This week you will be given access to a private practice blog, hosted by #SciFund Challenge, so you can get started with blogging. Access to the blog (both in terms of reading and writing) is restricted to just participants in this self-guided class, so you can fearlessly practice blogging without concern of the whole world knowing. Additionally, we frequently erase participant-created material on the blog, so you don’t need to worry about your practice blog posts sticking around. How do you gain access to this practice blog? Contact Jai Ranganathan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anthony Salvagno (email@example.com).
When you visit the practice blog, you’ll be taken to a login page, where you should login. You should next see the “public” content screen of the blog (which, again, very few people are permitted to see). At the very top left of your web page you’ll see the WordPress admin bar (look for the red rectangle in the upper left of the image below). From here you can navigate to the administration side of WordPress by pointing your mouse at the blog name and clicking “Dashboard” from the dropdown menu.:
You’ll should now be in the WordPress Dashboard for the blog:
To create a new post, navigate to “Posts” on the left panel and click “New Post” from the dropdown menu (see red box on the left side in the image above). You will automatically be taken to the post editing page. You can also create a new post, no matter where you are on the practice blog, by clicking “Post” from the dropdown menu under “+ New” in the Admin bar at the top of your web page.
The New Post composition page looks like this:
From here you are all ready to construct your first blog post, so let’s get to it!