We are more then happy to welcome you to this group!
Please find below some info to help you get familiar with the blog and some general tips.
2. First steps
- For basic information on how to use WordPress, watch this video.
- We’d appreciate a first post presenting yourself as a new author, saying a bit about your background and the topics you plan to post about. Up to you. 🙂
3. How often should I post?
- There is no such rule. You can prepare posts whenever you want and with the frequency that fits better for you. This is not an obligation. This is a hobby. 🙂
- The posts will be published respecting the Post Schedule and Tracks we have set though, after editor’s review.
4. Preparing and Publishing your posts
- Ensure you are writing your draft in WordPress this allow better formatting.
- You can start a draft anytime you have a good idea and just finish it later (I do it all the time).
- Make sure you review Content Quality, SEO and Formatting items (as per below) before submitting it.
- Once you submit a blog post, the editor will review it, make edits (if required) and then schedule it to be published.
- Be aware the posts will be scheduled according to the Posting Agenda, which allow our readers to follow different days for different tracks.
- When done, let Matheus know you have a blog pending of his review.
5. Presenting in Conferences
- AWESOME! Reach Matheus for updated information and mention in your presentation you’re a GrepOra Author. Be proud of us as we are proud of you!
- Ask Matheus to publish your conference in our Conference Agenda.
- Make a post promoting the event:
- Where? When? What will you talk about? How to attend?
- Afterwards, make a Review post. Events love it and community too!
- If possible and if you want, share your slides with Matheus so we can list it in our Conference Materials. You can mention this page in your session for those who want the slides and also in your event review post.
6. Authors Whatsapp Group
- If your are not, please ask Matheus to include you to our Whatsapp group.
- No politics, no football, only techie stuff.
- Only rule is: You’ll be added to group only after your first post be scheduled.
1. What to Post?
- Everything you’d “google” for or you’d like to have as a cookbook or even as a future reference for yourself, can be useful for others too: Share!
- There is no silly or dummy content. If you believe somebody may look for this, this is a valid content.
- Simple and quick things like “checking operating system history of reboots” or things solvable with one command can always be interesting.
- Just don’t keep only documenting simple commands. Think in something that can make somebody’s else day on simply finding your post.
2. Have an informal “Intro”
- Include an intro/summary to set the tone.
- Start with ‘why?’. Why is this content useful to the reader? How will they, their team, and their company benefit?
3. Split your content: One main topic per post!
- Really long blog post? Great! This is a perfect opportunity to segment it into a multiple parts ‘series’:
- Include hyperlinks to other posts in the series
- A great example of a series post can be found here.
- Try asking a question to solicit comments.
5. Mix up the content!
- Include images, articles, videos, cartoons, etc.
6. Security! Ensure that there is no sensitive or client information
- Please make sure that your blog posts do not reference any information that can be traced back to a client or a company you work for.
- Review always: hostnames, database names, application names, domains and ip addresses.
7. Peer Reviews
- If possible, as for a peer (any other author) review your blog post prior to submitting it to ‘Pending’ status.
- Peer review helps to ensure there are no security risks or technical errors in the draft you’ve written.
- Reviewers are asked to quickly look over the post and confirm if it’s good to submit on WordPress.
- Complete this step before moving the post to ‘Pending’ status in WordPress.
8. About english…
- If English is not your first language, or simply isn’t your strong suit, we are all here to lear and will be happy to help!
- This blog is written in english to reach a bigger chunk of readers and also to help ourselves to improve our english. That’s the vibe!
1. Include a meaningful title
- This is the most important item for SEO
- This title will appear in search engine results
2. Use Categories
- This is used to organize the blog. Don’t be afraid to select 2 categories or more in case your topic fit to more than one.
- In case your post don’t fit to ANY category, please let Matheus know. 🙂
3. Use Tagging
- If you start typing WordPress will suggest similar ones. Try to repeat them.
- If none of them fits, feel free to create new ones!
- Cross-linking helps our blog thrive.
- This means linking to other Grepora blog posts and website pages.
eg: linking other authors related posts, linking tag or category in blog.
- Ensure your blog post has minimal links.
- Too many may negatively impact search engine optimization (SEO).
- Ensure that you are linking to available content, and that it opens in a new window.
5. SEO Description
- Use SEO Description section in Post editors page for a meta description (summary) of your post. This brings a lot of visibility!
1. Codes and Log Sections
Codes and Logs are an important part of our work AND it’s important they have a different formatting fot making he reading process smooth.
Make use you use tags <pre> and </pre> or <code> and </code> to enclosure your codes!
this is is a text between pre tags!
this is is a text between code tags!
2. Referring Git Code
As authors we agreed everyone is expected to fill the following to remain “active”:
- One Tech Certification in the last 2 years.
- One post on the last 3 months. 4/year.
That’s all I guess…
But this is an open living document, let me know if something is missing here!