Blogging Resources and Tutorials

blog tutorials

I don’t know what I should call this post but obviously by the time you’re reading this I already thought of a title. Basically, in this post I’m going to list down some of the websites and tips I use for my blog. I really hope you find this helpful because it works for me and my blog.

StatCounter

I know that Google Analytics is much better than any counters out there but for the life of me I can not figure out how to make it work. I installed the code. I did everything right but for some reason the hits were not picked up by Analytics even after the 24 hour wait. I have been using Statcounter for close to two years now and I am so satisfied with it. To be honest I just want to see my page hits, who, where, and what devices are they using, and IP address. I can also see Referring URL which is the website they come from to our blog, what pages are they on, and what links they click on. Very simple and definitely not frustrating like Google Analytics. Boo.

LightWidget

If you scroll down to the bottom of my blog, you can see my rather new Instagram widget. There’s no getting the blog ID thingamajig like certain widget website which can be confusing at times. Lightwidget is super duper easy. You just have to authorize LightWidget to access your account, fill in the settings, preview it and if you’re satisfied with the look you can get the code!

Google Fonts

I hate the fonts available on Blogger Template Designer. They’re honestly not that cute and Trebuchet isn’t as appealing as it did years ago back when Simple Template was still cool. I really recommend using Google Fonts on your blog and they’re not that hard to install. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily change the fonts yourself without having to go to fonts.google.com to get the code. These are the fonts that I like for post body:

Roboto
Lato
Lora
Libre Baskerville
Karla
Raleway
Playfair Display
Poppins
Georgia
Open Sans
Crimson Text
Source Sans Pro
PT Sans

Don’t Track My Pageviews

When you click on your own blog, the page view count increases and that annoys the living heck out of me. I hate it when it tracks my page views because I want the counter to be as accurate as possible. To do so, I’m using this tutorial and it definitely works on my Chrome and Opera browsers. My Blogger counter doesn’t track my views ever since I started blogging in February. I love it.

Customized Archive Gadget

If you’re sick of Blogger’s generic blog archive, you should try this customized archive gadget tutorial. They’re simple and really transform your blog look. You can edit it to fit your blog aesthetic.

Collapse Blog Archive

If you’re using the hierarchy archive, you would know how annoying it is when you have 30 posts on that month and the gadget goes as long as it gets to show those 30 posts. I hated it a lot but I want people to be able to go through all of my posts and click on what they want to read from, let’s say, 5 months ago. I’m using this tutorial to collapse my blog archive. Meaning, it won’t expand to show those 30 posts unless you click on it. Just paste the code before </body>

Archive Page

If you want to create a static page to easily display all of your posts, use this tutorial. The format is as follows: Blog Title Here (Month Day, Year)

123ContactForm

When I was in search of the perfect contact form for my blog, I have tried so many services and nothing met my expectation until I found 123contactform. They’re free, easy to use and I like mine to be simple and cute. You can see my contact page here.

Remove Sidebar on Static Page

I mentioned in this post that my static pages were full width and the sidebar was not showing. I used this tutorial but mind you that you can not blindly copy the code and paste it on your template html hoping it would work immediately. Most of the time it won’t because every template is different so I suggest either read the comments because who knows you might find the code that works for you or leave a comment. Or just tweak it like I did.

Anyway, how are you liking my new template? Is it yay or nay? Because I’m in looooove with it!

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