Sometimes the hardest part of blogging is simply getting started.
Blogs 4 You – U
Training Module #1 – The basics
Let’s get you on the road to
To start, open your Wordpress site at
www.wordpress.com, log in with your
password and go to your ‘my blogs’, click on
‘your blog name’ and then ‘dashboard’ – which
will be demonstrated in the next slide. Go
ahead, I’ll wait….
There are two ways to access your blog to post. First, on your blog page go
to your blog name in the upper left corner like the example on picture 1–
in this example the blog name is Blogs 4 You –U, then hold the mouse
over the name or single click and then the menu will reveal itself below,
like in example 2 on the next page.
Here in example 2 you see the drop down menu - now click on
Your dashboard should look something like this
(below) now click on Post.…
When making changes to an existing page or post, don’t forget to
‘UPDATE’ which really means ‘SAVE’ your changes. See update
tab on right.
Now update before you click on the View Tab at
the top to see your blog or view your changes
View page tab
Update 1st – then
Don’t panic if you forgot to update and instead, closed
the screen; the system automatically saves a draft.
Look for ‘draft’, then mouse over it, ‘edit’ will appear
below the draft title, click to open and then finish your
post, then UPDATE.
The second way to access your blog to add a post is to hold the
cursor over the W – the menu will drop down and show ‘New Post’
OR, by holding your cursor over
the ‘ W’ the option for ‘new post’
appears in the drop down menu.
This brings you to the post page.
Just follow the
Ready set go -
Now that you have had a refresher on accessing your
blog – either way you choose – go in, post (which
means write a blog post) on whatever you wish.
Remember that a post should be relatively short, this is
not the place for your thesis on world peace. Keep it
around 500 words, always add a good title, an image
(following the upcoming instructions), and
hyperlinks. Hyperlinks, will be covered in the next
training module, #2.
Back to the Dashboard and
inserting images into your post -
Because we all love pictures -
Click on Add Media
In upload files, then ‘select files’ to retrieve the
jpeg images from your desktop.
This screen will pop up revealing your desktop
files. Select the JPEG file you want to upload to
your blog and double click on it.
I clicked on the golden seal and it opened in my ‘insert media’ file.
I select it by clicking once, then insert into post. That picture will
now be stored in my ‘media library’ for future use.
Insert into post
Congratulations! You’ve completed
your first course on how to blog.
That should get you started for
now. Remember, practice makes
for more information.
Proceed to Module #2 - Hyperlinks.