Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How to Post

Since so many have said you are new to blogging, I thought I'd give a quick and dirty rundown on posting.

Go to the Dashboard or control panel, to allow you to start new posts. See the green cross? Click on it to start a new post.

Now you are taken to the page to create your post. Put in your subject, just as you do in an e-mail. There are features to add formatting.

To add a photo, click on the icon that looks like a scenic picture. It will walk you through the steps to add an image from your computer. It adds it at the top of your post, but you can either add all the pictures at the start of your post, then write, or copy and paste the pictures in where you want them to go. If you put the pictures in the center of the screen, the words don't wrap on the side, and you don't get the description with the picture.

To add an HTML link, click on the icon that is a chain with green below. It will come up with http: I find it easiest to copy and paste directly from the website. The thing I forget most is to put something between the link and the second brackets with the /a. Without something there, your link won't show up. Paste the link in there too, if you like. Put in the store name. Whatever you are sending us to, that is what should be in there.

To check the spelling in your post, hold down the control button on your keyboard and click the ABC button on the screen.

The bold -- b , italic -- i, and quotes -- ", are self-explanatory.

Another nice touch, to the right of the "writing pad" is a link that says "Preview". Click on that, and you can see how your post will look BEFORE it goes public. If you don't like the way it looks, click "Hide Preview", make the changes, and either click "Preview" again or "Publish Post".

Run out of time before you post? Click "Save as Draft" and the post will be ready for you to complete when you come back to it.

If you do post it, and you realize you've made an error? You can still go back to the dashboard, click on the name of the blog, and it will take you to a list of posts. You will see the name of the post, with an edit box in front of it. Click on that box, and you will be taken to the same screen you were in when you wrote the post originally.

I hope this helps! Any questions, feel free to write me.



Blogger Margaret Pittman/Heritage Yarns said...

Mary, thanks for posting this information. I've not had any experience with blogs and this helps tremendously.


11:35 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I am new to blogging and wonder if you could tell me why my posts have a little pencil at the end by the comments? I see no one else has that.

8:10 AM  
Blogger fiberfanatic said...

I believe it is so you can reply to the comment. Unfortunately, I can't get one to show up anywhere! grin

8:45 PM  

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