Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How to Post on the Course Blog


This is how to make a post on the course blog:

1. You need to make sure that you've logged on to Blogger as the person who has the permission to make posts (i.e. using the ID you used when you accepted the invitation to become an author).

2. Then when you access the blog, you'll see a link (in small, light-blue letters) at the top of the page called 'New Post'. Click on that link and you'll see a text box that looks like this:




I'm in the 'Compose' function right now, but if you wanted to do fancy things with html, you'd click on the 'Edit HTML' tab instead. 'Compose' works fine for most of the things you might want to do.

3. You can either write directly into the text box, or copy and paste your text from, say, a Word document.

The tools in the bar at the top of the text box are fairly standard - you use them to change the formatting of your text after it's in the text box.

4. You'll notice too that I've included a picture in the middle of the text (that's the screenshot of what a post looks like). One of the tools at the top of the Compose page looks like a picture in a frame. Click on that and you'll go through the process of uploading and publishing your graphic to the blog.

5. Blogger saves your draft text automatically at fairly short intervals (the Save Now button goes dark when everything's been saved). When you're ready, though, you could click on the Preview button for a last check on what it looks like … and then you click Publish Post when you're ready.

6. If you notice something you want to change even after you've posted your Blog Post, as an author you can access all the posts on a blog when you log on. If you click on the 'Posts' option, you'll see them all, and then you'll see a sub-menu under each post name, if you hold your cursor over the title of the post. One of the options there is 'Edit'. There is an easier way to do it, though. If you click on the little pen at the bottom of your post in the blog, you come straight back to this Edit page. When you've finished editing, just click on the orange 'Update' button at the top of the page.

Don't forget to add your name to your Blog Post!

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