A BIT OF BLOGGING 101
I don’t usually do this, blog about things that are not craft related, but I figured that since it was a struggle for me, it is probably a good idea to pass on some knowledge to others.
Do you have a blog? If so, are you happy with the picture size and quality on your blog? If not, read on my fellow bloggy peoples!
For nearly two years, I struggled with the size of my pictures. I don’t know why it took me that long to realize that when using WordPress I can actually choose whatever size picture I wanted.
So I plodded along with medium sized pictures, and I hated it! I tried resizing the pictures using the image tool. It was hopeless. The image would just get blurry. 😦
Just recently, by accident almost, I realized that there is an edit tool you can use to have large sized pictures! Even what they call Full sized pictures!! What??!!
I have been using this tool ever since, and now I have big, beautiful, non blurry pictures on my blog, and you can too!!
First, click on the image that you would like to resize. Above the picture you will see an icon like this:
Okay, that’s blurry. Oh well, I’m just using a random screen shot, but do you see the little pencil? Click on the pencil!
It will take you to a screen like this:
Now, do you see the area on the left where it says Size? That’s where the magic happens!! LOL!
There is a drop down menu where you can choose whatever size you like! Then just hit the blue update button and you’re done!
Of course it’s that easy. I mean, I only suffered for TWO years!! 😛
A few years after having a blog, I realized that I was running out of free space. So I paid for more space thinking that should fix the problem. Then I realized that I was eating through my paid space like crazy. At that rate, I would be out of space in no time!!
Now I don’t know about you, but I am not a professional photographer. I’ve never claimed to be. I am interested in crafts and dolly things mainly, not photography, although I have to say that there are some pretty gorgeous doll photos out there on other people’s blogs. I wish I had that talent. I don’t.
Anyway, since I’m no pro, all of the pictures that I take for my blog are just taken from my iPhone. Big problem!! I discovered that my pics were so big and beautiful because the files on my iPhone are so big!! Like 2MB big! For one picture! What??!!
Apparently, iPhone is known for its huge space sucking files. 😦
Do you have this problem too? If so, here is the remedy that I found.
After you finish uploading your picture files to the computer, click on the image that you want on your blog.
You should see it come up like this. (I use a Mac computer so it may be different for the PC user.)
Now do you see the tool bar above? On the far right is a pencil. Click on the pencil!! 🙂
You should get another drop down tool bar. Click on the double arrows on the right, and it should give you a screen like this:
Now you can manually enter a percentage that will automatically correspond to the number of KB. You can choose the size of your files, and it won’t affect the quality of your picture but it will save you so much space! I usually adjust the size to about 120KB for each photo.
FONT SIZE AND COLOUR
Want more colour? Want bigger fonts? Just go to your toolbar, and click on the far right Toolbar Toggle.
This little button will give you plenty of font options as well as other special options. 🙂 In the picture below, the Toolbar Toggle has a square around it, highlighting it. ↓
For some of you, this may all be old news, but for those who are new to this blogging business, I hope that I could help!
Do you have any blogging tips and tricks?
Leave a comment below!
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PS. If you are on a different blog platform, I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help. 😦 I only deal with WordPress, but I hope this gets you thinking to search out more options for your own blog! There are probably tons of people out there who have come up against similar problems who do use the same platform as you! 🙂