Get Started Blogging
This will give you a quick overview of how to get started blogging with INFJ Writers. If you experience any trouble, message us on our Facebook page or send an email to INFJWriters@gmail.com.
- First, go to http://www.infjwriters.com/wp-login.php. Click “register”. Choose what you want your username to be. This is the username you’ll use to login each time in the future. No one will see it except you. Enter your first name and last name. Your name will show up on your posts. I know a lot of INFJs are very reserved and while they want to put their message out there they’re hesitant to put their name out there. For this reason, if you want you can absolutely use a pen name. If you do that, just be careful choosing a pen name because down the line if you decide to write a book or do some other things online, it would best if you have one name you can use consistently across all platforms. When you’re done, click the blue “register” button.
- You’ll get an email with a link where you can set your password to complete the registration and then log in. Once you log in, the first thing you’re going to do is navigate over to “profile” on the left column. This is going to give a short author bio at the bottom of each of your posts. Enter the same name you used when you registered and then a nickname (I just use my first name). Choose how you want it to display. Enter other online profiles that you want to link to. This is not required, but if you want to drive traffic back to your website or social media profiles, you can do so here. Write a short biography telling the readers a little about yourself, then set your profile image. For the profile image we use gravatar, so click on the link here, enter the same email address you used when creating your profile, and upload what you want your image to look like. Once that’s done, it’ll sync up to your profile here and that image will show on your posts. Once that’s all done it should look like this (scroll to the bottom of post) at the bottom of each post you make.
- Once your profile is set up, navigate over to “posts” where you’ll be able to write a new post. Click “add new”. Give your post a title, then compose it there, or you can copy and paste it from wherever you originally composed it. If you paste it in, the formatting sometimes can be a little off, so take a minute to scroll through and make sure you have the proper spacing between paragraphs and that it looks decent.
- Then navigate over to the right side and find “categories”. Check whatever category or categories your post fits in.
- Next click on “set featured image”. Posts with images get more traffic from Google and also helps grab the reader’s attention, so take a minute to search Google images or create an image of your own to upload here.
- Scroll down to the bottom and see the checklist as a reminder of all the things I’ve mentioned to make sure you got all bases covered. You don’t have to actually check these boxes. These are just here as a reminder to you.
- Finally, when you’re all done, click “submit for review”. The first time or two you write a post, you’ll have to submit it for review. I’ll give it a quick read to make sure the it meets the criteria we’ve discussed and then publish it to the site. After you’ve had a post or two published to the site and I feel I can trust you, I’ll change your status to where you instead of submitting for review you can just publish automatically. I’m hoping to get quite a few folks to that status so we can have regular content coming to the page.
- After your post has been published, think about where you can share it online. If you’re on reddit and there’s a certain subreddit that it makes sense for you can post it there. If there’s a certain Facebook group you’re an active member of and you think the other members would want to see it. You can share it on your own Facebook page or Twitter if you like. This is totally up to you, but be mindful of a couple of things:
- I am going to be analyzing the traffic for each post. The posts that I see are getting the most traffic are the ones I’m going to assume are really good posts that people are enjoying, and as such we’ll throw some extra gas on the fire by sharing it through our social media channels and to our email subscribers.
- That said, be very careful to abide by the rules of whatever group or place you’re posting. Make sure you’re not spamming, etc. Share it the same way you would share any other interesting article you found online.
One other thing I wanted to touch on briefly is our YouTube channel. Different people like to consume information in different ways, so for a lot of the posts that I do I might make a short YouTube video to go with it. If you’d like to do the same contact me and let me know and I can give you access to the channel and some instructions there.
Finally, let me say in closing that although I created this site, I really don’t want to be any more prominent of a figure here than anyone else. I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m hoping we get enough people over the course of the next few months participating that I can be just a regular contributor like everyone else, but otherwise just act as a sort of counselor and advocate for other writers.
If you have any questions, message us on our Facebook page, or you can send an email to INFJWriters@gmail.com.