Setting Up A Blog & Podcasting

Learn to Podcast! podcast-guide

Please read and follow the detailed instructions below.

Link to free online conversion

My Blog Thinglink

Article:  11 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog Today

Link to getting started: Get Published on WordPress

WordPress Support

STEP 1: Create a blog at – http://www.wordpress.com -or- sign up link

  1. You will be prompted to name your blog, add contact information (email), username and a password
    1. Keep it professional and simple, use “your name”; “photo student”; or “your name” + “photography” (for example, http://www.janedoephotostudent.wordpress.com  -or- johndoephotography.wordpress.com)
  2. Click, create blog
  3. Verify your blog. Open your email > Click, confirm

STEP 2: Now your blog should be active

  1. Open your site.
  2. Add a new post. Hold curser over the Posts Icon (under Dashboard, on the left side of the screen) > your will have five options, choose Add New >  a new window will open and prompt you to write a title (on the top) and the body of your post, start with something simple, for example, Hello World > Click, publish (on right side of the screen in Blue) You may also include Media, (we will review that as well).

STEP 3: Customizing your blog – design & edit from the dashboard option.

  1. View and choose a Theme (template).
    1. Go to “appearance” and select a template for your blog.  Choose a simple, clean, design and keep your colors to a maximum of three. You can preview the template before activating it. (Note: as a free user, you are limited to many of the settings of the template.)
  2. Upload one of your photos into the header space. The template will only allow you to select a portion of image, so think of an interesting image that will work well in this context, you may be prompted to crop the image.
  3. Your header text might overlay the photo, so select an appropriate color for the text to show on top of the photo. You can also turn that option off as well on most templates.

STEP 4: Establish categories

  1. Establish categories that will appear on your side panel.

STEP 5:  Create pages

  1. To add a New Page, Click Add New, from the drop down menu (on the left side of the dashboard)
  2. Add a link back to our class blog, http://www.digitalmindsphotography.com 
  3. Make sure that your links show up in the side column bar.
    1. Create a page called, “Sites of Interest” or “Cool Links” – a list of photography related sites of interest. Include a sentence or two with a brief description of each link next to the link title.

STEP 6: Create a page entitled: About

  1. Write a brief synopsis describing yourself and the focus of your blog.

STEP 7: Create a page entitled: Contact

  1. include your email address and other contact info, for example, links to your other website or web gallery to showcase your work.

STEP 8: Add Media

  1. Add media content – images, sound and video to your blog

STEP 9: Add New Users to your blog:

  1. To add a user to your blog, Click Users > Invite New > add User name or email address, where prompted > Choose Role from a pull down menu that will appear (Contributor, Author, Editor, Administrator or Follower) User Roles > if necessary add a message > Click, Send Invitation.
  2. Individuals must follow the instructions emailed to begin their role on the blog.

STEP 10: Now – Get to work!

  1. Keep your camera with you at all times and shoot!
  2. Bring your cameras or memory cards into class, and we will edit them together
  3. I will share my comments and observations with you.

STEP 11:  OptionalCreate a free account to manage your images at – http://www.flickr.com -or- www.photobucket.com

  1. Upload your photos to your account to manage and store them. It is easy to link or upload them to wordpress.
  2. You may keep them on your hard drive and upload them from there as well.
  3. If you will be creating your blog using digital camera images, then make a web version of your file that will be at 100 dpi, and about 4×6″ (400 x 600 pixels)

To send the images from flickr to your blog: You can also set up your flicker account so you have Collections and Sets then attach a link to your work in a Gallery page.

  1. You can then select an image on your flickr page, and select “blog this” and send it to your blog on wordpress.
  2. You have the option to do writing at this stage within flickr but I think it’s best to do your writing within wordpress because you have the option to “save and continue editing” and you might lose your server connection with flickr.
  3. Very important, when you create your posts, you will have the option to allow comments or not. Please disallow any comments for this class project. Uncheck the box under discussion which says allow comments.
  4. Also, under the Options tab, go to “discussion” and there is a global checkbox choice for comments there also, so you can make it your default selection to disallow comments.
  5. When class is over, then you can enable it again.
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