Writing for Clio and the Contemporary: Post Instructions

Here is a checklist for preparing your post for publication:

  1. Draft your post in Word. When it is complete, email it to admin and we’ll arrange for your post to be copyedited.
  2. After your post has been copyedited and is ready to be posted, copy and paste your piece as a new post on the site. (But keep a saved copy on your computer as a permanent back-up.)
  3. To create a new post, enter the site and click “Write” in the top right-hand corner. Copy your text, and make necessary formatting changes, using our design principles guide. You may need to manually add space, create bullets, and format headings. If this it your first time posting on the site, you should ask an admin to review your post before you hit “publish.”
  4. You do not need to add a byline. The post will show that you are the author and will display your Gravatar. (If you haven’t already updated your Gravatar, please do so now. Our Gravatar guidelines appear under “1” on this “Getting Started” guide.)
  5. Insert images and caption them using this guide.
  6. Insert videos.
  7. Proofread your post to make sure that the text and formatting are correct. Check that all hyperlinks are working.
  8. Click “Save Draft.” After the post has saved, click “Preview” to check spacing, font size, etc.
  9. Go back to the draft. Below the “Preview” and “Publish” buttons, you’ll see “Document” and “Block” categories. Click “Document.”
  10. Within “Document,” select the appropriate category for your post. Options include Academia/Alt-Academia, Contemporary Issues, History Articles, Surviving Grad School, and Teaching. You should tick only ONE of these categories. If you’re not sure which one to click, ask an admin.
  11. Within “Document,” add tags for your article. Check to see what tags come up as you are typing, in case a similar tag already exists. Examples of tags include “syllabus,” “2020 election,” “suffrage,” “politics,” “21st century.” Each post should have at least 4-5 tags.
  12. Within “Document,” if you have an image you want featured, upload it. (We strongly recommend including a featured image!) This image will appear at the top of your post. Horizontal images work best.
  13. Within “Document,” write a short excerpt. This excerpt will appear on the home page in lieu of the first lines of your post.
  14. Click “Save Draft” again. Preview again.
  15. If this is your first post with Clio and the Contemporary, go back to “Document” and click “Save Draft” and “Pending Review,” and then let admin know that your post is ready for a formatting check. If this is not your first rodeo with us, hit “Publish.” Congrats! Let admin know your article is live so we can Tweet about your post!

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