What’s a Blog Post?
OK, so the blog section of your website is a little different than the static page section of your website. We’ve set this particular website up to have a static home page instead of having the blog posts show up on the home page. That means, it’s well, static! It just sits there. You have to click the “blog” link in the navigation menu to get to the blog.
This is a blog post. When you write it, it sits at the top of your blog. It’s like a static page, but different in that it is bumped down when you write a new blog post. So then it’ll be the second post on your blog. Every time you write a new blog post, that new post will sit at the top of your blog and your other posts will move down one spot.
I like to refer to the blog as the living section of your website. It’s constantly changing as you share your knowledge with the world.
What Can I Do With a Blog Post?
You can do a few different things here in your posts.
You can add headers, like I just did when I asked the question, “What can I do with a blog post?”
You can make your text bold. You can make your text italic. You can change the color of your text.
You can make bulleted lists.
You can make numbered lists.
You can make links, as you’ve seen throughout this blog post.
You can add blockquotes.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. You can format your text in a lot of ways; just use the commands just above the post. It’s kind of like using a word processor, like Microsoft Word.
What Else Can I Do?
You can also add media, and that’s pretty cool. You can add videos just by posting the url of the video on YouTube.
You can also add single images, or image galleries. Here’s a little image of my cat. Well, not my current cat. But it’s one of my old cats that I dearly loved! I miss you Jewel! What a little sweetie!
Here’s an example of an image gallery.
You can change it up a bit if you want. How about circles?
Squares are nice too.
How about a slideshow?
Posts Are Powerful
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do with a post in WordPress. Posts are powerful. Posts make your site feel more like a living organism. Posts bring growth and life to your site. Also, posts are good for SEO (search engine optimization). Your best bet is to add well-written, content-rich posts with an emphasis on a particular search term on a regular schedule (e.g., once each week, every two weeks, etc.) and Google will reward you.