The 10th annual Homeschool Blog Awards and our new look

As promised, we’re back with a new look and all the details on the much-anticipated 10th annual Homeschool Blog Awards!  We hope you are as excited about it as we are!

You can find all of the important information about the Awards on our special page that will be updated throughout the Awards season.  Nominations are quickly approaching, beginning October 6.  Is your blog ready?  Check out all of the categories and begin to think about your favorite blogs (and your own blog) so you will be ready to participate when the nominations open.

HSBA Information

We hope you will help us spread the word through your own social networks and homeschool groups.  We would love to see the 10th annual Awards be the biggest and best yet.  We hope it blesses the homeschool community in a big way!

Navigation on the site has changed a little.  You’ll find excerpts of our most recent posts on the home page.  At the top and bottom of the pages and posts you’ll find our social media links.  You can also navigate by using the search box and most recent posts links in the sidebar, or the categories and most popular posts in the footer.  Awards info is easy to find at the top menu and on the home page.  The Homeschool Post has been around since 2006 and there are many goodies to read in our archives as well.  We hope this layout will make reading easy for you.

 

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Sara (27 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Styling Your Text Blocks: Fun with CSS

If you’re a homeschooler, but not a blogger, I’ll save you some time and let you know you can skip this post. We normally focus our posts on encouraging homeschoolers. Since we host the Homeschool Blog Awards, I thought it would be fun to throw a post out just for the great homeschool bloggers.

Styling Your Text Blocks

You don’t need to know complicated code, or mess with your template, to make your posts POP!

One way to make your posts stand out is to use styled text blocks.

Blockquotes are one example of stylized text blocks. The style is declared in the external stylesheet.css file located with our theme.

But you don’t have to alter that file just to make some text stand out! You can use inline CSS as your writing your post – ON THE FLY!

Step One

First you need to identify the text you want highlighted. Is it a whole paragraph or just a small snippet (like a quote)?

Click over to your text only tab (or HTML tab), so you’re looking at the code behind your post, instead of the WYSIWYG version.

Find your text and wrap it in <div></div> tags. That means put <div> before your text, and </div> after your text.

Now that you’ve set your text apart, made it special by giving it a div of its own, it’s time to style it!

Step Two

There are five main attributes you will probably want to style.

  • Font Color – color: #00cc00;
  • Font Size – (pixels, em, or %) font-size: 125%;
  • Background –  (you can even use images!) background: #ffcc00;
  • Border – (size, solid/dashed/dotted, color) border: 2px dashed #ff9933;
  • Size – width & height – width: 300px; height: auto;

CSS lets you customize just about everything. These are just five of the most styled attributes.

Each attribute needs to be listed with a colon, followed by the style you want, ending with a semicolon. List them all out like this:

<div style=”color: #00cc00; font-size: 125%; background: #ffcc00; border: 2px dashed #ff9933; width: 300px; height: auto;”>This is my special text. I want to make it really stand out! </div>

It should appear like this, once you click back to visual:

This is my special text. I want to make it really stand out!

I know I picked some pretty rowdy colors, but I think they make my point! VisiBone has an easy HTML color code chart to help you pick what code to use.

Inline CSS styling is a quick and easy way to add some pizazz to your posts!


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Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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