OK so after ordering google blogger for dummies book and many hours of internet searching I've finally got my html buttons done. Here is the link to the article that helped me as I'm sure there are others out there as confused as I was! Not only is the article fab (as is the rest of their blog which I'm gradually exploring) but when I emailed them with a question at 11pm last night I wasn't expecting to have the answer ready and waiting for me when I got up this morning! amazing!!
Here is the link:
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