Community manager and blogger, Julie Giles, has compiled a list of blogging tips and resources to help you write your posts.

You can also check out these helpful resources from WordPress:

Practice accessibility
To be compliant with web standards for accessibility, be sure to include ALT and TITLE descriptions on links and images.

Use paragraphs
No one likes to read writing that never pauses for a line break. To break your writing up into paragraphs, use double spaces between your paragraphs.

Use headings
If you are writing long posts, break up the sections by using headings, small titles to highlight a change of subject.

Spell check and proof
WordPress has a built in spell check. However to be safe not sorry, you may want to write your posts in a text editor with spell check, and then proof it thoroughly before copying and pasting into WordPress. Better yet, save your post as a Draft and let our editor look for the spelling mistakes.

Add links
Add links to important references or additional information that is pertinent to your post. For example, it might be a wikipedia reference to a place or topic. Or, another blog that you are referencing.

Use bold, italic and bullet points
Use bold or italic formatting to make headlines and important information stand-out. Bullet points help organize lists and make it easier for people to quickly scan information.

Use pictures and videos
They make the pages colorful and viewers get to see a little of your part of the world. The Youth Climate Report blog lets you add a featured image and them automatically re-sizes it as a thumbnail for the Homepage. Just add the URL for image in Custom Fields > Thumb.

Add categories and tags
The content for this blog is organized by categories. If you’re an article and want to add it to the blog, you’ll need to check the “Blog” category in the post sidebar. If you also want your article to appear on the Homepage, you’ll have to check the “News” category, too.

If you’re a photoblogger,  you’ll want to check the “Pictures” category and if you want to add or share a video, then you’ll want to check the “Video” category.  We’ll be adding more detailed instructions soon so that you can customize headings and classifications for the Pictures and Video sections.

To add tags, go to the Post Tags section found in the right sidebar and click on “Choose from the most used tags”. You’ll find a number of descriptive tags there. Or, you can add your own tag. Tags are used to classify content so they should closely describe the most important elements of your story, picture or video.

Add a catchy headline
After you’ve written your post, add your headline. Make sure it’s catchy and not too long. People often judge the contents of a post by its headline so make it good!

Optimize your post for search engines
Search engines read and catalogue information across the web. To increase your chances of your blog post being correctly indexed for the subject you’re writing about, make sure and optimize your post for search. We use WordPress SEO by Yoast, a powerful WordPress plugin that helps focus our keywords and makes sure that our blog posts are presented in such a way that the search engines will like what we’ve done.

Think before you post
Take a moment to read what you’ve written before hitting the Publish button. If you’re at all unsure about the tone of what you’ve written, save your post as a Draft and contact one of our editors who can give you feedback or suggest changes.

Save your posts
Save your posts as drafts before you press the publish button. Anything can happen with your computer or with an internet connection. You don’t need to lose your post.

Keep writing
Don’t stop blogging. Tell us about the effect climate change is having on you, your family or your friends. Make it personal. Or send us news or pictures from your country or region.

and start posting today!

To start blogging, create your own Youth Climate Report account or sign-in with your Facebook username and password.

Please note: If you are under the age of 13, you will need your parent’s permission to create an account.

Questions?  Concerns? Need help getting started? Email julie@youthclimatereport.org for assistance.