Of late few people were landing in this blog trying to find out how to blog in Kannada (or other regional languages like Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam for that matter).
This post gives some basic information related to writing in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil etc and is for the benefit of such individuals who want to blog (or just type) in regional languages. Those who are already aware of this please ignore this post (will be good if you can read and give extra tips, if any...)
Now onwards I’ll be giving instructions keeping Kannada language in mind. Similar steps can be used for other languages.
How do I blog in Kannada? ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ಲ್ಲಾಗು ಬರೆಯುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ?
First, register and start a blog with blogger or wordpress etc. These popular hosts will not provide a plug-in or utility to type your content in regional languages and you’ll have to relay on third party applications/websites to type in Kannada.
Now comes three aspects:
A. You just want to publish one post in Kannada language with Kannada script
For this, you just need to type in Kannada somewhere and copy paste the text in the content box of new post.
If you have installed softwares like Baraha and Nudi, life will be much easier. You can type and save your writing at your convenience and publish when you want, by copy pasting the kannada character into blog new post page. (unicode characters can be easily copy pasted under web 2.0 platform...)
In case you’re accessing net from a system where you can’t install Baraha or Nudi or don’t want to do that each time, you can make use of web pages which allow you to do that: I like two such pages: One: http://service.vishalon.net/pramukhtypepad.htm or http://www.quillpad.com/kannada/ (both of these support several other regional languages including Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu etc)(Quillpad has improved a lot in past few months. Now it is possible to type Kannada English combination). Type your content here and then copy paste in blogger. In case you want to save it, send it to your gmail Id by mail.
Use this approach wherever you want to put Kannada characters-Orkut scrapbook/comments in other blogs etc..
B. You want to change entire blog layout with Kannada
Simple. For title, you can consider designing a good banner with blog title, image, description and then save this as a jpg image. From blogger dashboard, nagivate to template-Title, replace tittle with above image.
For other places (like to replace comments with “tippani” ಟಿಪ್ಪಣಿ, ಲೇಖಕರು, ವರ್ಗ etc) go to templates-edit the "posts" box, look for place where comments is there and replace it with Kannada word (type them first elsewhere as described in step A above).
Hope this helps.
Also read: SEO for regional language bloggers