Dressing Up Your Blog.... Nirvana Recipe

Reblogger Don Sabinske
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. 539MN

Yeah, I know you all know this.  But, I just wanted to send it out ONE more time in case those late owls who work for a living didn't catch this earlier.  This one is a definite keeper unless you have time to go to AR University and take the required classes.  LOL.

Original content by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL

If you are a PC owner, then it is for you. Mac crowd in computer terms is already in paradise (LOL)

This is for those who are not in Paradise yet, and who are still alive and fighting with not so perfect PCs. Here’s how to achieve the nirvana the way I do…

Open Microsoft Word and just type you post.
First advantage is that you are Microsoft Word Iconnot going to lose your work if you accidentally clicked the Back button in AR, or the Proxy Server Error raises its ugly head again. Microsoft Word “remembers” what you have and you can easily restore the text by clicking “Undo”.

The other is that you do not need to use any HTML program like Kompozer, doDressing up the blog - Jon Zolskynot need to switch from IE to Firefox to use Scribefire, which is not great...

I set the font to Calibri because this was the first only font besides Courier that I tried, which did not give me trouble. It sometimes allows me to use Verdana, but it is a hit and miss, and I am quite content with Calibri, so that’s what I use by default.

I usually choose font size 14 like in this post
You can adjust the size depending on how good your eyes are. You can underline it, and/or italicize it in Word, but if you want to “Strike thorough”, you can do it after you have saved it in AR.

But you need to know one important thing: do not format in Wordbeyond just typing, using Calibri (any size) font type, italicizing or underlining and setting the colors. No fancy stuff. Do not add images in Word. I will tell you how to do it later.

Do not do any links in Word. If you are referring to anything, do it when it is already in AR. But not in Word. It should be just text, or it would not work. 

Colors - jon zolsky blogAfter your thoughts are set on “paper”, you can highlight it (Control + A) and set the color of the font like you normally do. You can then decide that you would like to make each new paragraph, or a few words from this paragraph in bold like I did in this post. You can highlight any part of the text and set the color for it.

You can also opt for the background color. Again, just highlight the portion of the text, go to the icon “Text Highlight Color” on Microsoft Word menu and apply the color you like (very limited choices, though) like I did it here.

When you are done with the text, fonts and colors go to your AR and We can blog it - jon Zolsky blogclick “New Blog Entry” button. You should have both of them on your screen, the AR page and the Word page. Highlight the post you have in Word and drag (not copy and paste, but drag) it into AR page. It will be gone from your Word page but you will see it in your AR window. Type the title, choose “Draft” mode and submit. Now you will not lose the information.

The key here is dragging. If you copy and paste, it would look great, all the colors there, but when you press submit, it will come out as plain, as if you did it in AR blog window.

After you already have saved it in draft mode, you are not going to lose your work, but I still keep the word page open, until I finally publish it Members Only or Public. What’s left are some minor details. At this stage I add a photo or clip art the way you would normally do it in AR, and do “Strike Through” if I want to...this is it.

If you want to use a link to another post like when you are referring to another post (Jon Zolsky just posted Dressing Up.... Blogging Nirvana Recipe) you can either drag it from another post right into yours (in Edit mode, of course), but then it will be blogging - jon zolsky blogin much bigger font, so I drag it to Word, change the font to Calibri, set the size (usually the same 14 pt), and then highlight in Word and drag into AR. This way it will have the right size, and it will be already a link. All other links you do the say you always do in AR.

What if for some reason it is not showing with font and colors when you dragged into AR and submitted it? Easy fix. Open it again in Word, highlight the text, find and click “Clear Formatting” icon to remove the formatting. Then change the font, size, add color and you are done in less than a minute. This is a very easy and quick fix. Remember, you can drag anything from Word to AR window. But it is so much easier to work in Word.

If you did it the way I do, you will see it exactly the way you see mine here as this is how I did it. Is it a nirvana? Well, for blogging purposes it is the closest thing for me.

*  Images courtesy: Dressing up the Blog Brianna McCarthy, Color pencils david.nikonvscanon, and two last images by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com. All via Flickr.com


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Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

wow thanks for sharing this.  Now I understand what I have been doing wrong that results in my text looking like it was done in AR. Thank you Thank you

Sep 21, 2010 03:27 PM #1
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Wow, thanks for the reblog. Hope it works for you and other guys. Unfortunately it does not work for everyone, and I do not know the reason for that.


Sep 21, 2010 03:32 PM #2
Linda Powers
Resort Realty - Duck - Duck, NC
On the Outer Banks


I always understood not to copy and paste from Word, but my posts are boring. I'm going to try your tips and hope to sing in the rain with you!

Sep 21, 2010 03:35 PM #3
Eddie Brown
Eddie Brown ~ FM Realty a Long & Foster Company/ Raleigh NC - Raleigh, NC

Great Tips Don

Sep 24, 2010 02:51 AM #4
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

I know that some folks love using stuff like this, but in my silly old-fashioned opinion, it makes the blog posts look like they came right out of kindergarten art class.  Sorry to sound so negative...

Oct 28, 2010 05:00 PM #5
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