking elements in the header image and the background theme. There are also two sidebars and a second sidebar can be used to list all your friends or to add buttons or blinkies. This theme was created in subtle, soft colors to allow your layouts to be the main attraction of your blog.

The above mentioned scrapbooking theme can be downloaded absolutely free at

http://www.scrapblogging.net. It’s unbelievably easy to implement, so you’ll have no fuss with it at all. Visit our website and download your free scrapbooking theme for Wordpress now! You can show all of your friends what a cool blog you have almost instantly.

For more information about this theme and other scrapbooking subjects, please visit http://www.photomix.com, a website for digital scrapbooking and photo collage software.

 

Free Wordpress Theme for Scrapbookers

PhotoMix offers it’s first free scrapbooking template for Wordpress. Although there are many scrapbooking blogs on the internet, Wordpress seems to be lacking in scrapbooking themes. There are similar themes, such as photography or creative arts, but nothing that comes close to the favorite subject of scrapbooking. As scrapbooking has become very popular among scrapbookers, PhotoMix decided to aid them in creating a special theme just for scrappers.

Theme name: Green Scrapbook Diary
Theme demo url: http://www.scrapblogging.net/?theme=scrapbook
Theme download link: http://www.photomix.com/download/wp-scrapbook-e.zip

Blogging for Scrapbookers

If you are a scrapbooker and are into surfing the internet to find information about scrapbooking, you may have noticed that there is an enormous amount of scrapbooker blogs out there, which seems to be growing on a daily basis. You may ask yourself “Why blog about scrapbooking?”. There are a number of wonderful reasons why scrapbooks blog. The benefits are endless and rewarding, which is why the number of scrappers creating blogs is growing at an amazing rate.

One reason scrapbookers blog is to have some type of networking between other scrapbookers or their friends and family. It’s almost a type of online diary or journal. If you’re a scrapbooker, then most likely you will be journaling on your pages to tell the story of the photos on your layout. Well, this is a great way to write it all down for your layout, whether or not photos are involved or not. You’ll have the story and the date of your post right there and since blogs archive your posts, you can easily find what you’re searching for either by looking up a certain date or the title of your post. It can’t get much easier than that. In addition, your family and friends will be happy to read what is going on in you and your family’s life. Also, you can connect to scrapbookers from all over the world!

Another reason that scrapbookers blog is to display or share their layouts. Most scrapbookers, whether they like to admit it or not, like receiving recognition for their layouts. To some, scrapbooking is a work of art, a display of their creativity…in addition to telling their story. Don’t we all appreciate nice comments about our “artwork”? It makes us feel good about ourselves and motivates us to be even more creative.

Blogging for scrapbookers can sometimes be a type of organizational mechanism. Scrapbookers do a lot of googling on the internet to look at other’s work, to find supplies or to participate in a scrapbooking community forum or work for a design team. Many scrapbooking bloggers post links to scrapbooking stores, magazines, other scrapbooker’s blogs, google ads or other areas of inspiration. Especially if you work for a design team, you’ll want to have a blog displaying your work for the team and a blog link to post on the design team’s webblog. Posting interesting links to other sources on your blog is an easy way to keep it all together in one place and provides information to others who visit your blog.

There are many celebrity scrappers out there, such as Ali Edwards or Jennifer McGuire that blog to inspire others and to sell their products. Ali Edwards not only posts her layouts and tells her stories, but inspires others with product tips and newsletters. Jennifer McGuire posts her “how-to” videos on her blog to the delight of many a scrapper. She also organizes card donations for hospitals. You would be amazed at how many famous scrappers have blogs that they faithfully post onto almost daily. Blogging is just the “in” thing to do!

To summarize the benefits of blogging for scrapbookers….

Keep an online journal for family/friends and layouts

To display your creative layouts and get recognition

To organize your scrapbooking links

To network with and inspire other scrapbookers

Inspiration and information on scrapbooking for others

If you would like to start your own blog, there are so many internet platforms out there to use. Some of them even provide free hosting if you prefer to use their domain name. Some providers are TypePad, Blogger, Wordpress, Blogspot, Thoughts, LiVEJOURNAL and many more. Most allow posting of photos, which, of course, would probably be a feature most scrappers would utilize.

Some of you out there may be computer aces, some of you not, but even if you aren’t, blogs are so easy to use. You don’t have to be a computer programmer to have a great looking blog. If you want to find out how a particular feature can be implemented, all you have to do is search the help or the particular blogging provider’s blog. Most likely you will find what you you’re looking for. You can even create your own personal unique banner for your blog and play around with various backgrounds. Many free blogs also provide a variety of themes you can use or you might google to find one you like. The possibilities are endless!

Several features that blogs provide are photo galleries, an “about the author” section, ways to add google ads, a page feature for static pages, links to other online galleries such as flickr, uploading documents and links, integrating videos (youtube) archive feature, calendar, special categories, blog subscriptions, mailto link, etc. The list is long and it seems that the number of features, sometimes called “widgets”, are growing as rapidly as blogs themselves. Again, there are endless possibilities.

Do you have a story you’d like to tell or would you like your own place of reference about scrapbooking? Then get started with your own blog and make it known to your family, friends and fellow scrapbookers!

So, scrap away, blog it and have fun sharing your stories.