If you are using an existing blog or a new one where you might write about topics not related to Ontario Extend, you can use it’s internal organization features to indicate which posts we should syndicate.

This means when the Ontario Extend site checks your site on a regular basis, it only copies references to posts you have indicated should be syndicated.

How this is done varies with blog platforms; and it is a good general practice when blogging to design and use an organizational scheme for your writing to better organize them for readers and for yourself.

Below are some general suggestions for the blog platforms we recommend.

Organizing Posts in WordPress

Wordpress WordPress offers two different ways to organize blog posts- heirarchial Categories and free form Tags. A long running question is for new WordPress users is whether to use tags or categories (see also WordPress.com on Tags vs Categories).

Generally most WordPress users figure out what works best for them over time. Our suggestions is using Categories as “big buckets” to organize the larger topics you write about. The advantage of categories is when writing, they appear as a check box, so there is no problem of spelling one wrong.

Tags work well for more free form description, like adjectives.

For the purpose of Ontario Extend, it doesn’t matter which one you use, as long as you do so consistently. You can create a new category the first time you write a post that uses it, or you can use the Category editor to create them ahead of time (see WordPress.com support for Categories).

Likewise you can just enter tags as you write posts, just remember to use it for every post related to Ontario Extend.

Think now whether using a category like Ontario Extend works for you or maybe a short tag like oextend, either one will work.

In the next sections we will show you how to use your tag/category and also to find the correct addresses for your Tag/Category link and it’s RSS Feed.

Organizing Posts in Blogger

Blogger

Blogger offers labels as a the way to organize your posts. When you are writing your first post related to Ontario Extend, under Post Settings on the right hand side, open the tab for Labels. Add a label you wish to use for your Ontario Extend blog posts.

The next time you open this tool, your previously used labels are listed below, so you can then just click to add it (in this example someone seems to like dogs, you can use any label that is meaningful to use).

Using the labels setting in Blogger

Give some thought now as to what label might be meaningful for you to use in your Ontario Extend blogging.

In the next sections we will show you how to use your label and also to find the correct addresses for your Label link and it’s RSS Feed.

Organizing Posts in Medium

Medium logo While Medium does offer tags for your articles written there, it does not offer an RSS Feed for your posts bearing a tag.

So you cannot use Medium as a blog platform for Ontario Extend unless you are okay with syndicating all your posts from your Medium site. If that us your intent, jump now to getting your medium.com blog link for syndicating all posts.

Organizing Posts in tumblr

tumblr logo A tumblr blog uses tags to organize posts. You will find the entry field in the bottom of the tumblr editor.

Adding tags in tumblr, it will add the # in front, separate multiple tags with TAB or comma

The tumblr editor may autos uggest tags, but these are common ones used by all users. We recommend using a short one word tag you will remember well, like oextend

In the next sections we will show you how to use your tumblr tags and also to find the correct addresses for your tag link and it’s RSS Feed.

Using Your Tag/Category/Label

We need to have at least one new post with your organizing tool, so there is no time like now to

Create a new post with a tag/category/label


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