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How I set this site up

Posted in Becoming a Better Blogger, Technology by engtech on April 11, 2006

Idea taken from "Blogger Categories for everybody"

Specific implementation:

Step #1: Set up main blog.

  • Create account on blogger, create a blog.
    • Choose a blog title.
    • Choose url (engtech)
    • Choose template (minima)
  • Go to Settings menu.
    • Under Formatting
      • Data header to YY/MM/DD
      • Time stamp to M/D/YY
      • Time zone to EST
      • Language to English(Canada)
    • Under comments, click Hide so that comments are disabled
    • Under Archiving, set enable Post Pages to No (otherwise you can delete a post but the old page will still remain).
    • Under Email, choose a Mail-to-Blogger address (bloggeraccount.hiddensecretkey@blogger.com [1])
  • Go to Template menu.
    • I like to cut out the "posted by" since it's pretty redundant when only one person is modifying the blog.
    • Change "Links" to "Categories" and point to the individual blog categories you are about to create.

Step #2: Set up a gmail account. (supersecretgmailaccount@gmail.com [2])

  • Create a filter so that all messages sent with subject "[symbol" [3] are forwarded to bloggeraccount.hiddensecretkey@blogger.com. Note that it ignores punctuation characters when doing matches.
  • You may want to make the filtered message Skip the Inbox (since you probably won't be logging into this account very often).
  • You may want to apply a label if you're going to be using this account for various blogs.

Step #3: Create a new blog for each sub-category (rinse, repeat)

  • Create new blog.
    • Choose a blog title, must start with the symbol from step #2!! (ie: "w:")
    • Choose a url (good idea to use the url of the main blog and add an extension)
    • Choose template (minima)
  • Go to Settings menu.
    • Under Formatting
      • Data header to YY/MM/DD
      • Time stamp to M/D/YY
      • Time zone to EST
      • Language to English(Canada)
    • Under comments, click Hide so that comments are disabled
    • Under Archiving, set enable Post Pages to No (otherwise you can delete a post but the old page will still remain).
    • Under Email, set the BlogSend address to your gmail address (supersecretgmailaccount@gmail.com [2])
  • Go to Template menu.
    • I like to cut out the "posted by" since it's pretty redundant when only one person is modifying the blog.
    • Change "Links" to "Categories" and point to the main blog. (http://jayworks.blogspot.com)
  • Go to Posting menu.
    • Post a test message and ensure that it makes it to the main blog

[1] This will be an email account that exists at blogger.com. You can publish to the blog from anywhere by sending an email to this email account.[2] This will be an gmail account that exists at gmail.com. It is probably best to use an account ONLY for this instead of using it for your main account as well. Note that the only reason why you have to use a third party email address is because blogger won't let you specify an @blogger.com address as the BlogSend address. Doing it this way effectively backs up your blog to gmail anyways.

[3] Use some kind of easy to text match symbol since you're going to be using this for your mail filter (ie: "w:"). Note that it ignores punctuation characters when doing matches.

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  1. //engtech » Switching to WordPress said, on May 27, 2006 at 2:26 am

    […] I have to laugh at the work-around I was using to have a categories in Blogger versus the simplicity of WordPress. So far I am really enjoying it. It was very easy to import the existing posts from Blogger. I seems very well organized as far as maintaining categories, posts, links (blogrolls). I also like how there are options for creating static pages (like an About page), and then automatically generating a site map off of those. […]

  2. Webomatica said, on May 20, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    First comment! On the first post! Well, a year too late.


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