Blogging Basics and My Christmas Tree {because those two things go together}

Blogging Basics:
How to Add a Button/Badge to your Blog
How to Add Links to Words within a Post.

When I first started my blog I spent an unnecessary amount of time trying to figure out some blogging basics–so I thought I would save some of you some time.

For those of you who already know all these tips, feel free to add any other tips in the comment section that you think might be helpful to new bloggers.

Adding a button/badge to your blog sidebar:

Have you ever wondered how you can proudly display the badge/button of those blogs you love so much?


1. Highlight and copy the html code of the button you want to display {you will find the html code in a box right below the button}

2. Log in to your blogger account and go to your blog dashboard.

3. Click on the “design” tab

4. Click on the “Add a Gadget” tab found on your sidebar

5. Click on the ” html/javascript” tab.

6. A text box will appear. Paste the html code in that box. Click “save”.

7. You should see your new html gadget on your right sidebar at the top. You can click and drag it wherever you want it on your blog.

8. Click “save” at the top of your dashboard, and that’s it!

Add a button to a post or page:

1. Highlight and copy the html code of the button you want to display {you will find the html code in a box right below the button}

2. Log in to your blogger account and go to your blog dashboard.

3. Create a “new post”.

4. At the top of the post you will see a “compose” tab and an “html” tab. Click on the “html” tab.

5. Paste the html code of the button in this section. Click back on the “compose” tab, and you should see your new button within your post.

*You can follow this same process to add buttons to your pages. For example, I followed this process to add buttons to my “Where I Party” page.

Feel free to test this out with the
Little Miss Momma button, *wink*

Creating a word link:

This is super simple.

After you have typed your post, highlight the word you want to be a link.
With the word highlighted, click on the blue “link” tab at the top of your post. A box will pop up. Paste the link in that box and click “ok”. If you do this correctly, the word you linked should be blue now.

For example:

Click HERE, to visit the “Best of Little Miss Momma”

On another note…

Let’s Play, guess the theme of Ashley’s Christmas tree, shall we?!

 It’s back to the basics of paperchains when you have a toddler who insists on eatting all the ornaments–so much for my pretty tree of years past {sigh}.

And YES, my craft collection did throw up on my Christmas tree this year, in case you were wondering.

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    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
    December 28, 2010 at 2:38 am

    plaid shirt: at target
    heart ring: tiffanys


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    Jen Thaler
    April 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks so much for all your blogging tips. I've been doing this for about 2 months, and some things I've figured out on my own, because I've had to – but your tips really helped put everything together and simplify it.

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    May 11, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I just added your badge to my blog!! I heart your blog!!

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    Lauren {whimsy lane}
    July 8, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Ahhh you'e awesome!
    Thanks for these tips! When posting links in my posts, I was doing it by copy/pasting a code and then changing the addresses. I know. Ridiculous. This will save me so much time!!
    Thanks πŸ˜€

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    The Cisneros Family!
    July 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial on how to place a button in a post! Much needed! You are awesome!

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    July 25, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Thanks for the tutorial helped a lot, it's about time i start posting. Your button definitely went on my page. πŸ™‚

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    August 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    hello πŸ™‚ i need some help! much of your stuff has been so helpful so far so when i had a question i thought to turn to you! im just getting started and it seems so much harder than i thought. but just one question! just like on your page list.. where it says ‘store” then when you click on it, it takes you straight to your etsy account.. how did you do that? ive been trying but i can’t seem to figure it out…i could use your help!

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    Lexi Moore
    September 26, 2011 at 1:51 am

    What do you think of my attempt of a blog? {just started}
    You are like a mentor to me and I hope to be as skilled as you one day!

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    Make and Do Girl
    December 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I’m with you about spending a ridiculous amount of time figuring out basics. But it’s pretty gratifying isn’t it? It’s rare in our adult lives that we have the chance to have so many small “victories” teaching ourselves new stuff.

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    February 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Ashley,

    Your blog is Amazing!!! I added your badge to my blog :)….I admire your blog so much! In fact, so many of your tutorials have helped me set mine up. I just started mine, and never realized that navigating through all the set up could be so hard-
    Maybe I am a dodo but how do you put a link in your post that brings you to one of your OWN older posts

    I wrote a post about me and ….wanted to put something like “my fairytale” and have it link to an older post with pictures of my wedding. any help would be soooooo appreciated!!!

    here is my blog if you want to check it out http://www.littlemamanista.com

    thanks tiffany

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