Step 1: Create an account
If you haven’t used worpdress before, you’ll need to create a new account. Find the email invitation from wordpress and follow its instructions. Because this blog is public to the world, decide if you’d like to use a pseudonym as your user name. When you create your account wordpress will suggest you create your own blog, be sure to skip this step and just contribute to this blog unless you’d like a blog for your own purposes outside of this class.
Step 2: Logging in
Once you have an account, log in by scrolling to the menu at the bottom of the home page for this site. Under “Meta” you’ll see an option to log in. [The image says log out because I’m already logged in].
Step 3: Getting to the administrative interface (dashboard)
Once you are logged in you’ll see a dark grey menu that runs across the top of the page. I’d like you to use the dashboard, located under “Liberal Arts at the Brink” so that you can categorize and tag your post and so you become more familiar with wordpress as an author. (Add new post is sometimes glitchy and doesn’t let you categorize.)
Step 4: Creating a post
Write your content in the box. The default box is “visual” which means you can use a rich text editor (bold, italics, bullets buttons) and what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG). If you’d like to practice your html, switch tabs at the top of the window to “text.” [e.g., <strong>this would be bold</strong>]
Step 5: Creating a title
Choose a title that will help a wide range of readers (not only readers in the course) understand what the post is about and how it is different from other posts on the same topic. That is to say, try to avoid leaving the post untitled, titling it as the name of the question or prompt, or titling it with a number. Titling is not always easy, but practicing the creation of a good title will help you focus your ideas and your writing.
Step 6: Categorize your post
All content on the site (apart from pages) is constructed by posts. Without categories it would be one long series of a bunch of stuff. Categories are used, on this site, to organize content into pages. When you are submitting a post for the Reflection assignments, use the category reflection, for the Provocation assignment, use the category provocation. For your first test post, use reflection.
Step 7: Tag your post
What keywords (search terms) could someone use to find this post later? Type those in the tags box and click ‘”add.” The tags box is just below the categories box.
Step 8: Publish!
Click the blue button. If you’d like a particular post to remain private to readers you choose, you can change its visibility and password protect it.