This is a WordPress site which is self hosted. To contribute content you need an account on this site (which will give you a user name and a password) so you can log in and write posts. If you know more about blogging you can also use this username and password in blog editing software and write posts that way – which means you don’t have to keep logging in to write material.
The log in page for the site will be at http://nonfictionlab.net.au/wp-login.php
Adrian Miles will create an account for you. You will get an email from the site that has your name and password details. Log in with these details, you can change your username then, and also you should make sure there is an email address as part of your user account so that you recover your password if you need to.
After you log in you are in the site dashboard and on the left there is a toolbar, Users is where you can edit your user account details.
You will have ‘author’ rights on the site which means you can make new posts and can edit any of your own posts, but no one else’s.
The site is made up mainly of posts, small individual entries, and these are what you will be writing. Each post needs one or more categories applied, and tags.
Categories are already defined (they appear on the right of the editing window), and tags (which you enter a bit lower on the right) can be whatever you like, just put a comma between them to separate them. A post can have as many categories and tags as you like, though generally they would only have one or two categories. In relation to posts that are for the people page we want you to use a defined list. This makes it easy for people to see who students, supervisors, and so on are by just selecting that tag. I wouldn’t use tags to define your research interests, I’d just write them in your bio, and use the tags for the research things (which would also have your name on them anyway).
The blog uses these categories to know where to publish the post you have written. Currently all posts go in the news section (which is just a big blog).
The list of categories below shows which part of the site a category will automatically publish content to. Remember, if you use more than one category then your post will appear in both places, and in the news section.
- people: will put the post on the people page
- documentary: will put the post on the documentary node page
- essay: will put the post on the essay node page
- journalism: will put the post on the journalism and reportage node page
- nonfiction poetry: will put the post on the nonfiction poetry node page
- pca: will put the post on the publishing, curation, archives node page
- research: will put the post on the research page
- events: will put the post on the events page
Comments are disabled. The site is for dissemination, we accept links in from other places happily, and in your posts feel free to link to others, but comments risk spam and trivia and need moderation and curation. We’re publishing here, not chatting.
Research Node Pages
Each node has its own page. The site automatically curates posts with the relevant category to the node page. The posts will be listed in reverse alphabetical order. Each page will begin with a simple description/statement about the node. As editor’s you can’t edit this content but you can send it to Alison or Adrian and they can edit it for you.
If you want a different colour banner, or a graphic above the writing, we can do that too, but you need to provide the content.
This is for your bio. A photo’s always nice (in the post click add media, add your media, click insert into post). A link to your main profile, where ever that is, so you don’t have to keep updating this one. It must have the category ‘people’ to be listed on the people page. Also use one or more of the following tags (these we want to control):
- faculty, if you’re a staff member
- student, if you’re a student
- visiting scholar, if you’re a visiting scholar (or writing a bio of a visiting scholar)
- supervisor, if you’re a supervisor
- alumni, which we will probably add, if you were once with us and are no longer
The research page collects all posts that have the research category. At the moment this is anything that is research. An essay, book, film, conference presentation, event. Here tags are useful because a tag can be used to label a larger project and all the things that make up that larger project. This means they can be found on the research page, and also by clicking that tag everything to do with that project will be automatically assembled together on its own page.
Yes, we can get anxious about what to tag things. Park it, tag it. Later it’s trivial to use tools to change ‘book’ ‘books’ ‘boks’ and ‘memoirs’ to use the tag book. So let’s just tag first and then see what we need to worry about.
You don’t have to log in to the site to blog (just like you don’t have to visit gmail to look at your gmail mail). Two useful OS X blogging tools are MarsEdit and Blogo. Blogo is very simple, MarsEdit a bit more geeky. They both cost money. However, each allows you to write posts and send them without having to log into the the site each time. If you want to do this a lot, or more easily, it’s worthwhile getting one. If you want basic simple, go Blogo, if basic HTML is OK, MarsEdit.
Any public photo on Instagram tagged with #nflabrmit will appear as a blog post. Automagically.