Help: write a post
How do I start blogging?
Write your first post by going to your dashboard and clicking on the Write a post button. That will take you straight to the Write a post page on your blog.
How do I write my first post?
The first thing to do is give your post a title. It doesn’t have to be long – it just needs to grab readers’ attention and let them know what the post is about.
(The red asterisk means mandatory field – you’ll see them around the site. They mean you have to fill in this field before you can save the post.)
After you add your title, there’s a field for you to add your post. Posts can be as long as you like. As you write, the little box just keeps on a scrolling.
How do I add pictures and gifs?
To add pictures and gifs into posts, you need to click on the Add media button and upload a file. Files can be .jpeg, .png or .gif and must be smaller than 100 MB. If you need to resize or process images, do it in another application like Paint or Photoshop. When you upload an image, it’s added to your blog’s unique media library. Find out more about adding images, videos and gifs on this help page.
Once you’ve uploaded an image to a blog, you can use it as many times as you like. If you want to access the image on a different blog, you’ll have to add it again, as each blog has its own media library.
How do I format text in my post?
Just below the Add media button, you’ll see a row of symbols – you may have seen them before in programs like Word. This is called the wysiwyg (pronounced ‘wizzywig’) menu, and it literally stands for What You See Is What You Get. This view lets you see a preview of how your post will look when you publish the page. Below is a list of the formatting you can do.
In order from left to right:
- Dot points (bulleted list)
- Numbered list
- Indented quote
- Right aligned
- Left aligned
- Add link (works after you have highlighted the text where you want the link to go)
- Break link (works on highlighted text as well)
- and the others aren’t that useful so let’s stop there.
Can I add spoiler tags to my posts?
Yes! To hide spoilers in a post, select the text that includes spoilers and highlight it. Then go to the wysiwyg Paragraph menu and choose the Spoiler option.
You can also add the code below in square brackets around the text you want to hide in the post itself. (This is the only way you can add spoilers in comments.)
It will look like this after you save and publish – Your spoiler-y writing here.
The text between the spoiler tags will be blurred unless your reader hovers over the text. If you forget how to add spoilers, there’s a reminder of what to do in the comments area at the end of published posts.
What’s a post description and do I need one?
Your post description is the text that appears with your post around the site, like the home page, the trending page and your blog home page. If you don’t add text in this field, the first 20 words or so of your post appear as the description. This might be ok, but your description is an important way to get people clicking on and reading your work. If you’re not sure what to write, add a sentence or two summarising your post.
Do I need a featured image?
Yes. It’s a really good idea to have featured images on your posts. The image below shows how featured images appear around the site.
To add a featured image, click on Add image and upload a JPEG, PNG or GIF file. You can add or change your featured image anytime.
What is post status?
You can choose to save your post as a draft or publish it straight away – that’s the post status. If you accidentally publish a draft, you can always switch it back. Contributors can see draft and published posts. but they can’t make changes or publish your work – only you can do that.
Why should I link my post to books and authors?
This site is built around a database of 4000+ YA books and authors. Every one of them has a book or author page. You can follow books and authors to see new posts written about them in your feed. If you link your post to a book or author, your post will also appear on these pages.
So if you link to the Harry Potter Series, your post will appear on the Harry Potter Series book page.
Linking to books and authors helps people find out more about a book or author they’re interested in, and it will get you more readers too.
To link to a book or author, start typing their name or book title into the box and a list of titles/names will appear for you to choose from. If what you’re looking for doesn’t come up, that means it’s not in our database. If this happens, fill in the form and tell us what you’d like to see. We’ll do our best to add it.
What kinds of tags can I use?
Tags help people to find writing on a particular topic. You can start typing in the box and our list of around 250 tags will appear for you to choose from. We’re not adding any new tags at this stage but there’s still a lot to choose from.
Who can comment on my post?
If you check the Allow comments box, then anyone who is logged in can comment on your post. If you don’t want comments, uncheck the box. If you ever find you aren’t comfortable with a comment on your blog, turn off comments and report the comment using the Report comment link. Find our more about staying safe online on this help page.
Now you know about the mechanics of blogging, here are some tips on how to write great blog posts.
If you haven’t already, you could also:
Help is always in there when you need it, at the top of every page on the site.