First, go to your Blogger Dashboard, go to the Settings tab, and select the Formatting link. Find the "Convert line breaks" setting (presently the seventh setting), set it to "Yes", and click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page.
Creating a new Post
When you create a new post, be sure to select the Edit HTML tab. Your text will appear in the Courier monospaced (typewriter-like) font.
Start the text you want in boldface with a <b> tag, and end it with a </b> tag.
Appears as: boldface
Use <i> and </i> for italics, <u> and </u> for underline, and <s> and </s> for
You can use the <blockquote> and </blockquote> tags to create an indented block quotation. Put the <blockquote> tag before the quotation and the </blockquote> after the quotation.
HTML: <blockquote>When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag and carrying a cross. —Sinclair Lewis</blockquote> See how easy it is?
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag and carrying a cross. —Sinclair LewisSee how easy it is?
The most complicated tag you'll need to use is called (for stupid historical reasons) the "anchor" tag. The anchor tag has the general form:
<a href="[url]">[link text]</a>The [url] is the http://yada.yada.com/yada/yada?yada=yada type stuff you see in the address bar of your browser when you visit a page. You need the entire URL, including the "http://" part. The [link text] is the text the user will see; it'll (typically) be blue and underlined.
HTML: <a href="http://jamesfelliott.blogspot.com/">Often Right, Rarely Correct</a>
Appears as: Often Right, Rarely Correct
I usually find it easier to write the tags and the link text first, and then paste the URL between the quotation marks.
Step 1: <a href="">Often Right, Rarely Correct</a>
Step 2: <a href="http://jamesfelliott.blogspot.com/">Often Right, Rarely Correct</a>
If you want to do anything fancier, you can write your post in the Edit HTML mode and then use Compose to change fonts, add images, etc. Before using Compose, make sure all the URLs for your links are filled in; if you don't, Compose will fill them in for you, and do it wrong. I used Compose to make all the HTML commands in the Courier font.