Creating Blog Posts

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Similar to documents, a blog post is intended to convey information to the community in the form of an article or story. It helps drive engagement through comments and allows readers to share their thoughts, opinions, or ask questions about the post. A good example of a blog post is the announcement of features for a product release or updates about an event.

 

Using blogs is a great way to share stories, posts for a specific topic, interview Q&A, event, and product updates. Blogs can be posted and associated with Spaces or Groups.

 

To create a blog post:

 

Step One: Click the Pencil Icon and click Blog Post. 

 

 

 

Step Two: You can add a banner image to your blog post. 
Image of adding image to blog post.
Step Three: Enter a title for your post and enter the body of text for your blog

Image of editing blog posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More on adding content to your blog:

  • Use the rich text format options (above the body) to format your text
  • Add photos by clicking the camera icon
  • Add videos by clicking the video icon
  • Add tables by clicking the graph/table icon
  • Attach supporting files (if any)
  • Add tags/keywords to help search find your post
  • Use a hyperlink to external content/web sites using the link icon in the rich text format bar.

 

Optionally, add some style to your blog by capitalizing the first letter.


Step Four:  If applicable, 
Connect the blog post with people, places, and other GeoNet content.

Use the @ mention feature to add links to people, places, and content within GeoNet.

A few tips with using @ mentions:

  • No spaces between the @ symbol and your text
  • Use an underscore to connect words together, i.e. @michelle_mathias
  • The more you type, the more refined the picklist becomes
  • Pick your selection from the pop-up picklist


 

Step Five: Select where you want the blog to be posted.

  • Check the location, make sure you are in the correct place (group or space) where you want the blog to live
  • Add a tag to your blog to allow for quick search/surfacing
  • Under Advanced Options, you can choose to schedule your blog to post later
  • Before you publish, click the Save Draft button. Doing so will allow you to see how the formatting and blog will look before sharing with everyone else. Only you can see it in draft mode. If you choose to use draft mode, you will need to click on edit to update and publish later.
  • Lastly, publish your blog by clicking the Publish button

Image of publishing blog posts options.

 

Note: Posts scheduled for a later date and time will not Publish for user view until the date and time selected.

 

More About Draft Mode

If you choose to first save your blog in draft mode, select the Save Draft button as noted above. Once saved as a draft, the blog will only show up under your content view. It will not be associated with the group until you publish and select the “place” for it to publish and live ongoing.

 

To find your draft blogs:

 

Go to either All Content or Your Content (as shown in the image below), and look for Drafts in the left navigation menu. Here you will find your draft blogs. Only you can view your draft blogs.

 

 

Once you find and open your draft blog, you will need to select the Edit option in the upper right corner to continue editing your blog. Be sure to check the publish location to ensure the correct group is still selected, if not click change and search for your group.

 

 

 

 

Notes:

  If you choose to edit your blog post after it is published, be sure to use the Update button to re-post, never put it back into draft mode after the first time you publish, or it will break the URL links by adding in a new publish date. 

 

 If you have an approval workflow before posting your blog, we recommend that you write the blog in a word doc first. Route the word version for any approvals needed. Once approved, then open a new blog post in GeoNet and copy your blog text.

 

Check out GeoNet: Manage Blog Post for information on how to manage and interact with your blog post after it is published.

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