Contributing articles to Libsa


WordPress is a superb blogging tool,  generally regarded as one of the best.  However, some learning is required before using it effectively. Since most people are deeply allergic to reading Help files, I will put down some advice in the form of a post.

  • Anyone can read the libsa blog by going to libsa.wordpress.com, and browsing through the website.
  • Anyone can add a comment to a posting, by simply filling in their name and email address on the comment form at the end of the post.
  • Anyone can subscribe to the Libsa blog, in order to receive an email notice of all new postings.
  • Anyone can register as a WordPress user by going to
    https://en.wordpress.com/signup/ and filling in their details. If you don’t want a new blog (you probably don’t), just click on the “Sign me up as a new user” line.
  • Once you are registered as a WordPress user, you can be added to the Libsa blog contributor list by the administrator (send an email requesting this  to info@libertarian.org.za).  You can now login to the libsa blog at https://libsa.wordpress.com/wp-login.php ,  and create new postings to your hearts desire.  These postings are subject to review and approval by the administrator.
  • If you are famous or good-looking or sexy, the Libsa administrator may send you an invitation to join the blog as a contributor.  In that case, simply follow the instructions in the invitation email.
  • After you have posted a few articles to the blog without problems, you will be upgraded to an author, who can post without being subject to review.

While it is definitely more challenging to add content to a blog than to simply send an email to a distribution list, there are many benefits to the blog format:

  • The posting and related comments are STRUCTURED. You read the article, hopefully well laid out, with interesting links and pictures and videos embedded.
  • You can instantly rate the article, for the benefit of subsequent readers.
  • You can read all the comments on the article in sequence, below the article, clearly attributed.
  • You can instantly add your own comment on the article, or reply to another comment, in a simple, structured fashion.
  • You can subscribe to future comments on just this article, because it interests you, without receiving dozens of emails on unrelated articles.
  • With the appropriate permissions, you can review the stats on how many people have visited the website, read the articles, clicked the links, etc.
  • You can setup and participate in polls and review the results.
  • You can view articles by category, by date, by tag.
  • You can search the entire website.

In my opinion, the extra effort is worth the return.

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  1. #1 by Tobie on November 24, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    I’ll give it a try.

  2. #2 by torbjoern on November 24, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    Took me 4-5 minutes to create a WordPress account. Had a slow connection though, otherwise it could probably have been quicker.

    Although it’s pretty straight forward to me, there’s a lot of pages to go through to get to your goal, and I think an email list is definitely a lot more userfriendly to someone who is not computer savvy.

    • #3 by Trevor Watkins on November 24, 2010 - 4:54 pm

      As I understand it, you fill in your details on the WordPress registration site, it sends a confirmation email, you click on that and you are registered. Am I missing something here?
      I have since added you as a contributor on the site, so try your hand at a real posting. This, I’m afraid, will be moderated until I am certain you’re not a very patient purveyor of Viagra.

    • #4 by Trevor Watkins on November 24, 2010 - 4:58 pm

      By the way, how do you think you get your name on the googlegroups email list? Well, you go to the website, you click on subscribe, it sends you an email, you click on the email, I get an email, I approve your application when I get the time. No different to WordPress.

  3. #5 by torbjoern on November 24, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    I’m logged in, yet my previous comment is awaiting moderation? That is just about the most annoying thing, that everything has to be funneled through a moderator before other people will read it.

    • #6 by Trevor Watkins on November 24, 2010 - 4:46 pm

      Well done for persisting to this point. In fact, only your first comment has to be moderated, thereafter your other comments are immediately approved (WordPress is clever that way). There is a vast amount of spam comment on the web, so this is a necessary step.

      • #7 by torbjoern on November 24, 2010 - 4:51 pm

        I understand. That makes sense.

  4. #8 by Charl Heydenrych on November 29, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    !

  5. #9 by Charl Heydenrych on November 29, 2010 - 5:42 pm

    Hope this works.

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