Recent updates to the blogs.lt.vt.edu system have made blogging at GPP Switzerland (and all the associated sites that feed GPP Switzerland through the magic of RSS) easier than ever before. To get started, make sure you are logged in (don’t have blogs.lt.vt.edu blog? Well, if you have an @vt.edu email address, head over here and sign up). If you’re already logged in, just hover over “+ New” in the toolbar (look up, it’s available in the anthracite colored toolbar at the top of the frame). Click “Post” and you’ll be redirected to a lovely (and easy to use) WYSIWYG text editor (you can also play with HTML [if so desired] by switching from the “Visual” to the “HTML” tab at the top right of the text editor). Once there, you can type to your heart’s content — discuss your expectations for the trip, share exciting pre-trip information, recap experiences as the trip unfolds, reflect on the enriching and challenges aspects of the trip, among countless other blogging topics.

When you’re ready to share your thoughts, simple click the blue “Publish” button in the righthand column. Oh, please use the category “GPP14” (without the quotation marks) for any Global Perspectives Program posts. The syndication filter will only accept those posts with the “GPP14” category. Using categories (and tags too) will help readers (and you) better navigate the blog.

Don’t forget to add images, embed videos, adjust text formatting, and tweak all types of other exciting WordPress features (just play around with the toolbar at the top of the text editor). And, when you’re feeling ready — start exploring the lefthand column. There are numerous options for personalizing the look and feel of your blog.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact Justin with questions. You can also leave comments throughout this blog and on contributors’ individual blogs.