There are a wide variety of posts that you can create using the blog interface.  It is also a good place to share links or short phrases / idioms that you find.

 

Here's how to get started.

1) Choose a topic, phrase, link or idea that you want to write about.  If you are looking for ideas on concepts to cover, you can browse our Suggestions Board. You can also see some example posts at the end of this discussion.

 

2) Start a new post - you can use this link - Create a blog post or you can click the +Add button on any blog page / post, which appears just above & right of the page title.

Note: This button also appears on photos, videos & discussions and functions the same way.

 

3) Start typing your post

The default view is in a visual mode (top right tab), similar to Microsoft word. You can also switch to typing in HTML directly if you have some code knowledge.

Post Title - This will display on homepage & search so try to make it descriptive of the page's content.

Above the text entry box are several useful icons by Add:

Link - After typing, you can highlight text with your mouse and click Link to make it a hyperlink.

Photo - If you would like to add a photo to your post you can upload or link to another image. 

Movie - If you want to include a link to a youtube video, you can add here.

Text - If you are copying text from another website and only want the content without formatting, click this box and paste your text in the window it opens. The text will be added where your cursor is in the blog post.

File - If you want to add a file to the post you can upload here and it will appear in the post as a link.

 

 

Further down the page you have the option to add descriptive tags and preview your post before publishing.

Note: Posts will need to be approved for content before being published. Editors may make changes to the content / photos / tags before approval.

 

4) Please try to always include English, Characters and Pinyin where you introduce new vocabulary. That way it can help all levels to learn.  If you have characters and want to convert to Pinyin Tones, you can use the following websites.

Single words - DianhuaDictionary.com (just search the character or word to get pinyin)

Longer text blocks - Chinese Tools Pinyin or PurpleCulture or Google Translate (click 'Read Phonetically button below text box to display the Pinyin Tones)

 

5) If you are looking for photos to use in your blog post, you can often find them here. Most of these photos are free to use but require a link back to the creators page.

Flickr Creative Commons

Deviantart Stock photos

Stock xchng - free photos

 

Here are some examples of popular posts:

Explain a topic with vocabulary / sentences

Compare different word uses

Explain interesting phrase / culture

Share new phrases / idioms

Sharing a Chinese learning link / website

Browse all blog posts for other formats / ideas.

 

Next step:

Adding Videos

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