Dear Google: Thank You! (And How to Paragraph on Blogger)
In the past, I have complained mightily, especially when you changed the blogger platform from the really simple one to the current one.
There is still much that I don’t like about the platform – in particular the lighter print and heavily-laden bells and whistles, which takes blogger forever to load, and being forced to change over to Chrome to take advantage of the positive changes.
Putting all that aside, I will tell you, my readers, what I love about the new platform and how to create your own sweet-looking posts.
Have you noticed that my recent posts are nicely paragraphed and spaced (almost unheard of on blogs)? That I can now use curly quotation marks instead of the straight up and down ones? That my spacing makes my text easier to read?
All of this without writing one whit of code.
How can that be?
First, I write my post on MS Word, highlight it with my mouse, hit “Ctrl+c”, and move the text to my blogger post box (Ctrl+v), making sure I’m in the “compose” mode.
By accident, I discovered that blogger accepts most embedded codes in this manner.
Second, on MS Word, I don’t use the tab button for paragraphing, which will not translate into a paragraph on blogger. Instead, I use the paragraph feature (third bar button on the “Home” tab).
I do all my paragraphing after I have written my text. After I have completed my text on Word, I highlight it with the mouse and click on the “paragraph” button. Under “special,” I see one of three options: (none), first line, and hanging. For perfect paragraphing, I click on “first line” and use .25 indent.
If you would prefer a deeper indent, then select .5 or any other number that gives you your desired paragraphing effect.
See illustration below:
I also use 1.5 spacing, which offers nice spacing between sentences.
Don’t worry about selecting your font or font size; you decide font choices on blogger itself in the design area (under “advanced”):
Template > Customize > Advanced > Page Text
In fact, the less code you carry over, the cleaner your post text will be.
Thank you, Google, for allowing me to make my posts look better!