Writing a blog entry

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sun, 2006-12-31 23:41

First, you need to have set up QTM to contact your blog, so that it knows what blogs you run and their categories, if it offers them (Blogger does not). When it has this information, you can start writing your entries in the right-hand section of the composition window.

The left-hand side is where you set posting options. There are five "pages", called Basics, Categories, Excerpt, Tags and Trackbacks.

Basics includes what blog to post to, whether to post a draft or to actually publish, and whether to allow comments and trackbacks.

Categories is just that. You need to have set up the categories using your blogging software's maintenance webpages, as a desktop client cannot help you do this. You may choose a primary category and as many other categories as you like. Click on any of the categories in the "Others" list, and it will highlight it, meaning that your article will be posted into that category as well as the primary category. Click again and the highlighting will disappear, meaning that your post will no longer appear in that category. Refresh will contact your blog to get a new category list. If you have just added a new category, QTM will not know about it until you refresh.

Excerpt is what people will see of your post if they are using an RSS reader or aggregator. If you do not supply one, an excerpt will be formed of the first few words, which may be cut off in mid-sentence.

Tags enables you to add Technorati tags to any post. This is a kind of remote categorisation, allowing the Technorati site to group posts across blogs by subject.

Trackbacks are notifications you send out to other websites to tell them about your article. Depending on how the sites' authors have set up their sites, a link to your article may appear there (usually in the comments section, or in a special trackbacks section). To send a trackback, first go to the page you want to track, and find a "trackback URL", which may be found at the end or the beginning. Copy the trackback URL, and paste it into the little box next to the "Add" box, then click the Add box or press Enter. Note that your content management system, not QTM, will send the ping, and you may have to use your CMS's web interface to make sure it does send it.

You may use the formatting buttons along the top of the window to make parts of the text bold, italic or underlined, to mark up paragraphs, and to insert links and pictures. You can use the "Preview" function to check that, for example, your paragraphs are displayed correctly (as in HTML, carriage returns are not honoured; you must use a "p" tag to identify paragraphs). Finally, when you have finished, use the "Blog this" button, which looks like the green button on a fax machine you use to send the document, to post it.