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Now that you are a member of the site, you must be eager to start posting your first blog.  Let's take a quick tour on how you can get started.

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The basics
Tags
Images
Search older posts
Trackbacks
Meta Information

How to Post

The basics

On the right side of your screen you will see a User menu under your profile picture labled "My Blogs". Click on it.

This will take you to your blog profile which is probably empty, don't worry, we will fix that soon.  On the top of this page you will see a Blogging Menu Bar under the Main navigation bar.  By clicking on the "Write new Entry" link you will open the blogging component.

By clicking on the "My Account" link you will see the myBlog Dashboard as indicated below.



Under "My Entries" (1) you will see the blog posts you've already done.

Under "Preferences" (2) you can change your blog title and description. This important to fill in so that Google knows what you are blogging about in general.

Under "Statistics" (3) you can see how many entries, comments, tags and hits you have. If you become a myDigitalLife Author and start earning moeny on your hits, you will also be able to see how much you can claim and request payments.

Under "Comments" (4) you can view your most recent comments.

However, before you explore any of these tabs you should post an entry. Do so by clicking on the green button "Write New Entry" (5). This will open up a screen like the following:



  1. Write in the title of your blog
  2. You can use these tools to format your blog
  3. This is where you write your blog
  4. If you want to write your blog in html or check the source code go to "plain text"
  5. Once you have completed your blog, press "save" to post it
  6. "Publishing options" allows you to add content and information about your blog. See below for more information
Dont forget to select whether your blog is a Digital Blog or a Lifestyle Blog. You can do this under "Publishing options".

By default all blogs will go into the Lifestyle category, so if it is Digital it is up to you to make sure you publish it in that category.

Hint: to save your blog as a draft select "unpublish" before saving. Please note that when you change the timestamp at a later date MyDL runs on GMT, not South African time (GMT +2).

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Tags

Tags are used to pick up your blog in searches (on search engines like Google and our internal searches). They are keywords that describe your blog. People, places and hot topics work well as tags.


To assign tags enter a comma separated list into the "Tags" box (1) under Publishing Options. You can view the tags for a post under "Selected tags" (2). You can also go to "Browse" and select tags from a list of those recently used:



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Images

To insert a picture into your blog, go to "Images and Documents" under Publishing Options.

You can either choose a picture from those you've uploaded previously, or go to "Upload" to get a new one off your computer.

Please note that when you upload you will only be able to see photos you have uploaded.  Also consider not to upload photos/pictures that contain a Copywrited logo.  If you do so, ensure that you have permission from the owner of the photo to do so.


Click on "Browse" to find the picture on your computer and then click on "Upload" to upload it onto MyDL. Then you will be able to insert it into your post.

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Search older posts

If you want to link to another post then go to "Search Older Posts" under Publishing Options and type in a keyword. A list of recent posts with that word will come up and you can drag and drop your chosen post into your blog.


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Trackbacks

Trackbacks are sites that you have mentioned in your post or been inspired by. You can paste the urls into "Trackbacks & Comments" under Publishing Options.



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Meta Information

Meta information is often scanned by search engines. You can use this to give more detailed information about your blog than tags. It can be found under Publishing Options.



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