Wednesday, 2 September 2009

How to post an entry to a blog as a contributor

This post is especially for Marlon, who claims to be an IT novice.

To be able to blog here, you first need to be a legitimate 'contributor'. Scroll further down this page, and on the left column check if your name appears under Contributors. If it doesn't, you haven't accepted my invitation sent a couple of months back. Check your mail, but if you can't find it, let me know and I'll reissue one.

Once you're a contributor, you're allowed to post at any time. On the top right of this blog, you should see your email, followed by 'New Post'. Click on this.
Choose an appropriate title. The title (and the content, for that matter) should not only be eye-catching, but also SEO friendly.

If you want the title to link to another website, write the full url in LINK, otherwise leave it blank.

On the top right of the posting form, there is a choice of 'Edit Html' or 'Compose'. For basic editing, choose the latter.

Start typing in the main body of the posting form. I'd recommend writing in Notepad (not WORD) first, then copy & paste after you've proofread your article a couple of times. Once you've done that, you can fine-tune it.

It's very much like writing a simple document. You can put words in bold (clicking on the 'b' at the form header or CTRL B) or in italic (i or CTRL i). You can also change the text colour, justify your post, or insert numbered and bulleted lists.

To insert a link, highlight the word or phrase you want the link to work on, then click on the hyperlink icon. Write the url in the pop up menu which appears.

You can also add images or videos to your posts by clicking on the appropriate icons.
When you've completed all the editing, it's time to tag some labels to your post. Labels help visitors (and search engines) find posts within the blog. Near the bottom right of the form, click on 'show all' to see the list of all currently used labels. Click on those which best describe your post. You can add more labels if none of the current ones are appropriate. Multi labels are separated by commas.

If you want to publish you post at a future time rather than right away, use the 'post options' at the bottom left to change the date or time. If the post needs more editing, you can select 'save now'; otherwise, click on 'publish post' and the post will be available immediately.
If you still have problems after reading this, email me or post a comment, and I'll try to help.

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