MRR Blogging Instructions

Creating a post — the short version:
Scroll down for the more detailed version

1. Log in

2. Click on “+ New” at the top of the Dashboard

3. Create a self-explanatory title (e.g.,  Use “The Shitfux talk physics with Paul!” and not “Check this out!!!”)

4. Type or paste the main text of your post, keeping in mind whether you are in Visual or Text mode (check the tabs in the upper-right). Use Visual mode to add formatting, such as bold or italic text, and to create links in the text. Use Text mode to add or delete extra spaces between paragraphs.
Links should always be in bold text and open in a new window/tab.
— The first mention of the subject of your post should be in bold text.
— First mention of significant band names should be in ALL CAPS, record/book titles are italicized, and song titles are in “Quotes.”

5. Select the appropriate Categories for your post to go into. Don’t overdo it — check the bottom of other similar posts on the website to see which categories your post should go under.

6. Click “Save Draft” periodically, and always preview your post repeatedly  before clicking “Publish.” Be sure to test your links when previewing.
DO NOT CLICK PUBLISH if your post is not meant to go up immediately. Instead, save a draft and contact Paul, or click on “Edit” next to Publish immediately and choose the date and time your post should go up, then click “Schedule” and contact Paul.
— After you’ve clicked “Publish” or “Schedule” you will click “Update” after subsequent edits are made to the post — this includes changing the permalink, publish date/time, categories, etc.

7. To edit your post after it has been created, log in and click once on “Posts” on the left. Move your cursor under your post title and click “Edit.”

CREATING A BLOG POST ON MRR.COM — The detailed version

Go to the MRR login page at http://www.maximumrocknroll.com/wp-admin/ and log in!

You start at the Dashboard. Click the New Post button under Posts on the left (click Posts once if you don’t already see the options below it).

This puts you here:

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1. This the title that appears in large text at the top of your blog post. Make it a self-explanatory title  — e.g.,  Use “The Shitfux talk physics with Paul!” and not something vague like “Check this out!!!”

2. You can type the text of your blog here. Pay attention to whether you are in Visual or Text mode using the tabs in the upper-right (note that the image above says “HTML” but it should say “Text”). Use Visual mode to add formatting. The formatting buttons (bold, italic, underline, etc.) are pretty self-explanatory. (Please do not use the Paragraph drop down.) Use Text mode to add or delete extra spaces between paragraphs.

Text formatting guidelines:
Links should always be in bold text.
— The first mention of the subject of your post should be in bold text.
— First mention of significant band names should be in ALL CAPS, record/book titles are italicized, and song titles are in “Quotes.”
— For large blocks of quoted text, instead of using quote marks you should indent the text. This is most often used when pulling text from someone’s blog for Blog of the Week, or quoting from a book or essay, or song lyrics. Song lyrics should also be in italics. To do this, select the paragraph(s) and click the indent button (hover over the formatting buttons to find that one — it’s towards the end of the second row).

3. If you are copying and pasting the text from somewhere else be sure to use one of these two buttons. Use the “W” one if pasting from Word, otherwise use the “T” one. This way it will keep the same fonts as all of our other posts. [Click the Show/Hide Kitchen Sink button (3) to show the second row of buttons.]

4. To create a link: Select the link’s text in your blog then click this button. Always copy-and-paste the URL from the web so you know that it’s correct. It should always include “http://” at the beginning. Leave the Title field blank. Always check Open link in a new window/tab.

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PREVIEWING YOUR POST

At some point during this process it’s a good idea to click Save Draft so you don’t lose your work. Click the Preview to see what your blog will look like online.

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If you’re happy with what you see, you can go back to posting page, click Publish, and you are done! See your beautiful work on the front page of our website: maximumrocknroll.com.

Or, you can continue to add/edit text and preview again and again until it looks good to you.

POST-DATING or BACK-DATING YOUR POST

You can set your blog to appear at a later time/date by clicking Edit next to where it says “Publish immediately” above. The “Publish” button will change to say “Schedule”. Clicking that button means you’re done with your post and it will appear on the website at the time you set. Of course, as always, you can edit your post at any time before or after it is published.

You can also set the publish date to an earlier date. You may want to do this if, for example, you posted a Monday Photo Blog a day too late, but want to make it appear that it came out on Monday.

Please note: for the first five days after the new issue is posted, new blogs will be posted below the new issue post. After that, the blogs will go back into the order they were published, so the newer posts will pop to the top of the page.

Remember, you can always edit or delete your post after it is published; or instead of publishing it, you can save it as a draft and come back to it at any time.

MORE INSTRUCTIONS:

PLACING PHOTOS/IMAGES IN YOUR POST

ADDING A MUSIC TO YOUR POST