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Steps for Posting onto a Blog

January 22, 2020

 

 

Steps for Posting onto a Blog

 

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

 

 

After hearing about and reading the blogs of Deon Patrick Lyons, Abbie Johnson Taylor, and John Wesley Smith–all members of Behind Our Eyes, the international organization of writers with disabilities founded in 2006–I was inspired to initiate my own blog in January of 2013. Thus, as I begin my eighth year of my WORDWALK blog, I want to share with you the basic steps which I use each Wednesday to post onto my weekly blog, WORDWALK. Of course, other bloggers will achieve the same goal with somewhat different steps. (Word Press offers tutorials for the beginning blogger.)

 

Additionally, please keep in mind that I am not sharing how to set up a blog on Word Press. On January 19, 2013, a sighted friend assisted me in setting up my blog. After that afternoon, I have independently posted each week on my blog. Through the seven years of my posting, I have had to make changes periodically in my method of posting to flow with the changes made by Word Press.

 

Currently, I am into the tenth day of working with my new desktop computer which includes Windows 10, the 2019 version of Word, JAWS (speech program) 2019, and Kurzweil version 14. (Previously, I used Windows 7, Word 2013, JAWS 2018, and Kurzweil 13.) In recent years, as well as last Wednesday and tonight, I have followed the steps listed below to post onto my WORDWALK blog.

 

  1. Create your “to-be-posted” document in Word.
  2. Carefully edit and meticulously proofread your document numerous times.

 

IMPORTANT: Please understand that posting a piece onto a blog is considered publishing; thus, some sources will not consider a piece for publication if the piece has been posted onto a blog. If you want to submit your piece for publication elsewhere, you may prefer not to post the piece onto your blog.

 

  1. When you are totally satisfied with the document, save the document. (I save each of my documents while the document is in progress and at the end. I name each file to be posted with three segments.
  2. blog
  3. two digits for the year
  4. key word to identify the post

An example of a file name for one of my blog documents is: “blog19steps.”)

  1. Select the entire document with control key and the letter “a” key.
  2. Copy the document to your clipboard with the control key and the letter “c” key.

 

** Optional Step

  1. After closing Word, I, in recent months, next go to my Thunderbird e-mail program and paste the saved document from the clipboard into the text of an e-mail which I most often send to the Writers’ Partyline (e-mail list of Behind Our Eyes). In this way, I have another means of checking my document before posting onto my blog. If the document proofreads well in Thunderbird, I send this e-mail.

 

  1. On my computer’s desktop, I have the link to wordpress.com; I enter on this link. (While some participants of writers’ groups to which I belong use a paid version of Word Press, I have used only the free version of Word Press for these past seven years.)
  2. On the Word Press log-in screen, with forms mode on, I type in my e-mail or user name.
  3. When you next hit the tab key, you may here the direction to enter your password; however, do not enter your password until the next screen. (This quirk arose this past summer; just ignore this directive for your password at this point.)
  4. Hitting the tab key again, you will hear, “terms of service, link”; but just hit the tab key again to hear the “continue button,” at which point, you will hit the space bar to activate this button.

 

  1. On the next screen, you will hear “type in password, edit”: now is the time to type your password.
  2. When you hit the tab key, you will hear your password as asterisks only.
  3. With another hit of the tab key, you will hear “terms of service, link”; I just tab again to the log-in button which I activate with the space bar.

 

NOTE: I choose to avoid having my password saved; thus, I do the above steps each time I plan to post onto my blog; you may choose to do otherwise.

 

  1. The next screen is my Word Press administrative site.

On my Word Press admin, I hit the tab key about a dozen times until I hear “all posts” link; then, I know the next hit of the tab key will take me to where I want to be–the link for “add new.” I enter on the “add new” link.

 

NOTE: You may choose to find the “Add New” link by using the “find” option.

 

  1. Arriving at a new screen, I hear, “add title, edit; press enter for forms mode.” After hitting enter, I type the “title” which actually becomes the label for the link to this blog post. (Sometimes, I type this title/label the same as the title of my article/ or poem; sometimes I type a different label which a search engine could more readily find because the title of my piece will be printed with the piece as part of the pasted document.)
  2. After hitting the tab key, you will hear “rich text area, edit; type in text.” At this point, you need not type in the text of your document because you have saved your document onto the clipboard. All you will need to do is paste the document from the clipboard to this edit box with the control key and the letter “v” key. After pasting the document into the edit box, I pause a while at this point.
  3. Unless you wish to do more than I most often do, simply tab past the save text link, preview link, edit status button, edit visibility button, edit date and time button, move to trash button. Right after you hear the trash button, you will hear the “publish button.” Hurray! In recent months, I have had to use the enter key (rather than the space bar) to activate this “publish” button. For a few seconds, you will hear nothing from your computer; then, your speech program will begin reading information from your administrative page of Word Press. Congratulations! With your posting onto your blog completed, you can exit this administrative site.
  4. Back on my desktop, after a minute, I enter on the link for my WORDWALK blog site and then check that the post was successful.

 

Although this process may at first seem lengthy, only the writing and editing of your post will be lengthy. The actual posting can be easily accomplished in five minutes or less. Please keep in mind that I am not a “techy”: each time I successfully post onto my blog, I consider the action a small miracle! (Smile!) Basically, what I am saying is that if I can do this process of posting onto a blog, I am certain that you can also. Consider a blog! Good luck!

 

If you missed reading my blog post of last week, please continue reading after the end of this post because the January 15 post contained preliminary steps which you may find helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know by leaving a comment on this blog or e-mailing me at:

Ajm321kh@wi.rr.com

Please type “blogging question” in the subject line.

 

NEXT WEEK ON WORDWALK: On January 29, I plan to return to my typical other topics. Please read another WORDWALK next Wednesday night.

 

Happy blogging and blog reading!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow

 

January 22, 2020, Wednesday

 

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3 Comments
  1. Alice, thank you for mentioning me here. I’m glad I could inspire you. I’m sure those with screen reading technology on their computers will appreciate your instructions.

    • Hi, Abbie–How nice to have your comment and “like” on this particular post!

      Enjoy the weekend–Alice and Willow

  2. Thank you, Alice, for your clear and concise instructions for posting onto a blog. I will certainly follow it to the letter, if I get to the point of having my own preschool blog. I’m excited about the possibility!
    Wishing you and Willow a good week ahead!
    Love, Mary

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