It's not uncommon for people to post links on their blogs, but it can be troublesome when it directs someone away from your own blog and takes them elsewhere. Sometimes they end up clicking through a few links and losing track of where they started. Sometimes they just forget that they started elsewhere.
To keep this from happening, I wanted to pass along a little html secret I learned, which will allow you to post a link that will automatically open a new window, keeping your own blog open instead of replacing it.
In order to post the coding and keep it visible, I will replace the carrots < > with parentheses ( ). When you do this coding on your blog, be sure to replace any parentheses with carrots.
The following is what it looks like when you create a typical link:
You enter the name for where you want the link to lead, like so:
(a href="http://www.thewarriormuse.com/")The Warrior Muse(/a)
In order to change this coding so that you will not replace your blog page with another page, instead opening the link in a new window, you need to enter the following after the quotes that enclose the URL:
Your new code will look like this:
(a href="http://www.thewarriormuse.com/"target="_blank")The Warrior Muse(/a)
Don't forget to replace those parentheses with carrots (or whatever the heck those symbols are called.)
You won't get lost in the linky shuffle again if you use this little tip!
May you find your Muse.