-First: Make sure you are logged in to the CUNY Academic Commons
-Once you are in our Course Site (https://anderstsp2017.commons.gc.cuny.edu/) Click on the Menu Item “Go to Blog”
-Next hover your mouse over +New at the top of the page and click on “Post” in the menu that drops down. You will now be in a Post Editor page where you can write your blog, add media such as photos or videos, and set categories and tags for your blog post.
-I recommend that you write your post in Word or another word processing software and then copy / paste it into the post editor page. You *can* write directly into the post editor, but if something goes wrong, you may lose your work.
-As you’re writing, you can save your draft or view the post as a preview using the buttons on the upper right side of the page.
–Adding LINKS to outside websites: click the link button () in the text editor area just below your post’s title, and copy / paste the entire link (including https://) in the blank provided.
–Adding IMAGES or VIDEOS: click the Add Media button () in the text editor area just below your post’s title. You may upload photos or videos that are saved onto your computer or from another website.
For an image file on your computer that you own (it’s your picture), you can simply drag and drop it into the Add Media page, or upload it by searching your computer files.
*If you would like to upload an image you did not take or create yourself, you MUST make sure that the owner of the image is credited and has licensed the image for free use. Your best bet is to find images by searching “Creative Commons Attribution” in an image hosting site such as Flikr.
For instance, here is a screenshot from Flikr that shows an image, the name of the photographer (below the picture on the left side), and the download options (the little arrow down button on the far right). For this image, you would download it by clicking that arrow, saving it to your computer, then uploading it from your computer into our blog on the Add Media page. Be sure that in the body of your blog post, you provide the name of the photographer.
*For videos from YouTube, choose “Insert from URL” in the Add Media page, and copy / paste the link for the video. You can find the video link when you click on “Share” just below the video itself.
For videos, too, you must give credit to the person who created the video, and if you’re providing a trailer to a movie or a TV show, it’s best to find the “official” version created by the director or production company.
-AFTER all of this, you can Save your Draft, Preview the post, or Publish. I recommend that you always Preview before hitting Publish, and remember, once you hit publish, all members of the course will receive an email notification that you have posted.