These instructions are for bloggers and contributors who are approved and are posting content for the Food Revolution Network site.
Before you submit your first post, we suggest that you create an account at gravatar.com with the same email address as you use to login to Food Revolution Network. Once you have a Gravatar account and are logged in there, you can go to “My Account” and drag to “Edit My Profile”. Set your own user picture, fill out the bio section, and select your public name (first and last name is ideal). Then your profile on FoodRevolution.org will show up with with your picture and bio, which is lovely.
(Note: You may need to login with your username as your first and last name, or perhaps as your email address, depending on how your profile is configured. Your login name will be the same as the display name set in your profile — it’s what the public will see when they look at who wrote your article).
Here are some blogging tips:
• Blog as infrequently as you’d like, or as frequently as once or twice a week.
• 500 to 1,000 word posts tend to perform best, and should be submitted as final copy, with the assumption that no editing will be necessary.
• A conversational, informal style is ideal.
To Start a New Post
After logging in, Go to “Posts” and click on “Add New”.
• For titles, capitalize the first letter of every word except for articles and prepositions three letters or less (so “From” is capitalized, but “for” is not; “Is” always gets capitalized). Clear, descriptive titles work better than cute or punny ones. What would you enter into Google if you were trying to find this article?
• Select one or at most two categories (on the bottom right) that fit best. Enter tags, which are one or two word bits that capture topics or themes of the post, separated by commas (ideally add 5-10 of them).
Now you’re ready to put in your text!
To past content from Word: Highlight and copy it in Word so it’s on your clipboard. Then click on the “kitchen sink” button (to the left of the “Merge Fields” button”), which will cause a new series of formatting options to appear. Click on the one with a “W” that says “Paste from Word”, and drop in your content, and click “Insert”.
• Use hyperlinks whenever relevant, and especially for all sourcing and citations in a post.
• You retain all rights to your work and you can post it anywhere else you wish. However, by submitting a post (including text, videos, photographs or audio materials), you grant Food Revolution Network a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable license to the content.
• We will review anything you submit, generally within two business days. We will post content that we think is of sufficient editorial quality and values alignment to be a fit with our mission and a contribution to our members.
• Comments will be activated but will require moderator approval. In some cases they could take as long as 24 hours to approve, depending on our staff capacity.
• We reserve the right to decline or remove objectionable, inaccurate, or inflammatory material and, if necessary, cease publishing your posts or cancel your blogger account.
To apply any of these formatting options to words or segments of text, simply highlight the text you want to format, and click the “B“, or “I” buttons above the entry box, which will wrap the proper code around the selected text and make it appear formatted as chosen when the post is published onto the site.
To embed a YouTube video, just copy the code from the Embed box on YouTube (you can find it in the About This Video box when you’re watching the video). Once you’ve copied the code, just paste it into your blog to embed it.
Any time you reference an article or a website, or make a factual assertion of any kind, you should include a hyperlink (make it clickable to the relevant page). To hyperlink text, follow these steps:
1) Find the URL (web address, i.e. “http://www.webaddresshere.com”) you want, and “copy” it so it’s stored, as you’ll “paste ” it in a couple steps
2) In the entry body where you post, highlight the segment of text or word you want to be clickable
3) Click the middle chain-link shaped button (between the “align right” button and the broken middle chain-link button) above the entry box, which will make a small window appear
4) Paste the full web address (http:// and everything) that you copied in step 1 into that window
5) Click “OK”
6) The proper code will be embedded and the link will be clickable when the post is published
• Images should be .jpg files, a maximum of 2 MB, and must either be used under a Creative Commons license or be submitted by the blogger in good faith, with express permission from the proprietor of the image for it to be republished. To add an image:
1) Please your cursor int the spot where you want the image to go.
2) Save the image to your desktop in a web-friendly resolution (i.e. mid-low resolution) as a .jpg file
3) Open your post in the backstage area on our site
4) Press the camera-shaped button to the right of “Upload’Insert”, to add media. This which will launch a new small window (if you don’t see this window you may need to adjust your browser’s settings to not block pop-ups). The default tab is “add media files from your computer,” and you can drop the file into this box.
5) Scroll down and give the image a title, give it a caption if you want one, and select image size and alignment (left, right, or middle), and save.
Adding Tag Keywords
In the Tags field, enter relevant keywords, separated by commas, to describe your posts. Keywords helps us promote your writing in search engines.
• Add topics and ideas referenced in the post, e.g. “Health”, “Factory Farms”, or “Climate Change”.
• Proper names, places, and things work great — people search for nouns more than verbs
• Think like a Google searcher — what would you enter into Google if you were trying to find this article? That is usually a good tag to use.
PUBLICIZING YOUR POSTS
We encourage contributors to promote their pieces and send them around — many readers may arrive at your post via links passed on from friends and other sites. Here are a couple ideas:
• Email lists: Send a short note with a link to your post to any lists you’re on — whether organizational lists, social organizations, extracurricular groups, or even just your typical family/friends list. Encourage them to comment! Our experience shows that often the more comments a post attracts, the better it does in generating clicks and more comments. Create a community around your post, and help it grow by starting with your own personal community. Encourage your friends to share it as well.
• Facebook/Twitter: Once your post is live, share it via Facebook or Twitter! Facebook makes it especially easy to share links through what they call “Posted Items.” Click here and paste your permalink into the box titled Post a Link.
• Respond to Comments: Responding to comments on your own post helps the community grow around it.
YOUR POST IS LIVE WHEN
Our system is set up so that contributors can submit content, save drafts, preview, and when you feel ready to go with it, “Submit for review.” However you will not be able to actually publish content until it has been approved by administrator.
CONTACT US ANY TIME
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.
And again, if approved, you can login as a contributor here.