blog shots The first thing you will have to do is to log in.  There is usually a box that had the administrative links.  It may also be a tab along the top of the page, or a link at the very bottom of the page. 

Once you have logged in,  A gray menu bar will appear at the top of the screen.

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Under Manage the last choice is Files.  This choice will allow anyone with the proper permissions to upload photos to the site.  It is possible to include a photo directly into a post, but it would need to be hosted somewhere else. 

The Files page

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There are two ways to upload from here. There is an upload tab right at the top of the page.  The easiest way is to Click the Browse button next to the  Quick upload box, locate the image you would like to upload on your computer, and then click upload.

Once you have this done, your image should show up in the list of files.

The next step is to create a post with your picture.  To the left of each image in the list, there is a small white check box. Select the images you would like to include in your post. 

At the bottom of the page, just above the Quick Upload box is a drop down menu that lets you select if you would like to make a post with all selected images in one post. or multiple posts with one image each.

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Now you create your post.  It will take some time for your image to load depending on your computers processing speed.   This page may seem overwhelming at first,  but  once you understand what each part does, it is really quite simple.   There is even a tab choice at the top for simple or expert.  Choose the one that suits your own needs. This post is based on the expert choice as it has more features and will allow me to explain more on how to use these features. 

The large main box label Post Contents is where you create your post.  It has many features that are similar to a word processor.  Since this is designed to be a quick start instruction, I am going to skip most of those.  I will note that  the very last button is a blue question mark in a circle. This is a help button and a good place to start if you want to get fancy.

First thing you need to do is choose a Title. The default title will be the file name. You can change this to whatever you choose without loosing your picture.  

Link to URL: If you have a web site of your own, you want to put it here.  The reason is that the more times and places your web site is linked, the higher it places in rankings.  This can be left blank if you do not have a web site. 

The Type button should be left alone.

The big white box is where you type your message.  As long as you insert carriage returns, you do not need to include any other formatting.  In a photo blog you can include as much or as little information as you like, or just let the picture speak for its self.  All the little buttons will tell you what they are if you hold your cursor about them. 

Images & Attachments – Check to make sure your photo shows up here. If it does not, something is wrong. Often the file type is something that is not supported by the blogging software.  Try starting over using a .JPG.

Below this box are two boxes that are best left alone until you know more about them.

Advanced properties and Additional actions

On the right hand side the top box is Categories, with a radio button for the main category, and check boxes for all sub categories.  Choose the ones that are appropriate for your post.  You may be able to add new ones, or you may have to contact the site administrator to add them.

Properties This box can be left alone or can be used to schedule when your photos will appear.  For example if you had a series of photos that you wanted to have a new one appear each day.  The date can be changed and the post will not show until that date and time. 

Visibility / Sharing This is where you determine who can see your post.  Published is the usual choice, with Protected being a post that shows to members only.   The other choices are fairly self explanatory or  designed for use by the site administrator.

Text Renderers  is best left alone.

Comments – Is a matter of personal preference. Do you want people to be able to leave them or not.  I am discovering that when you set it to accept comments,  you will get a lot of spam comments, with trackbacks or links to other sites.  You need to balance the desire for community with the willingness to sort through spam.

You will notice that I have left them open on this, as I welcome your questions.

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