To Middle School Journalists: Starting a Blog on WordPress As Extracurricular Activity

Dear Middle School Journalism Students,

If you enjoy writing and snapping photographs but have no interest partaking in extracurricular activities at school, create a blog on WordPress.com because it involves sharing your experience with the world, regarding what you have learned in school thus far and the events you have attended for the first time.

Here are some directions in order to get started on WordPress as a blogger:

#1: To get started, click on “Get Started”–>Start with a blog–>Option to select website theme or skip for now–>Give your website a name address–>Create a free or premium account and create account by typing in your email address and creating a password for WordPress.com

#2: After you create your account, explore your “blog theme” for your website by clicking on: My Site and hit “themes.” You can select one that is either free or do it premium. Afterwards, hit “activate” and see what happens on your website.

#3: In order to create a blog post, scroll your mouse to the top right hand corner and click “Write.” As you will notice at the bottom right hand side of the screen, there are “categories” and “tags.” Categories refer to your post topic. In other words, if you plan to write about your first experience as a blogger, you can create a category and label it as “Blogger Experience” whereas tags are used for essential keywords you use to highlight the post of the day. For example, “blogger” or “getting started.”

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