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Customizing Your Blogger Blog

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Tired of your blog looking like every other blog out there? Maybe it’s time to customize your blog, which Blogger lets you do, in a number of different ways. In this article, Using Blogger author Michael Miller shows you how to turn a generic Blogger blog into a personalized one—quickly and easily. Learn how to choose a new blog template, customize the fonts and colors, add an image header, add gadgets and much more. One of the best ways to make your blog stand out and draw more visitors is to customize your blog's appearance, and as you'll learn here, it's a snap to do!
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A blog is a personal thing. You pour your heart and soul into your blog posts; your blog reflects your thoughts and your personality.

Or at least the content does. If you’re like a lot of bloggers, the look and feel of your blog is a bit... well, generic.

Wouldn’t it be better if your blog looked a little more personal? A different color scheme, perhaps a slightly different layout, different fonts, maybe even some custom images? Something—anything—to make it look more like it’s yours, not one of a thousand other blogs with the same template.

Well, you can personalize your Blogger blog. It’s actually quite easy, on a basic level, with more advanced options available if you’re into that. Read on to learn how.

Choosing a New Template

Let’s start with the easy stuff first. When you first created your blog, Blogger had you choose from a half dozen or so basic templates—combinations of layout, colors, and fonts. The good news is, it’s relatively to change templates—and there are a lot more templates available than what you saw when you first signed up.

Here’s how you change templates. Start by opening the Blogger Dashboard and clicking the Layout link for your blog. When the Layout tab appears, click the Pick New Template sub-tab. You now see three dozen or so available templates; some are variations on a theme, in terms of colors and such, but it’s a larger variety than what you had to choose from initially (Figure 1).

Anyway, click the template you want to use; you can click the Preview Template link to see what it looks like before you make the switch. When you’re ready to go, click the Save Template button, and all your existing blog content will be transferred to the new template.

Figure 1 Choosing from a variety of Blogger-designed blog templates.

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