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Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

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    As the title says, this is sort of a writing post. However, it's more of a "how to code your writing/images/other stuff for a blog" post.

    So often, people on my friends list will say stuff about how they forget how to put information in an lj-cut, or they'll say on their blogs that it's too complicated to post an image. So here is my contribution: all you need to know about posting art, icons, or writing to livejournal or to your blog.

    General information:
    Okay, so often you may want to hide your art or whatever behind a cut. I don't post much to Blogger, so I'm not sure exactly how you'd do that. However, on liverjournal, it's simple. Livejournal has a cut tag, explained in one of their FAQ posts. I'll explain it here too, just because redundancy is fun.
    <lj-cut text="this is what the link will say on your main page">
    Insert the stuff you want behind the cut here
    Change the blue text to what you need it to be.

    So, that's easy enough. Sometimes, though, you want to link to another journal, because you co-wrote whatever with them, or they made the icon base, or they made a brush. If you're on blogspot, it's going to have to be a link, and the code would be,
    <a href="the URL of whatever you're linking to goes here">This is what the link will say</a>

    however, on livejournal, you can also make shiney links to othe journals or communities, like [info]azsapphire or [info]newsie_icons
    The code for this is livejournal specific, much like cuts are. You would type
    <lj user="theirlivejournalusername"> for a user and
    <lj comm="theirlivejournalusername"> for a community.

    Again, change the blue text so that it's relevant to you.

    Icons and Images
    Okay, so first you have to have made the or the art, or have the image saved to a file. If you do not know how to make icons, I encourage you to go over to [info]icon_tutorial and look in their memories.

    Once you have the image and it's a file on your computer, you need to upload it to the internet. There are several sites designed for this, the one I use is Photobucket.

    Now, Photobucket can automatically give you the HTML code to post whatever image it is that you want to post. However, I'll tell you what it is, because a)redundancy is fun and b)I don't know whether other image hosts do this as well. The code for posting an image is as follows:

    <img src="The URL for where your picture is found" alt="a short description of your image in case the image doesn't load" border="0">

    The alt and border tags are not required, though they can be helpful.

    It is important that if you are posting an image, that you always uplaod this image yourself. Never simply take the URL from an image you saw somewhere and use it in your image code. It's generally not very polite.

    Okay, so you may want to do some fn stuff with your writing, such as bold, italics, underline, or coloured font.
    Bold, italic, and underline have simple enough codes.
    <b>Text</b> makes bold font.
    <i>Text</i> makes italic font.
    <u>Text</u> makes underlined font.

    You can also add Colors to your font. The site I linked to has useful information on codes for colours in HTML.
    <font color="#000000">Text</font> can change your font's colour.

    You can also change your font's size with the font tag.
    <font size=2>Text</font> will do this.

    Put together, a font tage would look like this:
    <font color="#000000" size=2>Text</font>

    I believe that's all. If you'd like to see anything added, please let me know.

    luv n' mushrooms,


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