500 to 1000 words

  • Most effective posts fall in the 500 to 1000 range; greater length may be too long to hold a reader's attention.

  • If your post is especially long, it may take us longer to get to it, or we may tell you that it is not right for us.


This Is a Sample Title for Blogs

  • Capitalize the first letter of every word, except for articles and prepositions three letters or less (so "From" is capitalized, but "for" is not; "Is" always gets capitalized)

  • Clear, descriptive titles work better than cute or punny ones. What would you enter into Google if you were trying to find this article? That's usually the best way to start your title.

  • Please no all-caps, but if you want to emphasize a word, add italics with this HTML code: <i>[Insert important word]</i>

Long Quotes/Excerpts

· It is standard blogging practice to "blockquote" excerpted passages of text or dialogue in your posts -- it makes it easy for the reader to differentiate between others' voices and yours, and it makes reading easier on the eyes by breaking up the text.

· To blockquote:

  1. Highlight the portion of text that is quoted

  2. Click the button with the " quotation mark on it, right above the text box

  3. If your quote has multiple paragraphs, insert an additional line break between the first and second (it will look normal when you preview it)

  4. Make sure the <blockquote> tags are adjacent to the first and last words, like this:

Here's an example of what a blockquote should look like:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut.

Aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteursint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Italics vs. Quotes

Please Italicize:

  • book titles
  • movie titles
  • newspaper titles (after "the")
  • magazine titles
  • television show names
  • play titles

Please put in "quotes":

  • book chapters
  • newspaper articles
  • magazine articles
  • tv episodes
  • poems