The Last Post of this Blog



      Today is my last post on Everyday I learn Something New. Don’t be sad, though. It’s just that summer break has started — woo hoo!
      Here are some interesting facts about this blog. I have written nearly 100 blog posts, 95 to be specific. I averaged about two hours to complete each post. The longest post was more than 1,800 words in length.

      I’ve definitely learned a lot with this blog.

      One of the most interesting things I’ve learned is how to tell which side of your brain — left or right — is dominant. That post explained why some people are sooo logical, and others are not trying to find a deep reason for everything, and are more creative. It’s interesting because knowing whether someone is left or right brain dominant can truly tell you a lot about that person!

      What I liked most about blogging was when I had the option of choosing what to write about. It’s easier to write about what interests you, because you’ll be passionate about the topic, and you’ll already know what to say. If you’re writing about something you don’t know a lot about and think it’s a dry subject, you probably won’t like it so much. My least favorite thing about blogging? Writing about subjects which to me seemed dry (i. e. caves.)

      Still, you don’t always have the option to write only about what interests you, in lots of writing assignments. That’s why it’s good to write about what doesn’t interest you. It’s kind of like photography. Digital Photography School says to “get out of your comfort zone,” and learn something new.

      It takes a lot to write almost daily about what I’ve learned. But I’ve learned a way to do it, that’ll make life easier.

      First, you’ll have to create the backbone of your post, which is basically a summary of what you’re going to write about. This will help you with things like knowing what information to put on your blog.

      Also, you will absolutely need a reason for blogging. If it’s not because you’re having fun, earning money, or getting educated, you might want to drop the whole blog. So make sure you know what you’re doing.

      Finally, you’ll also have to learn how to include only details people care about — or make interesting stuff they may not care about — and wrap it up so that it’s still interesting. Blogging a lot will help you do this, and so would being a newspaper editor.

      So what’s next for me? After this I’ll probably start a new blog.

      It’ll be all about what interests me — woo hoo! — and sometimes include more photos than words. This isn’t exactly considered lazy, as some may think. Photos are just another way to display your creativity. A picture says a thousand words, remember. So I may start a blog with photos. I’m passionate about photography, even more than writing. Of course, I’ll still continue to learn about writing. Over the summer, I’ll be reading a lot of books. And when school starts again, I’ll be back to writing. I’m homeschooled, as you may have known from my previous blog posts, so I’ll be writing — and writing research papers — not just blogging.

      Before I say goodbye, here’s a summary of what I’ve blogged about. I’ve learned about Google+, cloud storage, the table of elements, Elizabeth Blackwell, the origin of April Fools’ Day, the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas, StoryJumper, tarantulas, Leif Eriksson, the Bering land bridge, and more — all posts in which you can read by visiting the archive to the right. Use the search engine on this site!

      And to all of you who have read and complimented my posts, THANK YOU! All the success I’ve received when it comes to happy readers is amazing! But I did it with hard work. And I’m glad you’ve all enjoyed it.

      And now, au revoir!

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A Review Of Blogger, Part Two


      Recently I wrote part one of a review of Blogger. You can read that post here. Today I’m writing part two of A Review Of Blogger.
Statistics
      With Blogger, you can see a lot of statistical information for your blog. This is good particularly if you’re curious who your audience is and where they come from.
      When viewing your blog’s statistics, you can see how many pageviews certain posts have, the referral websites, what browser and computer your visitors are coming from. etc. The statistics page is shown below:

      I mostly like the option of not tracking your own pageviews. This really helps if you’re the type to visit your blog over and over again. If you like, you can get even more detailed statistical information by registering your blog with Google Analytics.
      One problem I noticed with Blogger is that I haven’t really gotten blog visits as easily as with WordPress. I’ve noticed that I would have to share about my blog posts more on social media sites, such as Pinterest. I find WordPress more SEO friendly (search engine friendly.)
      I would give all of Blogger’s statistic features 3 out of 5 stars.
Templates
      I would probably say that my absolute, #1 favorite Blogger feature of all is the templates feature. With templates, you can choose different themes (themes is another word for templates) for your blog, built by Google. This includes your blog’s layout (i.e. content, logo, two-column left and right sidebars), fonts, background image (or color), and other stuff. I guess it’s because I’m a graphic designer, but I love customizing (which is like another word for personalizing) my blog, making it creatively unique.

      Google has a small list of templates, but when doing some Google searching, you can find graphic designers who offer other unique Blogger themes you can choose for your blog. If you’re a coder, you can use Blogger’s html/css features to edit your blog’s html and css to your heart’s content. I’ve really had fun with this, but WordPress, another popular blog builder, makes you pay to code your own theme, and pay to purchase a theme. For the average person, this isn’t a big deal, for they might not have a problem sticking with the option of WordPress templates available. Let me get back to the subject of Blogger, though, for writing about WordPress templates is getting off-topic.
      You can even make your blog mobile-optimized. This means that when someone is viewing your blog on a mobile phone, it wouldn’t display awkwardly, as though they were looking at your blog at a smaller desktop screen.
      I give the template section of Blogger 5 out of 5 stars.
Other Features
      I’ve included the most important features to me about Blogger in detail above. I think the rest of the features can pretty much be self-taught.

      There’s nothing much to see with the comments section of Blogger. The earnings section is good if you would like to make money and include ads on your blog. If you go there, you can watch a video, and see a summary of what that’s all about. In your settings, you can edit the title, description, etc.

      Sign up today at Blogger to build your free blog: www.blogger.com

A Review Of Blogger

      Today I’ve decided to write a review of Blogger, after having used it for two years. That gives me plenty of experience to talk about it.

An Overview

      Blogger is a free blog builder built by Google. Lots of people use it, and it’s been around for years.

      With Blogger, you can do more than just start a blog. With it, people can follow your blog, you can create your own blog theme, view your statistics, etc. .And it’s free, which makes Blogger very awesome.

      Once you create a blog at www.blogger.com the first thing you’ll see is the dashboard. I really like the Blogger dashboard, which is shown below:

      I like the fact that you can see all your blogs, followers, pageviews, amount of posts, etc. right in the dashboard. This makes things easier for new bloggers, and for those who don’t have a lot of time to really learn anything. Navigation is easy, and I don’t find the dashboard too busy. I actually find the WordPress dashboard more confusing to navigate, and somewhat busy.

      One of the coolest features of Blogger to me is the reading list in the dashboard. With the reading list, you can add blogs you like to visit, and those blogs’ posts will show up the moment they’re posted right there in your dashboard. This is really cool. If you have a lot of blogs to keep up with, you won’t have to visit each individually anymore all the time to check for updates. Blogger doesn’t force you to choose from other blogs built with Blogger; you can get updates of blogs built even with WordPress, or almost anything else.

      I give the Blogger dashboard 5 out of 5 stars.

Posting

      I also like all the abilities you have when posting a post. You can customize your text nearly anyway you’d like. There’s different fonts to choose from, you can change the size of your text, you can also change the text color, and add something like a strikethrough or underline your text. You can also uploads photos, and even videos. There’s also an option to create a list, and add links. There’s even a spell check. All these features are shown below:


      Besides this, you can still do many other things such as scheduling a post. When you schedule a post, you choose the date and time for it to appear on your blog. This is good, if, for example, you know you’re going to be busy tomorrow, but still want your viewers to see something on your blog. You can write a blog post today, and your blog viewers will see it tomorrow.

      However, not everything is perfect when you’re posting something to Blogger. Sometimes, there are weird formatting issues, although most of these issues can be easily fixed in the “html” section if you know some code. I’ve also noticed problems sometimes when scheduling posts. Sometimes, when I schedule something, for example, tomorrow, it’ll post today. I don’t know why this happens, although I don’t see how it can be a huge problem, because it rarely happens, and is usually fixed within a few hours.

      Overall, I give posting with Blogger 4 ½ out of 5 stars.

      Tomorrow I’ll continue my review with a look at Blogger statistics and templates.

GIF vs. JPG


      Did you ever post a photo online only to get frustrated because it was blurry? Maybe your problem was the file type.
      Knowing what file type to save your photo or web graphic as is very important.
      Who wants to see a pixelated, not very colorful, or maybe even blurry photo? It would make your website or social media site look cheap. And if you’re selling something, nobody’s going to want to buy from you if they can’t even see your product. So that’s why this post should be very important to you.

      Recently, I wrote PNG vs JPG, a post about the two most-used photo files on the web. Today, I’m writing about GIF vs JPG.

      A GIF is the third most-used file type I’ve seen on the web.

      As shown above, GIFs are primarily known for animated images. So whenever you see a moving animated image on a website that’s not a video, it’s a GIF. Animated images cannot be saved as anything else other than as a GIF.

      When you see a GIF, you’re actually seeing more than one image (or more than one layer) saved as one. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and some other graphic design softwares let you create GIFs, and have more information on animated GIFs. For some reason, animated GIFs can’t be uploaded onto certain websites, or added to your document in Google Docs. JPGs cannot turn into animated images like GIFS at all.

      JPGs also don’t have the feature of a transparent background. Similar to PNGs, however, GIFS do have the transparent background feature. By reading this earlier blog post, you can learn more about a transparent background.

      GIFs are made up of a small amount of 256 colors, but JPGs are made up of millions. JPGs also look clearer than GIFs, which look slightly pixelated sometimes.

      Here’s the difference between a GIF photo and a JPG photo:


      Due to the color and pixel GIF problem as shown above, many people use GIFs for small cartoon web graphics. JPGs are better for most things, like photos and web graphics. This is why GIFs aren’t used as much as JPGs.

      Here’s what happens when you save a large web graphic as a JPG, and when you save it as a GIF:


      Notice how the GIF seems to have missing colors in it. Some people still use GIFs for photos and even large web graphics, because they really do save lots of storage. The above GIF is 324 KB, whereas the JPG is 652 KB.

      You can learn more about GIFs and JPGs here:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/419584/what-is-the-difference-between-jpg-jpeg-png-bmp-gif-tiff-i

http://community.adobe.com/help/search.html?q=jpg%20vs%20gif&lr=en_us&hl=en_us&l=0

How to Install A Blogger Theme


      It’s very important to have a nice theme for your blog. You can have the greatest content in the world, but this is still important. Who wants to see a horrible-looking blog? I know I wouldn’t.

      This is why I’ve written this post: How to Install A Blogger Theme. These instructions are for Google’s Blogger, and will not work for installing a theme on other website builders, such as WordPress.

      Although Google has a selection of free, pre-made themes to choose from for your blog hosted by Blogger, these instructions will not teach how to install those. I don’t think it’s the greatest idea to use one of those themes. SO many people across the web have already used them for their blog hosted on Blogger. These instructions will only work for certain websites that provide Blogger themes.

    Log in to your blog
    Make sure you’re viewing your dashboard using the new Blogger interface. If you’re using the old interface, you might be confused about installing your theme. So switch to the new one. You can always go back to the old Blogger interface when you’re done installing your theme.
    Select Template, as shown below:

    In the top right corner of your computer screen, you should see a button that says
    backup/restore. Click on it, as shown below:

    Select Download full template, as circled in red below:


You’re downloading your template, because if anything should go wrong with installing your new theme, you would never be able to get your old one back again. You don’t want that, now do you? That’s why it’s important to have a backup of your current template (template is another word for saying theme, both have the same meanings).
Now that you’ve downloaded your template, close that box. Now select Edit HTML, as shown below:


You’re going to get this message:

Because the code you’re going to put was written by someone who’s an advanced user, select Proceed. Besides, you already have a backup of your current template, so what’s the big deal if something should go wrong?

    Highlight all that code, and then delete it. Now highlight, copy, and paste the code from your provider in that box. If your provider is using old code, it will not work with the new Blogger interface. The old Blogger interface isn’t going to be available starting sometime in May, however, so it’s important to make sure your theme provider is using the new code.
    Now you’re done! Here’s an example of a theme with a pre-made blog theme made by Google on the left, and then with a unique blog theme on the right. It’s a major difference!

How Kids Can Build A Website For Free | Part 4 of 4

      This post is the last installment of my four-part series, How Kids Can Build A Website For Free. To read part one, click here. To read part two, click here. To read part three, click here.

      Yesterday, you built your website, learned about site maps, created your website’s CSS, etc. Those are the hard things to do, so today you’re going to be doing easier tasks.

      The first thing you’re going to do is validate your website. When you validate your website, you are checking the code, to make sure you didn’t forget a bracket or anything like that. You can try it out here. An easier version to understand can be found here. The easier one doesn’t have confusing things like, “which encoding would you like?”

      If your website isn’t validated, you should read the previous blog posts I wrote, and revisit Lissa Explains It All. There might be something missing there that you didn’t understand. Another great thing to try are the forums of Lissa Explains It All. 000webhost also offers a help center if you’re confused about your website’s code.

      You also are going to need to make your website search engine optimized. There’s really no point in having a website when it’s not indexed by the major search engines — Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Making your website search engine optimized is very simple to do. All you have to do is add a description like this in the head section of your webpage:

      <meta name=”description” content=”Write in a paragraph or less what your website is about here.” />

      This description shows up when someone Googles your site. You’re also going to need keywords, which are also words people “google.” For example, if someone were to “google” landscaping, they would find your website, because you added “landscaping” as a tag. You wouldn’t be indexed on the first few pages though, unless you’re website that has been around for a long time, and lots of other websites have linked back to you. That’s why, for example, if you were to do a website design for someone, it would be smart if you told them to write that you designed the website, and include a link back to your site. Here’s the code to add keywords to your website:

      <meta name=”KEYWORDS” id=”mKeywords” content=”landscaping, snow, removal, landscape, installation, maintenance”>

      That should also be included in the head section of your webpage.

      You should also double-check everything else on your website. Make sure there are no broken links. This is neccesary, if, for example, you added a link to http://www.oogle.com but meant to write google.com. You should also make sure you didn’t misspell anything, or have incorrect grammar.

      The last thing to do is optional. You can purchase a domain, but it isn’t fully necessary, depending on what type of website you have. A domain can make your website look more professional. Nobody can remember google.hostedby000webhost.com as easily as google.com. So when you purchase a domain, you basically have a shorter URL, that’s easy to remember.

      Tomorrow you’ll learn how to create a blog!

“Mommy! Look What I Can Do!”

Today I learned that someone as young as six years old can blog!
I was very shocked when I found that out because I have never heard of a blog writer that young.
She started blogging because a couple of people in her family had their own blog, so she decided she might as well have a blog, too. The six-year-old girl is now eight, and she still continues to blog. You can watch the above video to learn about her and you can visit her blog here: http://blogginggirl.com/ Good for her!

Also, there are only 25 days until Christmas! It feels like that flew by. It wasn’t so long ago that I was enjoying the summer. What do you want for Christmas? Please leave a comment and let me know! Or let me know what YOU think about a six-year-old blogging!