Step by Step Instructions For Posting Articles





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OPEN A NEW POST

Go to the MEMBERS Tab on the Main Menu (as shown below.) When this menu opens, select NEW POST from the Drop Down menu:

 

SET STATUS TO DRAFT

INSERT YOUR HEADLINE

Insert your working headline in headline box where it says, “Enter title here.” You can change the headline later if you need to. It’s a good idea to start with the headline because it is difficult to find articles that don’t have headlines.

Headline writing is an art unto itself. Try to follow these rules:

INSERTING ARTICLE TEXT FROM A WORD PROCESSOR

We recommend that you write your articles off-line using any text editor or word processor. We also recommend that you proofread your articles before you insert them into the BindleSnitch Text Editor. (We admit that we almost always work online ourselves, but we still recommend that you do as we say rather than as we do.)

If you are pasting the text from a word processor, make sure that the Text Editor is in Visual Mode. If it is not, then click on Visual.

Copy the entire text from your word processor and paste it into the text box. Make sure that you get the entire article because it is a pain in the ass to have to do this twice.

Review your text. If you have lost your paragraph breaks, replace them manually. Our style rule is that there should be a single paragraph space between paragraphs.

If You Are Composing your Article in the BindleSnitch Text Editor

Simply write your article as you would in any word processor. Make sure you are in visual mode.  Make sure that you end each paragraph by clicking enter. This should insert a space between paragraphs. If this does not happen automatically, insert spaces manually.

FORMATTING

  • If you did not add text formatting (boldface, italic, etc.) BEFORE the transfer, you can add formatting to your text. (All of the formatting tools shown in the example below are available to you.)
  • If you are using sub-heads (recommended for articles longer than 800 words) highlight the TEXT you want to use as the sub-head, click on the paragraph drop-box, and select HEADLINE 3. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER HEADLINE SIZE.
  • Do not change ink colors. Use only black ink.
  • Save your work after each change.

HYPERLINKS

A hyperlink is the address of a resource or asset on the internet. Most of the time, your hyperlinks will be the addresses of articles on the internet that you have used in your research or from which you quoted. They are a mechanism for giving credit where credit is due. We recommend that each article have at least three hyperlinks. Search engines like hyperlinks.

Sometimes hyperlinks do not get transferred properly. It is important that you check to make sure that the hyperlinks are in place. If the hyperlinks are missing, go through your draft, find each occurrence where a hyperlink should be, highlight the anchor text and insert the correct URL for that hyperlink.

Here are the steps for creating hyperlink in the BindleSnitch text editor.

  • In your article, highlight the name of the person or publication to which you are linking. (This is called the anchor text.)
  • Click on the hyperlink symbol as shown below:

This opens the hyperlink dialogue box as shown below:

  • Switch to the tab or window where you left the article you want to link to or re-open that article in another window. (It’s a good idea to keep your source articles open until you finish your article.)
  • Copy the entire link address from the browser window as shown here:

  • Paste the hyperlink into the blue text box and click on the Blue Arrow to save the hyperlink.
  • Repeat as needed for additional hyperlinks.

CATEGORIES

Categories are used to determine in which section of the website your articles will appear.

Each article can have only one category.

DO NOT USE THE BINDLESNITCH, TOP PICKS OR BONUS CATEGORIES. THESE ARE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE USE ONLY.

If you use any of these categories, your articles will not appear until they are assigned to another category. You will also piss us off. Please don’t do that.

The ET CETERA (ETC) category is a catch-all for articles that don’t find into any other category.

We reserve the right to reassign articles to more appropriate categories at our discretion.

You can change the category to which your articles have been assigned in order to earn more views.

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THE EXCERPT

Excerpts are VERY important. Excerpts are picked up by our WordPress theme and used to create links to your articles from our pages. They are also used by search engines to define your articles. BindleSnitch is designed so that you cannot save an article until you have inserted an excerpt.

Here are the excerpt guidelines. Excerpts should be approximately 250 characters. The first two and a half lines of text from your article usually works out to be the right number of characters. (This will often be identical with the lead sentence of your first paragraph.) This is what the excerpt box looks like. It is directly under the text area:

THE FEATURED IMAGE

BindleSnitch requires that each article have a “featured image.” The featured image helps to differentiate articles from each other. They give readers an instantaneous first impression about the contents that they will be reading when they click on your article.  Articles with featured images outperform articles without featured images.

This is how your article will look in the listings if you do not provide a featured image This is how your article will look with the featured image.

We think you will agree that you would much rather have a featured image. That’s why we have set up our system so that you must insert a featured image in order to publish an article.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO INSTALL A FEATURED IMAGE

  • Images must be royalty-free, common domain materials or your own original work product.  Go to WORKING WITH IMAGES ON BINDLESNITCH  for more information on this subject.
  • Images should be at least 480 pixels wide and 360 pixels tall. (You may see other ratios elsewhere on the webs site. Ignore them.)  Smaller images may or may not work. Images should not be more than 640 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall.
  • Find (or create) your featured image.
  • Make sure the featured image is stored in your Pictures directory so that you can find it more easily.
  • Scroll down to the Featured Image Dialogue Box in the right hand column. it looks like this:

  • Click SET FEATURED IMAGE. You will see a box that looks like this:

  • Click on UPLOAD FILES
  • This will open another screen that will look like this:

 

  • Select the file you want to upload and click on the OPEN button in the lower right hand corner.
  • When the image appears in the Featured Image Box, you have completed this step.

INSERTING IMAGES INTO ARTICLES

Rod Stewart was right. Every picture tells a story. That’s why we recommend that you insert at least one image per every 25o words in your articles, not including the featured image. There are two methods for inserting images into articles:

The Copy and Paste Method

  • Locate the image you want to use. The image must be online.
  • (Remember that the image must be a royalty-free, public domain image.)
  • Highlight the image with your pointing device and right click to bring up the edit menu.
  • Select “COPY IMAGE.”  (Do not select “copy image address.”)
  • Click back to the window where your BindleSnitch system is located.
  • Position the cursor at the beginning of the row where you want the image to appear.
  • Make this easier by positioning the image between paragraphs.
  • Right click to bring up the cut and paste menu.
  • Select “PASTE.”
  • Use the image control systems described below to adjust the size and position of the image.
  • Note: You cannot use this method with images that are stored on your local machine. The images must be somewhere on the internet.

INSERTING IMAGES USING THE BUILT-IN ADD MEDIA SYSTEM

  • Position the cursor at the point where you want to insert the image.
  • This works best if you locate the image in a blank line between paragraphs.
  • Click on the ADD MEDIA button at the top of the screen, right under the headline.

  • If the image you want is already in your Medial Library, simply click on that image and then click on INSERT INTO POST in the lower right hand corner of the screen and adjust the image according to the instructions below.
  • To add an image that is not in your Media Library , save the image to your PICTURES directory on your local hard drive, then click on UPLOAD FILES and follow the same instructions you used to insert the featured image into the media library.
  • Once the image has been saved to your Media Library, click on INSERT INTO POST.
  • The image will then appear in your article at the insertion point you indicated with your cursor.

ADJUSTING IMAGE POSITIONS

Once the image has appeared in your article, you can change the appearance of the image but, if you have to move the image, it is better to delete it and reinsert it where you wanted it in the first place. When you click on any image, a number of controls appear.

The first button above the image will force the image to the left margin and allow text to run to the right of the image.
The second button forces the image to the center of screen and does not allow text on either side of the image.
The third button forces the image to the right side of the screen and allows text to appear to the left of the image.
The fourth button forces the image to the left side of the screen but does not allow text to run to the right of the image.
The pencil allows you to insert a caption that will appear under the article. This can be used to give credit to the source of the image.
The x box obviously deletes the image.

ADJUSTING IMAGE SIZES

When you select the pencil tool, you get the Image Details box.  This gives you the option of selecting the alignment of the entire image and also gives you a number of choices of standard sizes for the image. You can insert a caption. We recommend that you use the caption box to credit the sources of the images you are using.  The link box at the bottom of the dialogue box allows you to link the image to a media file (which is useful for attaching an audio file to an image), a specific page on the website (don’t use that one), or any valid URL. Note:  You can also adjust the size of the image manually by clicking on any of the anchors at the corners of the image and dragging the image to shrink or enlarge it to meet your needs.

FINAL REVIEW

  • When you think you are finished, click SAVE DRAFT. If the “DON’T PUBLISH” WINDOW POPS UP, CLICK ON DON’T PUBLISH.
  • Click on the Spell Check button on the Text Editor Menu Bar. Correct spelling errors.
  • Check for double spaces between words by clicking on your browser’s FIND button from the browser control panel. Insert two spaces in the search window with your space bar. Colored bars will appear wherever there are two spaces instead of one. Remove all double spaces between words. Save draft again.
  • Make sure there is one full space between paragraphs. Check the entire document from top to bottom.
  • Make SURE that your headline is between 44 and 68 characters (including spaces). Click off the Headline item on the check list.
  • There are three reserved categories that authors are not allowed to use: BindleSnitch, Top Picks and Bonus. If you use any of these three categories, your articles will not appear. Therefore.
  • Check off Did NOT use BindleSnitch.
  • Check off Did NOT use Top Picks.
  • Check off Did NOT use Bonus.

THE CHECK LIST…

In the upper right hand corner of the Add NEW Post page MUST BE ALL GREEN before you can cannot publish an article. Items 1 through 5 will be checked off automatically when those tasks are completed. You must check off items 6 through 10 manually by clicking on the check boxes to turn them green!

This is what the checklist looks like when you begin a new post. This is what your checklist has to look like before you can save an article.

WRAPPING UP:

  • CLICK PUBLISH BUTTON which will appear when your checklist is all green.
  • Click on View Post. Read the entire article. If you need to edit or revise your article, you can do so simply by scrolling to the bottom of the article and clicking on the EDIT button that you will find there. Save the changes by clicking on the UPDATE button, which will replace the PUBLISH button in the dialog box.
  • Click on the BindleSnitch Logo to return to the Home Page. Make sure your appears on the Home page.
  • Click on the category on the main menu that you used for your article.
  • Make sure that your article appears in the category page and that the headline fits in the space.
  • Finally, make sure you tell everyone you know that you are publishing stuff on BindleSnitch. See below for the details.  That’s called marketing!