Very Frequently Asked Questions: A Quick Tutorial to Navigating the Commons on Day 1

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a staff member and I am not affiliated with WordPress.

I started these tutorials because I am inherently lazy (actually not, I just don’t like doing the same thing over and over) – and a LOT of people need help with the same thing! (So, don’t feel lonely!)

WHERE CAN I SEE PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS?

In life, there is always more than one way to do things, but this is probably the most effective way:

Where Can I See Previous Assignments?

Where Can I See Previous Assignments?

I also recommend subscribing to the Daily Post.

Enter https://dailypost.wordpress.com/ into your browser.

Following the Daily Post

Enter the address as seen in the screenshot.
Make sure that where I have circled in red, you select “Follow”. If you are already following, it will say “Following” and if you hover over it, it will show you the option to unsubscribe.
Where you see the green circle, you will also see a link to the Blogging U tasks.

Select to follow the Daily Post.

It will now show up on your Reader.

Your reader will show up when you visit https://wordpress.com and sign in.

WHERE SHOULD I BE POSTING?

First off, original content should go on your own site (blog).

This is actually good for you, because you don’t want people to read your work, you want them to do so on your own site.

This is because participating in a Blogging U course can be very good for your traffic.

See the image below for more details on how you know which site you are on, how to get to the correct site and how to add a post.

Wordpress site

The red circle shows which blog you are currently viewing.
You can move to a different blog, by clicking on “Switch Site” (see the green circle).
You can add a new post to the site that you are currently viewing, by clicking “Add” (see the blue circle).

Once you are finished with a task, or if you are still busy with a task, but would like some advice, you can post on the Commons.

To keep the Commons neat and to make sure more people see your question or your response to the task, make sure to start a new post, instead of replying to someone else’s post.

Adding a New Post to the Commons

Adding a New Post to the Commons

At the top of the Commons blog page, you will see a white box like the one in the picture. You can type your post there.

You should not re-blog items from your own blog to the Commons. Reblogs will be removed.

Do NOT Reblog Your Posts to the Commons They Will Be Removed

Do NOT Reblog Your Posts to the Commons They Will Be Removed

You should link to your post on your own site (or at least to your site!) when you post on the Commons, so others can find you.

You can reply to someone else’s post by clicking on the button circled in red.

How to Reply to Someone Else's Post

How to Reply to Someone Else’s Post
Remember, it is impolite to “hi-jack” someone else’s thread and since most people do not read through all of the replies, you will get more assistance if you start your own post if your reply is not relevant to the other person’s post.

SO HOW DO I LINK THEN?

How do I add a link to my post

There are two options. Either you can simply copy and paste the link (it will become automatically click-able once you post) or you can select a word, click the paper clip icon and then insert your url in the box. That will look a bit neater.

SHOULD I DO THE COURSE ON THE BLOG I HAVE NOW, OR SHOULD I START A NEW BLOG?

That depends. The course was designed to be done on your own blog, but sometimes it is a good idea to have a test blog, where you can add posts that don’t quite fit into your brand, or to experiment with new themes without messing up your widgets.

WHY DOES MY POST NOT SHOW UP UNDER ASSIGNMENTS?

The Assignment link is only to previous assignments for those who may have missed one or want to refer back for reference purposes, so they don’t have to scroll through all of the posts and comments?

WHERE DO I POST MY ASSIGNMENT THEN?

It is not compulsory to post, but if you want to, there is no central spot. You can tag your posts with Blogging101 so that others can find it in the Reader, or alternatively you can add a link in a post at the Commons. Or you can do both. (Do both!)

WHERE DO I SEE OTHER PEOPLE’S ASSIGNMENTS?

Well, there is no central place to see people’s assignments. You can go through the posts and comments over at the Commons, as active participants will probably be posting their links there. Also, you can add Blogging101 and / or Blogging 101 and / or #Blogging101 to your Reader.

HOW DO I ADD A TOPIC TO MY READER?

Adding a new topic to your Reader

Adding a new topic to your Reader

When you enter http://wordpress.com into your browser, you will see this page, provided you are signed into your account. You can enter a topic into your reader, for example Blogging101, or Business and then you click on the “Plus” button. You can now click on the blue links below to view posts from other bloggers that they have tagged with that word or term.

You can also create lists to make it easier for you to organize your Reader.

HOW CAN I ADD A BLOGGING U BADGE TO MY WORDPRESS SITE?

How to add the Blogging U badge to your blog - copying the code

How to add the Blogging U badge to your blog – copying the code

On the right hand side of the Commons, you will find this square. Select the text and make sure that you have selected all of it. Then hold in Control and C at the same time on your keyboard.

How to add the Blogging U badge to your blog - adding a text widget

How to add the Blogging U badge to your blog – adding a text widget

On your own blog, go to the widget menu (see previous questions). Then drag and drop the text widget into one of the available widget areas on the right. These will differ, depending on the theme you chose.

How to add the Blogging U badge to your blog - pasting into the text widget

How to add the Blogging U badge to your blog – pasting into the text widget

You can now go to the body of your text widget and hold in Control and V at the same time on your keyboard.

Remember to save!

Tagging another participant

Tagging another participant means calling someone’s attention to a specific post or comment. They will receive an e-mail notification and they can also filter for their @ mentions.

This is how you do it:

Tagging another participant on the Commons

Tagging another participant on the Commons

For some of us, our screen name differs from our username. In order for your @ mention to work, you need to use the username, while the screen name is displayed on the Commons. If you start typing someone’s screen name, their username should appear on the drop-down list. Simply select it.

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