[FYI: This guide will also be distributed by email shortly.]
Thanks for a great meeting last week and for the enthusiastic exchange of ideas. I wanted to distribute some basic information about how to get going with the CIMMSE blog so that we can continue our collaboration online. Here is how you can get up and running if you haven’t done so already:
Creating an account:
Go to www.wordpress.com and create an account for yourself. This page provides a very clear guide (with a video tutorial) on how to do that: http://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/. You will need to complete steps 1 through 6, selecting “just a username” for step 6.
Subscribing to the blog
If you would like to receive email notification of new blog posts, please subscribe to the CIMMSE blog using the subscription widget at the bottom of the sidebar along the right-hand column of the home page (https://cimmse.wordpress.com). You will get an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Once you click on the link in that email, you will receive a message every time a new blog post is added.
If you prefer to use an RSS feed to view CIMMSE posts, simply paste the blog’s address into your RSS reader and hit “subscribe.”
Authoring a new post
If you’d like to create a post to share some information with the group, go to Posts > Add New from the dashboard or use the New Post link in the gray admin bar shown at the top of WordPress.com pages while you are logged in. Once you are ready to publish your post, please tag it with the appropriate category. Each category can be checked of individually and they are found in the box below the “Publish” button in the online post editor. Please see screenshot below of the post editor as a reference.
Commenting on an existing post
If you’d like to comment on an existing post, scroll down to the bottom of the post and click on “Leave a comment.” If comments have already been posted, the text for this hyperlink will change to read “1 comment” or “2 comments,” and so on.
Lastly, if you have any technical questions about how to use wordpress.com, feel free to email me. Also, WordPress has an extensive and clear database of help documents and FAQs, which can be found at: http://en.support.wordpress.com/.