Finally we can get down to writing down your spiritual reflections and experiences.
In one of the previous posts – Keeping your blog healthy and alive! – I have talked about the importance of the “About” page. This is the first and the most important page (which should be in your menu) that you must write and publish because you want to set the “DNA” (focus, direction and scope) of your blog right from the start.
I have kept the post format in my private blogs as default post format (standard). To learn more about other kinds of post format, you can visit this page of WordPress.com Support – Post Formats.
Before you edit and re-publish your “About ” page (a default page already created and put in your menu), let’s have a brief understanding of the difference between a post and a page from the contents of this page provided by WordPress.com Support – Post vs. Page.
Pages, unlike blog posts, will not be displayed at the main content column. Usually I create pages to contain important contents and place them at the menu. Accessing the post and page screens allow you to write, edit and publish your pages and posts.
*With effect from March 2017, the page and post settings and update button had been moved to the right side instead of the usual left.
As the “About” page has already been created by default when you activated your theme, you may just edit the contents of it.
After you have logged into your account and entered your site, Click on “Pages”. Do not click on “Add” as we already have an “About” page by default and just need to access it to change its contents.
After clicking you will see all the pages that you have. Click on the vertical “…” symbol of the “About” page and then “Edit”.
You will be directed to the page screen. You can now edit your “About” page and when you have finished, click on “Update” and you may view how your new “About” page looks like by clicking “View Page”.
Your new “About” page will be saved and re-published. It is under the tab of “About” at your menu. If you want to make other changes, you can click on the edit below. Remember to click on “Update” to save after you have made your changes.
To learn how to create a new page, you can follow the steps from the contents of this page provided by WordPress.com Support – Pages. Besides your “About” page, you can create other pages that you want for your blog and add them to your menu as items if you wish.
To add your newly created page as an item in your menu, click on the “Menus” in your homepage, then the “+” sign.
Next, you can choose to add the your page as a menu item above or below another item, for illustration I click on “Add menu item below” the “About” page.
Choose the new page you have created (The new page which I had created is “Themes”) and click on “Add item”.
You will see that the new page now appears below the default “About” page. Click on “Save”.
You will see that your page will now appear at your menu as one of the tabs like this. To access to more functions of editing your pages, you can learn how to do so through your wp admin dashboard from this page of WordPress.com Support – Edit pages screen.
This WordPress.com Support page – Custom Menus – gives more details about how to add your pages and posts as items in your menu.
Next we will move on to creating posts.
Your blog posts will be displayed in the main content column and they can also be added as items in your menu. Usually you will have a default “Home” page which displays your posts with the latest at the top. I had deleted the “Home” page item in the menu of this blog, Secret place blogging, because it is redundant as my “About” page is set as my static home page and my posts are text links of my pages “Why online spiritual journaling?” and “Get started now”.
Let’s understand more about posts from the contents of this WordPress.com Support page – Posts.
You can classify your blog posts by categories and tags. What’s the difference? This WordPress.com Support page – Categories vs. Tags – explains it all. For all my private blog posts, I had only used categories to classify them.
When you enter your Blog posts menu in your home page by clicking on “Blog posts”, you will see a default blog post titled “First blog post” which had already been created.
You can edit this post by clicking on “Edit”.
Next, you can make the necessary changes – Retype your blog post title, post contents and delete away the default picture. When you are done, click on “Update” to save the changes. You can always classify a post by attaching a category to it (With effect from March 2017, the page and post settings and update button had been moved to the right side instead of the usual left).
Learn how to attach a category to your post at this WordPress.com Support page- Categories.
In my previous post – Menus and recommended widgets – I have recommended the Categories widget which will display your categories and give you quick access to the posts that you had classified under the categories.
After you have deleted the default picture at your default first blog post, you can also add a new image to your post. You can learn how to do this through the contents of this WordPress.com Support page – Adding images to posts or pages.
When you are writing your contents in your posts, you may need to create a link in the text (text links) such as the many links that I had created in my posts in blue to direct you to where to find the relevant information in this blog, Secret place blogging. This WordPress.com Support page – Links – clearly teaches you how to do it.
When you are done with your changes, remember to click on “Update” to save them.
Edit the default first blog post to be one of the introductory posts. Try writing and posting a few introductory posts under the category of “Introduction” in your blog before you post the official first post. For your official first post, you can even save it as a draft and schedule it to be posted on a certain date by following the steps being taught at this WordPress.com Support page – Schedule a post.
As the number of posts in your blog increases, you will see something like this in your Blog posts menu in your home page (An example from this blog, Secret place blogging). Besides the published posts, you will also see your unpublished drafts at the extreme right side in this Blog posts menu. To learn more about how to manage all your posts from this screen, visit this WordPress.com Support page – Edit posts screen.
There are just too many things to learn about writing and editing. The vast amount of information about this topic can be reached through this WordPress.com Support page – Topic: Writing and editing.
If you need any help on writing, publishing and editing, you can type in the search bar to search from the topics at WordPress.com Support Home page; Search the forums or add a new topic and wait for answers at WordPress.com forums.
The next post – Keep experimenting and learning – is the last post of the page – Get started now.
I hope you are already getting some momentum to launch your blog soon.