Need a little help DECORATING your BLOG POSTS? Today's focus, Step 1; The background, Part 1 Just Color Page Backgrounds!

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Need a little help DECORATING your BLOG POSTS? 

Today's focus, Step 1;

The background, Part 1, Just Color Page Backgrounds!

 

 


 

 A simple tutorial to follow for your Active Rain blog background;

1.  Are you on your home page?  Of course not, you are looking at my really cool tutorial on how to customize YOUR blog page.  Once you are done oogling at my talent,.... yep take your time!   Oh,....................................................All right that's enough!

2.  Look on the left hand column where it says Blogs Active Rain (Customize).  Yep, that is the spot!  Okay click on (Customize).

Go ahead and print this out, I'll wait (clearly I am a very patient person)!



 Let's Get Started!

Before you get too carried away, you should know what the PARTS of a blog post is.  Let's start with the bare bones basic Active Rain Default design;



Is there anything wrong with this?  NOPE!  Kristin Johnston is a Realtor of the highest quality!  Someone I have a great deal of respect and admiration for and she dominates the first page of Google in Waukesha County, WI!


So, if that's your style Great.  We are all done here!

However, IF you WANT to personalize your post (for the many psychological/ marketing research or personal reasons) here we go;


Once you click on Blogs, Active Rain (custom) this is the page you will see (minus all the pictures, red arrows and red comment boxes);

 

First things first!

Make a choice, decorated background or plain color background?  There advantages and disadvantages to both.  There is just a few basic steps to follow. 

Today's tutorial is all about
Step 1; The background,
Part 1, Just Color Page Backgrounds!

 

Solid Color Advantage;

  • Solid color puts all the focus on the content of your blog post itself.  No distractions, nothing else to focus on, just content! 

Solid Color Disadvantages;

  • Just like picking a color for your home, color, tone, & shade matter!  If you choose a solid color, choose carefully!  Too bright - too harsh!  Think soft and soothing or rich and earthtone.
  • Solid color can lack personality.

 

If you choose "JUST SOLID COLOR"

skip the custom page background box and

<----------------------  simply look for the color box 

on the bottom of the page & select colors as follows;


1.  Click on the square color box next to "Menu Background".

2.  When the color box pops up slide the bar to the color zone you like.

3.  Use the circle to move around your color choice to get the tint, shade or tone you love.

4.  I write down the color number I choose so I can use it in other parts of my blog and have an expact match.

5.  Got the color you want?  Click okay!
(Repeat with Menu Background, Header Background, but PLEASE what ever you do       pick a different color for the Menu TEXT.)

6.  Be sure to click "Save Changes"!

7.  Go to your home page and click on "My Blogs".  Happy keep it, not try it again until you are completely satisfied!




Here are a couple examples of beautifully done "Just Solid Color" blog backgrounds;


Shar Sitter, Stager & Designer, Minneappolis MN


Michael Thornton, Photographer & Videographer, Nashville TN


Need a little help DECORATING your BLOG POSTS? 

Today's focus, Step 1;

The background, Part 1, Just Color Page Backgrounds!


If you like the way I design a blog,
You won't believe what I can do for your home!

Call now; Laura S. Baker
Ready? Set,...Sell!
Home Staging & ReDesign
(920) 728-4118

 

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And for ALL your Real Estate Needs, Call;

 

 

Laura S. Baker
(920) 728-4118

 

 

              
Realtor, First Weber Group
(920) 728-4118  
BakerL@firstweber.com
www.laurabaker.firstweber.com

 

Laura Baker is a Wisconsin Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the South Central Wisconsin area; or any place else in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice.

To find all available homes for sale

in the South Central Wisconsin, please visit http://www.LauraBaker.FirstWeber.com

Call Laura S. Baker TODAY at 920-728-4118

 

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Laura S. Baker

Home Staging, Decorating and Color Expert. 

(920) 728-4118     
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Rainer
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Sara Garden
Rocky Mountain Home Staging - Boulder, CO
MBA, HSE, HSR, APSD, Home Stager
I just saw this post. I know I'm a little late to the party but YAHOO! So excited -- thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing. You rock!
Nov 10, 2011 12:19 AM #80
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

You are very welcome Sara!  I hope you have fun "Staging" your blog posts and if you stumble, give me a call and I'll walk you through it!

Nov 10, 2011 02:07 AM #81
Rainer
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Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Thank you. Laura,

this is a very easy and very helpful instructions. I am sure some new members will find it very helpful.

Great job!!

Nov 11, 2011 02:05 PM #82
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

You are most welcome Tatyana,

Part two adds how to customize the background.  I'm hoping to give the new members a little help with their blog posts.

Your adding a video to the sidebar tutorial was great!  Hope to see more soon.  :)

Have a great weekend!

Nov 11, 2011 02:20 PM #83
Rainmaker
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Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Sheesh, all these cool tools here and I never even saw them. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 13, 2011 04:25 AM #84
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

That there is Liane!  Enjoy and if you need any help along the way give me a call or e-mail me.  I'm more than happy to help.

Nov 13, 2011 05:02 AM #85
Rainer
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Rose Essy
Vail Real Estate and Homes, LLC - Vail, CO
CNE, ABR Owner/Broker 970.306.2198

Wow, I went right to work after yor help. Getting there albeit slowly, I discovered my ADD kicked in and now want to change for the seasons...lol.

So, do you think Laura, this is a bad Idea. I'm in Vail,Co..."Resort with Winter and Summer" Seasons that bring all sorts of personalities here. Your Thoughts, Please? 

Your excellence and dedication shows very well, thank you for sharing

 

Nov 18, 2011 02:47 PM #86
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

And a fine job you did Rose!  You might want to change the menu bar or the menu text bar so they are not the same color as to make it easier for people to navigate.  If you need any help at all with any of this, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me!  :)

Nov 19, 2011 07:04 AM #87
Rainer
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Rose Essy
Vail Real Estate and Homes, LLC - Vail, CO
CNE, ABR Owner/Broker 970.306.2198

Happy Sunday Laura, hope it is a blessed one for ya! I'm lost on the header.. can't find where to change it and add my "contact info "instead of just a pic. or color. where do I go for this?

When it comes to bloging, I get total writers block....but i just love reading everyone else's. 

Have a great day.

Nov 20, 2011 05:01 AM #88
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc
Rainer
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Angie King
Grason Homes - Huntington Beach, CA

Whoa, this is amazing!  Thank you. Can't wait to try it.

Nov 22, 2011 08:18 PM #90
Rainer
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Keith Wimberly
Louisiana Mortgage Associates - Lake Charles, LA

Thanks! This was very helpful and now hopefully our page will look a little better! 

Nov 23, 2011 06:02 AM #91
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Thank you Angie!  Enjoy, and if you need any help along the way give me a call or e-mail me.

You are very Welcome Lousiana!  I'll stop by and check it out soon. 

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 23, 2011 11:37 AM #92
Rainer
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Tiffany Chapdelaine Wetherbee
Sankey Real Estate - North Attleboro, MA

Thank you so much for the info!!!! I can't wait to go customize my blog!

Dec 05, 2011 01:05 PM #93
Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Laura, going to print this out NOW and take it one step at a time-I definitely need your help in defining, decorating and branding my blog!

Dec 06, 2011 06:23 AM #94
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Tiffany and Joanna, if at any point you need my help while you are working on this please don't hesitate to call me or e-mail me.  I've walked may through this and once you do it,... it isn't so bad.  Have fun!!!

Dec 06, 2011 09:32 AM #95
Rainmaker
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nathan griffin
nathan services inc - Austin, TX
The Services You Need to Succeed

Laura you have obviously been playing with this for a while.....so forgive me if I might be just a little jealous.

The color thing you've described is beautiful; But also the font icons you created at the bottom of you blog, I noticed those and went wow.....she's got it!

Dec 09, 2011 07:18 AM #96
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Well thank you for the kind words Nathon.  I do work hard on making sure my blog post is "well Staged"!

Dec 12, 2011 03:53 AM #97
Rainer
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Sharonda Bey*
Bey Realty Group @Keller Williams Realty - Fayetteville, NC

Laura I know this is not a current blog but can I say I LOVE YOU!  LOL!  Not being "techie" and pretty new to AR this was a great help!  You could even retitle decorating your blog page for dummies.  Thanks!!

May 23, 2012 11:35 AM #98
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Ha ha!  I love that Sharonda!  Decorating your blog for Dummies.  Welcome to Activerain.  You will find it a wonderful place to learn, share, create friendships, get referrals and oh so much more!  I am really glad this blog helped you out and if there is any thing else I can help you with don't hesitate to call!  Enjoy getting your feet wet in the rain!

May 23, 2012 11:41 AM #99
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