May 20, 2015

Tech Tip for the New Blogger

Some of my blogging buddies are taking on the challenge of hosting the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and asked if I would create an advice or tech help post. That got me thinking, what did I most want to know this time last year as I was just starting to blog. The thing that came to mind was some blog bling! Those little icons in the sidebar that cleaned up the clutter and linked readers to different forms of social media. I had drooled about them since I started blogging. I figured they were out of my expertise. Turns out, they are not difficult.  

The icons themselves can either be purchased (I got mine from Etsy) or make your own for more personalization. They come in a variety of different social media icons.  I just picked my favorite forms of social media to link. It's also fun to look through the styles available. There are so many to chose from, they should match any blog. 

So, now is the confession. I do not know how to write code and have no idea how computer programing works, but, there is a shortcut around that for my non compute friends. Don't worry. The videos show how to step-by-step just pick blogger or wordpress.

Right, not so bad? The best part about the video, was I was able to see her actually do the direction, pause the video, do the task, then move onto the next direction. Breaking the information into smaller parts made it more manageable for myself. 

Another fun note. This is also how I create buttons in my sidebar to link to different events/activities happing on my blog or in the blogging community.

Good luck in creating your own blog bling! 

-Patch & Chels

P.S. If you would like to be apart of the 2015 New Bloggers Blog Hop the links are below ... 

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter 
Terri Ann @ Childlike Fascination


  1. You read my mind. I have been trying to figure those bling things out! Thank you for the links.

  2. Great tip! I have been meaning to change my social media buttons but I had forgotten how to do it, thanks for the links!

  3. Thanks for the great tip, Chelsea! I'm thinking I will be updating my blog, too!!!

  4. Great tip Chelsea. I'm not code savvy either but there are so many great resources online to help you out. It's funny how many don't have a feedly button, which is why I created a tutorial on how to make your own.

  5. Thank you, Chelsea!! I had absolutely no idea how easy this was to do. I am definitely
    Pinning this tip forever! New bloggers of the quilting world are going to greatly appreciate this. I know I do!

  6. Great post Chelsea! I will get round to changing the buttons on my blog one day :)

  7. What a great post Chelsea. I agree it's much easier to follow hot to blogging instructions using videos, sometimes I even play the video on my phone so I can use the whole computer screen to follow along!

  8. This is awesome! I've always wanted to have those little links but always thought it was beyond my skill level. I'l definitely going to give it a try. thanks!

  9. Writing code is so over my head! I had my daughter do mine and then there was a problem...guess who figured it out ? Me! Thank you google! I will mark this post because a video is such a great idea to have at your fingertips! Thank you Chelsea!

  10. This was super helpful today! Thank you!