Online Journalism: Creating Articles
The internet is becoming the place to go to find just about anything. When I was growing up, the internet was really much of an afterthought as most homes did not have internet subscriptions as they were very expensive and quite a big hassle (thanks to old dial-up connections.)
When venturing into the online world, it can be difficult to figure out where to take your writing skills and put keyboard to clipboard. One easy way would be to write an article using Microsoft Word and then sending the document in an email to a website, so they can publish and layout the article for you.
But for those who would like a more hands-on experience, as well as their own site, it is best to consider creating a blog. I personally prefer wordpress.com. You can access this website by typing it in your internet browser. You will then have to create an account with a username and password, along with an active email account so you can validate the process.
From there, what you do with your blog is up to you. You can custom-create the blog to look like a website if you are into coding, or even keep the blog private so only you can see it.
The dashboard of your blog can be quite overwhelming at first. I certainly was astonished as to the amount of details and options one could fiddle around with. But if you’re just interested in creating an article, all you have to is select “New Post” on the drop-down menu. You should see two white boxes, the top bar for writing a title, and the other box for the content of your article.
All you have to do is start typing and then when you are ready to publish, click on the publish button on the right-hand side of the site. It’s a good idea to use spell check, this tool will highlight words that might be spelled wrong and offers suggestions to change the spelling of the word.
By having an article published with misspelled words, it undermines your credibility as a journalist and also makes the article more difficult to read. To access the spell check tool, simply press the “ABC” button (it should be easily noticeable as it has a green check underneath the ABC letters), which is located right above a button that can indent your paragraph.
If you like, you can also set what time you would like your article to be published. This is easily done on the right-hand side in the Publish column area. You will need to click “Edit” where it says “Publish immediately” and from there you can set a time and date.
If you would like to include an image or video in your article, the buttons to do that are located right under your title bar. Simply highlight over the buttons to see what each button does. Half of the online world is about exploring, so explore and maybe you’ll find some secrets I never knew about.
If you have any questions or issues with your blog, you can email wordpress.com and they will usually respond to you in a short amount of time. There is also a forum you can visit on wordpress.com as well if you are looking for other suggestions on a particular issue. Sooner or later, you will get the hang of it. Creating a blog is free, so don’t worry about any hidden charges. Happy posting!