New Quilts by Laurel blog home!!

I’m participating in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! Part of the lead-up to the actual blog hop itself was the opportunity to participate in small group blog critiques. I participated with Amanda at Gypsy Moon Quilt Co., Amanda at This Mom Quilts and Carol at Carol Lyles Shaw. I received some great feedback and suggestions, which I have incorporated into my new blog at Quilts By Laurel.com!

I’m going to leave all of my old posts up at this old address, but all my new posts will be at the new address. I hope all of my loyal followers will follow me over there! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

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Tech Stuff – Adding a Bloglovin’ follow widget to a WordPress.com blog

I’m departing from my usual quilting posts to give a little demo on adding a Bloglovin’ follow widget to a WordPress.com blog since Bloglovin’ doesn’t support WordPress.com blogs natively. I hope this helps someone! 🙂

First, create an account on Bloglovin’ and then go to the widgets page, which is pictured below.
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From this page, you’ll need the widget code (A) and a logo image file (B). I downloaded all the logos and then chose the one I liked the best. Click the link to get your widget code and you’ll get a popup as pictured below.
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Select everything in the box (C) and paste it into a text file for safekeeping while you’re working. You will the very first URL listed in that code, so find the first instance of https and copy that all the way to the end of the number before the quotation marks. My URL was https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/quiltsbylaurel-14248351, so yours should be similar.

Choose a logo image file and upload it to your WordPress.com media library and it will look as pictured below.
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Click the image you uploaded (D) and you will another screen as shown below.
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Copy the image URL (E) and paste that into your text file for safekeeping as well.

In your WordPress.com blog settings, choose Appearance and then Widgets to get to the screen pictured below.
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From there, add an Image widget and you’ll need to fill in the settings to customize it for your blog. You can see the settings I used in the image above. The image URL you saved will go in the Image URL blank and the URL from the Bloglovin’ widget code will go in the Link URL blank.

After you’ve filled in all the settings, save it and then have a look at your blog and you should have a Bloglovin’ follow widget similar to mine shown below (F).
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If you have any questions, please let me know and I can probably help you iron out any issues you might be having. 🙂