Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Did you ever press the enter key with the hopes of entering an empty line, only to have it not render? Have you tried to arrange things on your blog post and it just doesn’t fall in to the right place? These are annoying problems that take up valuable time in our busy day.
Our blogging platforms translate our text and commands to HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Every once in a while, the platform gets flummoxed (technical term) and it does not translate in to code properly. Knowing a little bit of HTML can help you easily overcome this minor setback.
One of the first things to understand is that empty or white space in HTML is meaningless. So in the HTML view of your blog, you can press enter all day long and it will not mean a thing. The spaces you see are put in for human readability and your computer, browser, and the Internet could not care less.
One error that I encounter often is the blank line not show up on your webpage after pressing enter. To fix this problem all you need to do is switch to the HTML view in your blogging platform, find where the empty line should go and type, <br />
. This is the code that your platform is trying but not succeeding in entering for you.
Another issue I encounter is not being able to bold or italicize text. Again, switch to the HTML editor in your blogging platform and find the text you would like to alter. For bold, all you need to do is put <strong>
before the text and </strong>
after the text. Italicizing is done much the same way only using <em>
These are just two examples of the thousands of things you can do you with HTML and CSS. Doing a simple Internet search of HTML for bloggers
will give you a wealth of information on HTML and the other implications it has for bloggers. You can also inexpensively purchase a used HTML for beginners book on the Internet. I just found one on a popular bookseller’s website for 24 cents plus shipping.
Having some HTML in your pocket will increase your effectiveness as a blogger and can free up your time for the more pressing issues that arise during your day.