This 10 minute video explains how to post on this blog, which is based on the Squarespace 6 platform. One thing to keep in mind is that you have far more control over this site than you should, meaning you can actually delete things that you shouldn't be able to. Needless to say, don't do that ;-) It only takes one person to ruin it for everyone else, and this is entirely based on trust right now. I'll keep the contributor list on the smaller side for now as we get our feet wet, but if you're looking at this you have an account and that means I can't wait to see your contribution!
Below the video, you will find text guides to posting to the site, which I will be updating and adding on to as needed. This page should be your go-to spot whenever you have questions about posting. If you can't find the answer, feel free to email me directly at email@example.com.
Most important things to remember are 1) don't delete anything, and 2) don't publish a post — only set it to review!
NOTE: Ignore what I say in this video about Amazon links. They are ugly as heck. Still feel free to add your own affiliate links, and if you don't I probably will add my own. Thanks!
Image Posting Guide — Creative Commons and Photo Credit
When posting a photo in a blog post on theBWphoto.com, it's important to ensure that your image is properly attributed to you. I require that all work posted here be under creative commons, but which license you choose is up to you. This does NOT mean that you give up your copyright. If you are not familiar with Creative Commons, you can read more about it on the CreativeCommons.org website, and specifically on the About Creative Commons page.
Here's what we want to see on the blog:
To include the above Creative Commons license information, visit creativecommons.org/choose and enter your desired info, including the "help other attribute you" section if you like, then copy the code and past it into a "code" block here. However if you just paste the code block as it is, it will look like this:
I find that text block to be too large and distracting. So here's what I did to make it look like the smaller and right-jusified line you see above. Just copy and past the following line of code before the code block you copied from the Creative Commons site, and that's it:
<p style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size: 65%;">
That pushes it right justified, and also makes the text at 65% size.
Photo Caption and Credit
I would also like to see a caption on each image (title, or something) and then a "by your name" in italics after. Again, see image above. The main reason for this is to ensure credit is recognized to the photographer. The author of the post is not obvious on this site; I have no way to move your name to the top of the post. It's at the end, but let's get credit at the start! So if you have a photo, and put "by whoeveryouare" on it, I think that'll be a nice touch.
You are automatically credited at the end of every post you make, however I find that this is not enough. I want every post to be more obvious as to who wrote it. So I've started implementing a byline at the top of every post. In the first text block (after the first photo), write "by yourname" in italics as the very first line of text. In the preview this looks like a bit much since you've just credited yourself for the photograph, however when it's posted, you'll see that the photo credit is quite small, so this is more obvious. Scroll back to previous entries and you'll see that I've updated all old posts.
Linking to your website
I think it goes without saying that I have no problem with you promoting your own websites here. The best way to do that is to include the External Link module at the end of your post. It's really big and bold when it publishes, and you can write whatever you want there. In the preview it doesn't look like much but when you see it posted, it's big. Check it out at the end of this post http://www.thebwphoto.com/time-that-once-was
Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for contributing!