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How to Blog While Working Full Time Job

If you are plugging away day after day in a job you have little or no passion for, you are not alone. So many of us are stuck in 9 to 5 office jobs and the two things keeping us there is not knowing there’s a better way to earn an income and the fear of failure that comes with starting something new. We let our comfort of a steady paycheck hold us back from making huge advances in our lives and careers. But what if I told you that you could live out your passions and do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing through blogging without leaving your comfy office job? Read on for how to jump into blogging without quitting your day job.


Blogging Tips


Figure out what you want to do


Get ready because this will be the toughest decision you’ll ever make in life. I went through many years of college, switching majors, changing jobs, and I still don’t have it completely figured out. But I’m getting there and you will too. The first step in jumping into blogging is figuring out what it is you want to blog about.
You don’t want to get started in just anything because it’ll be a waste of your time if you don’t enjoy doing it. It can quickly become more like a chore than your passion, making it more difficult to stay motivated. When asking yourself what your purpose is, consider things you enjoy doing without being asked to do it. What are some of your hobbies and interests?
Also think about what your strengths are. What do you constantly receive compliments on? What are people always asking your advice or help with?
Consider the everyday objects you use that you absolutely love and recommend to friends often. For example, I could go on all day about my crock pot and the easy meals I can make in it. Are there any objects you’re obsessed with and practically sell just through your recommendations?
Figuring out what to blog about will take some time so have patience. Sit down for a brainstorm session and consider the pros and cons of each idea that pops into your head. Don’t become overwhelmed if your calling doesn’t come to you right away. You will get there with time.

Make the commitment


Once you have your blog topic in mind, it’s time to commit to it. This means being consistent day in and day out, telling your friends and family what you’re taking on, setting focused blogging hours for yourself and determining the best course of action to move your blog forward.
Being a blogger is not working on your blog just on days that you feel like it. It’s not doing only the tasks that you enjoy doing. Let me be real with you for a moment. As much as I believe blogging is incredibly rewarding, you do have to put the work in. Buy a good planner and determine when and how much time you’ll invest in it. Stay consistent even on the days you rather sit on the couch and watch TV. If you put the work in now, you’ll be rewarded for it later down the road.
In my opinion, telling friends and family your plans makes it all feel so much more real. It’s important to tell the people closest to you what you’re doing so they know that you’re serious about this new adventure. Be clear about your focused blogging time and so they know what to expect from you.
Just like retail stores are open during certain hours of the day, you should plan to get blogging in during certain hours as well. Set hours for yourself of when you’ll blog and make sure your clients are aware of them. This will help keep you on track every day and be consistent. Just remember that you need down time too.
When first starting out, it’s important to figure out the key tasks that will move you forward. Stop wasting your time doing the things that don’t matter! Do your research, follow the top leaders in your industry and get focused.

Learn to manage your time


Time Management In Blogging
If you’re working a full-time job in addition to your blogging, you most likely don’t have a ton of extra time available. This means you’ll have to work smarter rather than harder.
The first thing you need to do is eliminate the time-wasters, a huge one often being TV time. Even some of the hobbies you love may have to be cut down unless of course, they’re related to your blog.
Next, buy a planner and block out the times each day you’ll dedicate to blogging. This is your focused time.
You’ll also want to make use of your extra chunks of time throughout the day. For example, you can think of new blog ideas while waiting at the doctor’s office, sitting on a bus, waiting for your dinner to cook, etc. Be as productive as possible during these blocks of free time.

Have a strong and powerful why


Why to Blog?
It’s certainly not easy trying to juggle an office job, a blog and home life. There will be many times when things get difficult and you’ll want to throw in the towel. This is especially true for those who have the cushion of a steady day job. But you will not give up this time because you’re going to come up with a strong and powerful why that will keep you moving forward with your blog even when you want to quit.
Think about why you wanted to start blogging in the first place. It shouldn’t be just to earn a little extra money. Get deep with it. Why do you really want to do this? Would you one day like to turn blogging into your full-time gig so you can work from home and set your own hours? Do you want to one day have more time with your family? When it comes to your why you must have emotion because this is the one thing that will keep you going when things get tough (and trust me, they will).

There is more in life for you than just your boring day job. You were born to do more than sit at a desk all day and enter numbers into a computer. You are unique and have something so valuable to offer the world. You may or may not know what that thing is yet but the fact that you read this blog post to the end tells me that there’s something in your heart that’s pulling you to do something more with your life. The jump into blogging doesn’t have to be as scary as quitting your day job. Why not start a blog on the side that you can actually be proud of?



Nicole Tinkham is the author of this article. She’s a busy wife, mom of four fur babies and entrepreneur with a passion for cooking, family, blogging, and the great outdoors.


Embed PDF in Blogger Post

How awesome it would be if Blogger allow people to upload PDF in post editor directly. It will save so much time. Well, Google has other products to make it easy for you.

Tutes Inside- Add PDF In Blogger Posts

The best way to embed PDF in blogger is through Google Drive.

Google drive let's you upload everything but it stopped it's hosting service in September. It was a great option for web designers to host their CSS and Javascript stylesheets. Now, dropbox is the only option for them.

Using dropbox to host files

Coming to the point, it's very easy to upload file in Google drive and you can upload and embed PDF in blogger in just 5 minutes.

Steps to follow


  • Login/Signup to Google Drive
  • Click on 'Upload file' in 'My Drive' and upload your PDF file


Upload File In Google Drive

  • Now, right click on your uploaded PDF file and click on 'Get shareable link' so that anyone with the link can view your PDF and this will also copy the link.


Change Privacy Of Uploaded File


  • Now, open new tab in browser and paste the link and hit enter
  • This will open your uploaded PDF. Now, click on triple dots on top right and then click on 'Embed'


Embed File On External Web Page


  • Copy the code from the box that will appear
  • Now, go back to your blogger account and edit the post in which you want to embed your PDF. In post editor, click on HTML on top left and paste the code that you just copied like this:-


HTML Post Editor In Blogger


Now, you can publish your post with your PDF in it.

If you want to change the height and width of box which appears with PDF in post then change the value of height and width in iframe code.

Happy Blogging!

How to Align Images Side by Side in Blogger

When it comes to making a quality post or article, you can not make it without adding images. Not only an image will help you in defining complex concepts but also it gives a better look to your article
Tutes Inside- Align Images In One Line

If you are new at blogging then you should make articles with nice and related pictures in it. If you are using images in a right way then this will also increase traffic on your blog.
You can read more about it here:-


This article will help you in placing 2 or more images side by side. We are going to use HTML table for this purpose and by this method you can align images in posts as well as in blog.

Aligning images in post


First thing first, copy all your image links in a notepad file or any text document editor you have. To grab image link just upload your images in post editor and then click on 'HTML' on top left. There you will see your image link somewhat like this:-

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PjNG_T_zcEM/WJBj-I2yyVI/AAAAAAAACUc/BCIq7-1fdfArzNUB0eXvA5jLagx_tAsagCEw/s1600/Align%2Bimages%2Bin%2Bline.png

Okay, now you have your image links. Copy this HTML table code and paste it in HTML mode in post editor.


<table>
  <tr>
    <td><img border="0" width="100px" height="100px" src="IMAGE 1 LINK HERE" /></td>
    <td><img border="0" width="100px" height="100px" src="IMAGE 2 LINK HERE" /></td>
    <td><img border="0" width="100px" height="100px" src="IMAGE 3 LINK HERE" /></td>
  </tr>
</table>

That's it. Now, your images will appear side by side in your blog post. See the code working here:-

Preview Image 1
Image 1
Preview Image 2
Image 2
Preview Image 3
Image 3

Customize

  • You can change the size of image by changing the value in height and width. 
  • If you want to add more images in one line then just copy and paste the <td> code.
  • If you want to add link to your image then click on your image in compose mode and then click on 'Link' in toolbar.

Align images in blog


If you want to align 2 or more images in your blog on homepage then just copy the code above and paste it in 'HTML/Javascript' gadget.
Don't forget to change links in the code.

If you don't know how to add this gadget then follow these steps:-
  • Go to 'Layout'
  • Click 'Add a Gadget'
  • Select 'HTML/Javascript' gadget
  • Paste code
  • And save

You can always leave your issue in comments.

Embed Audio in Blogger

Blogging is easy with Blogger but still Blogger has limited tools to customize a blog. If you are good at HTML then you can do nearly everything in Blogger but for those who don't know anything about HTML, it gets tricky.

Tutes Inside- Embed Audio In Blogger

Blogger comes with limited gadgets okay very limited gadgets. People can not find good gadgets to make things a little easy for them and then they can not do anything other than searching for a way to make a gadget themselves on internet.

I do not know when Blogger is going to add some more cool gadgets to help people.

This article will cover everything about how to embed audio in blogger and how to make a button to download audio file from a blog.

Whether you want to embed audio in your blog or to make a downloadable button, you need to host your audio file first on any file hosting site.

Well, it's better to host your file on a paid hosting site if you have many audio files for better security.
Otherwise, you can host your files on dropbox.

How to host files on dropbox

Once you have the link of your audio file, you can use the link to embed audio on your blog or to make a downloadable button.

Embed audio file in Blogger


The easy way of embedding audio file in blogger is by using audio tag. Just copy this code and place it in your blog post or HTML/Javascript gadget to make your audio file playable on your blog.


<audio controls>
  <source src="myaudiofile.mp3" type="audio/mpeg">
</audio>

Don't forget to replace the link of audio file myaudiofile.mp3 to your link.
This is how the player will look like when you place this code in your blog.

See the code working here:-



If you want your audio file to play automatically once someone opens your blog or blog post then, you just need to place a piece of code autoplay
Just like this:-


<audio controls autoplay>
  <source src="myaudiofile.mp3" type="audio/mpeg">
</audio>

Please do not use autoplay feature as this will leave a bad impact on the traffic of your blog. People don't like sounds coming from a webpage all of a sudden.

Make audio downloadable


Now, the question is if your reader wants to download that audio from your blog then how they can do it?
The answer is pretty simple you make a download button and attach the link of audio file.

How to make animated buttons in blogger

This one is easy, right?

Working with Bigrock in Blogger

My last article was a how to tutorial and it nicely demonstrates how bloggers can add Godaddy domain to their blogger blog. So, I thought of making another how to tutorial for Bigrock users. This is going to be a simple tutorial also.

Tutes Inside- Working With Bigrock In Blogger


Adding a custom domain has its own value and I already explained it before also. In case you missed it:-

The need of custom domain explained

Not only the need but you should also be aware of the negative effects it can have on your blog. See the detailed article here:-

Changing web address of a blog

If you have a Godaddy domain then I'd suggest you to visit this article:-

Working with Godaddy in Blogger

While there are many domain registration sites, Bigrock is a famous name among new and professional bloggers.

Let's get started..

Steps to follow

1. Open Blogger in one tab and Bigrock in another

Tabs In Browser

2. In blogger, navigate to Settings > Basic > Publishing > +Setup a third party URL for your blog

Publishing Section In Blogger


3. Type in your custom domain like this

Typing Custom Domain

4. Click on 'Save' and you will see some error like this. Blogger will show you CNAME records with this error and you need to add them in Bigrock domain control panel.

Note:- Do not close or click anywhere until there is a step saying so.


CNAME Records Error In Blogger

5. Now, move to Bigrock
You will be seeing something like this after clicking on account option

Bigrock Control Panel

6. Click on the domain name and scroll down to DNS Management

Manage DNS Option

7. Click on 'Manage DNS' and a new window will pop up. It's not an ad and do not close it.

DNS Management Page In Bigrock

8. Now, click on 'CNAME Records' and add CNAME from Blogger shown in step 4. In 'Value' field click on the second radio button as shown in screenshot.

Adding First CNAME Record In DNS Management Page

9. Just like that add another CNAME record that Blogger gave you in step 4. There are 2 CNAME records in step 4 error and you must add them both. In 'Value' field click on the second radio button as shown in screenshot.

Adding Second CNAME Record In DNS Management Page

10. Now, click on 'A Records' and then click on 'Add a record'

Adding A Record

11. Here, you need to add 4 A records. These are the A records you need to add

216.239.32.21

216.239.34.21

216.239.36.21

216.239.38.21

Just copy these records and add them in A records section. Leave the host name blank and add all four A records like shown in screenshots

Adding First A Record

Adding Second A Record

Adding Third A Record

Adding Fourth A Record

12. Finally, you will be having all the records like this

All A Records In DNS Management Page

13. Go, back to blogger and click on 'Save'. It can take some time and if you are unable to save it then wait for some time.

14. Once, you can save reload the page and again go back to publishing section and then click on edit, mark the redirection box.

WWW Redirection Settings In Blogger

This is it. Now your custom domain has been added to your blog.





Setting up custom domain in blogger is easy but do not forget to mark the www settings in last step to avoid issues with www.

Please use the contact page if you face any issue.
Other than that you can leave any comment in comment box.

Happy blogging!

Working with Godaddy in Blogger

Godaddy comes in the list of top 10 domain registrars. Most of the people in India use Godaddy to register their domain. It's very easy and comes with a great user interface. Registering a domain is simple but the real work is making it work.

Tutes Inside- Working With Godaddy In Blogger

While I already explained the need of custom domain in blogger here,

Need of custom domain in blogger explained

Please see this article as this will help you in understanding what you should do after adding custom domain to your blog.

Changing web address of a blog

Without wasting more time let's get back to work. Please read all the steps before following them.
This is an easy to follow guide and I hope you would be able to add your custom domain in no time without making any mistake.

Steps to follow

1. Open Blogger in one tab and Godaddy in another tab of browser


Tabs Of Browser


2. Now, in blogger go to 'Settings' and select 'Basic', there in 'Publishing' section click on '+Setup third party URL for your blog'

Publishing Section In Blogger


3. Type in the custom domain you registered on Godaddy

Adding Custom Domain In Publishing Section

4. Click on 'Save' and you will see something like this

CNAME Records Error In Publishing Section


5. Now, blogger will show you CNAME records of your blog that you must add in your Godaddy DNS management page. Just leave the blogger window as it is.
Don't close any window or neither click on 'Save' until there is a step saying click on 'Save'.

6. Now, move to Godaddy window

7. On Godaddy domain management page you'll see something like this.

Godaddy Domain Management Page

8. Click on the settings gear icon and select manage dns.

Settings In Domain Management Page

9. You will see another page like this and there you need to click on 'Add'

DNS Management Page In Godaddy

10. After clicking on add you will see drop down box and there select 'CNAME' and click on 'Save'

Adding CNAME Record In Godaddy

11. After that you need to put your CNAME records in the window that will appear. Just copy the CNAME records from the blogger window and paste it in Godaddy window. If you are wondering which CNAME records then see step 4 and you will understand.

12. See how to add those CNAME records one by one through these screenshots:-

Adding www CNAME Record In Godaddy

Adding Unique Blog CNAME Record In Godaddy

13. Now, you need to add 4 A records. It's important to add A records as without A records your custom domain is not going to work correctly.

These are the A records you need to add

216.239.32.21
216.239.34.21
216.239.36.21
216.239.38.21

14. Adding A records is just like adding CNAME record. Just select A in the drop down box where we selected CNAME earlier in step 10.

Just type @ in 'Host' field and the above IP in 'Points to' field. See the screenshot:-

Adding A Record In Godaddy

Add all the A records by clicking on 'Add' button one by one.

15. When you are finished adding all the A records you should see something like this with all the 6 records you added.

List Of Records In Godaddy

16. Now, go back to blogger and click on 'Save'.

Saving Custom Domain Settings In Blogger

17. Now, your custom domain would be working but don't forget the final touch.
Reload blogger and again go back in 'Publishing' section and click on 'Edit' where you see your custom domain.

18. Then click on the check box which says 'Redirect myblog.com to www.myblog.com' and then click on 'Save'

Configuring www Redirect Settings In Blogger




Hopefully, you liked this easy guide.
Sorry for the long post I made sure I'm not missing any step so as to avoid any mistake.

Let me know if you added custom domain in one attempt with this guide or not.