Basic HTML code for bloggers

I’m currently helping someone learn to blog, and this is a post to explain that learning a few simple HTML commands is very useful in blogging.

Why? Because the “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) interface doesn’t always give an exact rendition of what the page will look like. Sometimes the coding gets screwed up, and if you don’t know how to fix the code, the page will look like crap. Every blog software has an “edit HTML” that lets you go in and alter the code yourself. Eventually, every blogger has to learn to use HTML.

Don’t be intimidated by thinking, “Oh, that’s high-tech geek stuff. I don’t know what I’m doing. What if I screw up?” The answer is, if you screw up, you’ll go back and fix it. It ain’t rocket science, and your computer is not going to blow up because you used the wrong code on your blog. Besides, nobody’s reading your blog yet. So relax.

The Bare Bones Guide to HTML is a good place to start. Most of those codes you don’t need to know. Basically you need bold, italic, “link to something,” blockquote, paragraph and line break. But go ahead and print the whole thing out, staple the pages together, and keep it handy.

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