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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

So I know some of you won't be interested in this post at all, but for those of you that have recently started blogging or are thinking about starting a blog, I thought I'd share a nifty new website I just came across and show everyone how to use it to edit the title of your blog.  Or for those of you that aren't interested in blogging, it's still a neat way to get access to some new fonts.

Here is how I created this new header:
    Easily Inspired
  1. Go to http://www.dafont.com/
  2. Click one of the font types listed at the top (i.e., caligraphy, handwritten)
  3. You can preview what all the fonts look for a certain word or phrase by typing it in the custom preview.  You can edit the size of the font displayed and the numbers displayed using the filters at the top
  4. Once you've found a font you like, click download
  5. Save the file (I saved it to the desktop to easily find it later)
  6. Right click on the zip file on your desktop, then click "extract all"
  7. Specify the location you want to extract the file to (or leave it on the default) and click "extract"
  8. Once the file has been extracted, right click on the file then click "install."  These instructions may be slightly different if you are not using Microsoft Vista.  Click here for details.
  9. When you open Microsoft Word the name of your font will automatically be included in the dropdown box
  10. Experiment with the font until you've found the one you like, it's the right size, and it's the right color.  Make a screen print of the font
  11. Save the file as an image
  12. Open blogger, click on "design", then click on the "edit" button in the header section
  13. Browse for the image, upload, and save
  14. Click on "preview" to see what the new header looks like in your blog
  15. Play around until you find something you like.  If you get stuck, post a comment and I'd be happy to help
Here's a little video I made using screen-cast-o-matic showing how I completed these steps.  By the way, screen-cast-o-matic is a pretty nifty tool in and of itself.  It's a web-based (and free!) way to record what you're doing on your computer screen.  Once you've recorded the video its super easy to automatically upload your videos to YouTube. 

If you liked this post, you may want to check out this post where I explain why I think everyone should have a blog, and how to use shabby chic blogger templates to customize your blog background.  Happy blogging everyone :)


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