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Dummies Guide to Posting on Kinja

Author’s Edit: This was written many years ago and is likely way out of date. Your mileage may vary.

I know this is going to be very, very basic, but I’ve had a couple people ask me for something like this, so here you go.


For ridiculously techie people/engineers/cyborgs:

“Compose” > Choose where to publish > Choose When to publish > Write Post > Insert tags > “Publish”

For dummies:

0. Become an author (blog specific)

You may have noticed that getting “ungreyed” for one Kinja blog does not mean you’re set for all Kinja blogs. Same holds true for blog authorship. By default, you are an author on your “Personal Blog” which is really just your user account page. If you’ve been lucky enough to get added to the author rolls on a blog like Hackerspace, Whitenoise, TAY, or otherwise, you have additional posting options in the “Compose” screen (see below). You will also be able to “reshare” from one Kinja blog (like whitenoise) to another (like Hackerspace) from the “Share” button on the original post. (See the bottom of the page for a screenshot).


With that out of the way, here’s how to post.

1. Open “Compose” from the Blog Homepage

2. Assign where to publish

You should see options for “Your Personal Blog only” AND any blogs you have authorship at.


3. Assign when to publish

Options include:

  • Now (...)
  • Scheduled (Note: must be in the same format as default MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM)
  • Draft (Note: Both scheduled and draft will put the post on the blog’s draft page and your personal “Private View” page.)
  • Delete (after it has already been published)

4. Write Your Post

As a rule, the first picture/gif will become the lede picture on the blog’s homepage. The first paragraph will become the lede and will display on the blog’s homepage as well. Any links to other Kinja posts will also show up on the homepage.


Here’s the Hackerspace style guide that might help. Also, there are some tips/tricks to get your text looking the way you want here from Whitson himself.


5. Assign Tags

This is a comma separated list that is useful to readers trying to find all “Android” posts, for example. Here’s how it should look:


6. Publish/Save

7. Oops, Typo! Here’s How to Fix It.

You can edit a post after it is up either from the main blog page here:


or from the post under the gear icon here:


As promised, here is a screen-grab of me sharing something from whitenoise to Hackerspace (with your own comments). NOTE: if you don’t have anything to add, you can simply leave the “Add a headline” and post window blank. It will still share!

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