How to Contribute New Posts to Bike Michiana

 

Many websites and blogs are hosted by WordPress, and there is a central log in system. Bike Michiana is one such site; to author new content on the Bike Michiana site you will need to join WordPress and be specifically added to the Contributor list for Bike Michiana.

How to join WordPress and Become a Contributor for Bike Michiana

  1. Scroll down the right side bar to “Log in” and click. This will open up the Word Press log in page.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Get a free Word Press Account.”
  3. Complete the Word Press form and check “Just a user name please”; click “Next”
  4. You will receive a confirmation email from WordPress that your account has been activated.
  5. Once you receive this email notify Bike Michiana at bikemichiana@gmail.com. Include the email address that you used to sign up for WorkPress.
  6. Your information will be reviewed by Bike Michiana site administrators, who will then most likely approve you to be a “Contributor”. You will receive an email confirmation.

Note: If you already have a WordPress account, just send an email to bikemichiana@gmail.com and express your desire to become a Contributor; include the email address you used to join WordPress in your message.

To contribute a new post (once you become a “Contributor”):

  1. Go to the Bike Michiana web site.
  2. In the right hand column scroll down to bottom and click “Log in”.
  3. At the top bar, click on “Write a New Post.”
  4. Complete the title box and add your text in the box below; click submit.
  5. Your posting will be reviewed by the site Administrator or Editors and added to the page. Minor changes in text or spelling are made at the discretion of the Administrator or Editors. If major changes resulting in a difference in the tone or content of your posting are suggested, you will be contacted by Administrators before those changes are made.

Please follow these guidelines when posting:

– Use the “more” feature to break your post with “Read the rest of this entry »” if it is more than a few sentences long; this is to keep individual posts from dominating the main page.

– Pictures are great, but keep file sizes small enough that it won’t cause loading delays. It seems that even at 100 kb in size most jpgs look decent.

– If you put an image before the “more” break (which is encouraged), size it small enough so that it doesn’t dominate the main page; wrapping text on one side or the other seems to work well.

– Apply appropriate categories to your posts. When possible, use existing categories, but try to stick to the one or two that are most appropriate.

– Feel free to use tags (these seem particularly good for getting posts to show up in Google)

– Posting personal opinion is totally fine (as long as it isn’t an angry rant or potentially contrary to cycling advocacy), but try to make it clear that it is your opinion.