Blogger Adds New Labels Options

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As I wrote on Sunday, as part of Blogger’s 10th birthday they are creating gifts for their users and plan on rolling out new features.  One such feature debuted today: new label options including the ability to organize labels into a cloud and to include/exclude certain labels.

Some readers of Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers may remember that a method of creating a label cloud was posted back in September 2008.  The result, as shown below, is very elegant but involves editing the template and working with html code.

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Here is how you can access the new Labels gadget options in Blogger and how the end result appears:

  • Sign in at Blogger.
  • The Dashboard will appear.  Click Layout.  The Layout tab appears.blogger labels 02
  • Click Add a Gadget.  The Add a Gadget dialog appears.blogger labels 03
  • Use the scroll bar to scroll down and locate Labels.  Click Labels and the Configure Labels dialog appears.blogger labels 04
  • The new options now include the ability to only show select labels (Show: All Labels or Selected Labels) and to display the labels in a list or a cloud (Display: List or Cloud).  Select the options you want and click Save.
  • Then click View Blog to see how your Labels gadget appears on your blog.  Below is how the new options appear.blogger labels 05

While these are nice features, I somehow feel that my earlier Label cloud which required tampering with the template and using HTML code is a bit more elegant.  It has the flexibility of having different shades of color depending on how many or how few labels exist.  It also lets me set the point size for the font with a max and a min range.  But the new Google options offer some welcome flexibiity especially when you want to exclude certain labels.

UPDATE: it seems that the folks at Blogger Buster have posted a “how to” on customizing the Label Cloud feature which includes changing the font color and font size.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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