Blog Bytes

Blog BytesBlogging has become a way of life for many family historians. Not only is it a great way to document your research, but it also provides a delightful platform to present the stories of the ancestors you’ve met in the process. This section collects the archived Blog Bytes articles to help you expand your knowledge of both blogging, HTML and writing for the Web.

  • A Web Image Primer.

    Everything you need to know to include images on your blog. From editing, to uploading, to formatting, find out how to make your images shine online.

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  • Photo-Sharing for Bloggers.

    An online archive not only provides protection from local disasters but offers some delightful opportunities to share your photo archives with others. This article takes a look at three photo-sharing platforms which provide affordable storage and sharing options.

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  • Blog Bytes: Acronyms and Abbreviations.

    See how to define acronyms and abbreviations in your text using HTML tags.

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  • Posterous Adds Pages.

    Posterous users can now include pages of “static” content on their Posterous sites. Now you can build an About Me page, a page of research resources or even a directory of your blog’s greatest posts.

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  • Scribefire on Safari 5.

    For those not familiar with this handy tool, Scribefire is a blog editor available as browser add-ons to Firefox, Chrome and now Safari. Once installed, it places an icon in your browser’s toolbar which quickly displays the editor ready to go. Scribefire can support blogging to multiple blogs and provides a feature-rich editor. As you [...]

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  • Blog Bytes: Web Fonts.

    If you’ve been blogging for more than a couple of days, you’ve noticed the limited number of fonts available for use on your site. These are known as web-safe fonts because they are the few fonts found on almost every computer (Windows, Mac or Linux). Until recently web browsers only used the fonts installed on [...]

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  • Blog Bytes: Style Sheets.

    Style sheets are a blog designer’s dream and even offer help for the blogging novice. Take a look at style sheets to see how they can work for you!

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  • Awesome WordPress Themes.

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  • Accessible Images.

    The World Wide Web is a source of information for handicapped people too. You can include a few extra steps in your blog posts to help those who can’t see, hear or use their hands enjoy your article as much as the rest of us. Here’s a tip to make your images accessible to your handicapped readers.

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  • Intro to HTML.

    Although you don’t need to know anything about HTML to edit or manage your blog, having a bit of knowledge about how web content is coded gives you even more control over how things look and act on your blog site. 

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  • Make your blog posts search friendly.

    These simple writing strategies can improve your post’s visibility and ranking with all the major search engines.

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  • Build a table of contents for your blog.

    Are some of your best articles buried in your blog archives? Give them the visibility they deserve by building a table of contents for your blog. Use your blog’s page feature to make it happen.

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  • Create a Blog Book.

    How do you archive your blog posts? Have you considered publishing a blog book?

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  • Use HTML to Cite Your Sources.

    Using the <cite> tag, you can include your source information at the point you reference it and readers will see it as a tooltip when they mouse over the cited text. This article shows how easy it is.

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  • Styling for Syndication.

    We all work hard to make our blog sites and blog posts attractive, but often find that the article which looks perfect on our site leaves a lot to be desired when it arrives in our newsreader. What’s going on?

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  • TypeKit dresses up your blog.

    Want to dress up your blog a bit? Try a fontlift from TypeKit.

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  • Announce your blog posts on Twitter.

    New apps are turning Twitter updates into a fascinating reading experience. Are your posts part of it?

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  • Is your blog search-friendly?.

    We all spend a lot of time searching for our family history, but how much time have you spent making sure that your research cousins will find you? Here’s some tips to help make that happen.

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  • Mobile Blogging.

    Today’s smart mobile devices make blogging on the road a whole lot easier. Here’s a look at some of the options and apps available for mobile blogging.

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  • The Background Fairy.

    Remodel your Blogger blog design with some gorgeous help from The Background Fairy. These designs are perfect for family history blogs.

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