students: how to become a UBC Blogs “author”


1 go to + SIGN UP using your CWL

You can also change your name there (for UBC Blogs purposes), in case you don’t want your full name to appear publicly, or if you would prefer to use a pseudonym.

2 I’ll be adding you to the community of writers on the RMST 221B blog, where you’ll be contributing as an “author.” This will enable you to contribute to our local bestiary: writing your own posts, saving drafts without publishing them, editing along the way, deleting if need be, and publishing (and continuing to make changes afterwards too). There are very few steps to the process, but I’m posting screenshots here so that you can see what it will look like along the way, and what it looks like from my end of things. Multiple points of view are often helpful for understanding. So. Here’s what happens next …

3 To add you as an author, please let me know (by Canvas message or email) what email address you used—it’s usually the email address connected to your CWL—to sign up with UBC Blogs. I’ll then send you an “invitation” that will look something like this …


4 … and once you’ve accepted it you will become an “author.” You can do this individually or, if you’re in a group, have one designated blogger for your group. You can also each be Authors in your group. Up to you.

5 Now return to this (or to and via UBC Blogs); if you had the site open in a browser, refresh it. You should see something like this:

6 You can add a post by clicking either “+ New” …

… or the “W” icon (top left), then navigating via the dashboard > posts (dropdown menu) > add new

7 Please use the “local public bestiary” category when posting. It’s the default category anyway.

8 As an Author, you can write and edit your own posts, add links to them, and upload and include images and videos. Your “writing” for others’ “reading” here can be as multimedia as you like; and it could be all video. You can preview what you’ve written in a new tab / window.

9 UBC Blogs / WordPress is good at saving work automatically (every 1-2 minutes). Keep saving your writing until you’re ready to make it public, clicking “save draft” at the end of every writing session.

If you think it’s nearly ready, but you want to double check—for example, you and another student or group could proofread each other’s work—you can always make a post password-protected and share that password as you see fit; this is an intermediate step towards being fully public. (You don’t need to do this for me, I can see everything on this site.)

10 When you’re ready, publish!

11 See also: and I can also help you, send me a Canvas message or email.

12 Comments are enabled on all posts, but they are highly moderated: anti-spam + manually, by me; I read all comments before approving them (or not) manually for publication. Except for comments by you Authors: our own community will not be filtered.