If you've ever followed a blog hop, you may have noticed that each stop is often linked to the blog's general address rather than to the specific hop post. (My general address is www.dominodebi.typad.com, for example.) This can be troublesome if you want to follow the hop at a later date, because now you have to scroll through each blogger's subsequently published content.
Another example of not being able to find something is when you follow a link to a post that was published two years ago... only to find yourself arriving at the blog's home page and not the specific post.
Oh, the humanity!
If the blogger had linked to the specific post's permalink, you would have landed right on target - even if that post was published a year ago.
Which brings me to the reason for today's post. I'm going to school y'all in permalinks!
A permalink is a post's specific web address, and it's created as soon as you give your post a title. Where to find your post's permalink depends on your blog provider. Since most people use either Typepad or Blogger, that's what I'm going to cover. If you have another blog provider, leave a comment, and I'll update this post once I've researched it.
We'll start with Typepad since I'm here.
I N T Y P E P A D
Typepad's permalink is almost impossible to miss because you will always find it immediately beneath your title field, and it's clearly labeled Permalink:
All you have to do is highlight the permalink, copy it, and paste it wherever you like. (Start highlighting at the http://.)
Here's what it looks like when I copy and paste this post's permalink:
When I recently participated in the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop, I provided my post's permalink to Tami at Hero Arts so she could write (in advance) the opening day's post with a link to my specific hop post:
rather than to my general address: www.dominodebi.typad.com.
I N B L O G G E R
Finding your post's permalink in Blogger is also easy!
The permalink can be found in the column directly to the right of your writing field - third choice from the top. Check it out:
All you have to do is click on the permalink icon, and you'll see this:
Just copy-and-paste, chicas! I've copied it, and now I'm going to paste it right here:
Just click Done when you're finished.
(Ignore the Custom Permalink option. We don't need to mess with that for our purposes.)
And that's it!
Your assignment (if you choose to accept it) is to go back to your blog and write a post that tells the world that you have conquered the Mystery of the Permalink! Before you publish your post, come back here and paste its permalink in a comment. If you do this at least once - now, while the information is fresh - you'll own that knowledge forever! (You don't have to publish the post unless you want to, of course.)
I hope everyone will use their posts' permalinks when providing links in the future, so we can all find what we want on the Web!
Thanks for stopping, and have a blessed day!