Sample Topic Post (and Multimedia Tutorials)

Suggestions for copying and pasting your article:

  • Single-space your article in Word.
  • Instead of indenting the beginning of each paragraph, put a space between paragraphs.
  • Check your post a few times to ensure that the formatting appears correct.
  • Be aware that different browsers may show your post a little differently. If you can, check your post in Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer to be certain that your post isn’t full of visible stray html.

How to add links:

  • Highlight the text that will become the link.
  • A small box will pop up. Paste the web address of the link into the url field.
  • Click “Insert.”

How to post a video:

  • Copy and paste the web address into the post editor.
  • Type a v after http, like so: httpv://

How to post a music file:

  • At the top of your post page there is a small music note. Click on it.
  • You can now upload a file from your computer, a url, or from those already existing on the website (media library).

How to insert an image (the easy way):

  • Save the image file to your computer.
  • On the same line as the music note there is a small picture.  Click on it.
  • A window will pop up. Click “Select File.”
  • Find and select the image file.
  • After the image uploads, scroll down in the same window and make adjustments to the image (alignment, size, etc).
  • Click “Insert into post.”

How to insert a divider line:

  • There doesn’t seem to be a way to insert this via the visual editor. Click on the html tab above the post editing field.
  • Scroll to the very bottom of your post.
  • Below the contents of the post, type <hr/>.
  • Go back to the visual editor. Below the line, type “Entry contributed by [your name]” and link your name to your bio post. See my example below.

Entry contributed by Pam Kennedy

Pam Kennedy

I’m Pam Kennedy, TA for “Japan’s Gross National Cool.” In fall 2008, I took Professor DiNitto’s class “Nationalism and Pop Culture in Japan,” in which we explored the intersections between new trends of Japanese nationalism and contemporary pop culture. That class solidified my interest in contemporary Japanese culture and society.

In summer 2009 I conducted research on young novelist Kanehara Hitomi and her books “Snakes and Earrings” and “Autofiction,” which display the Japan in which my generation matured — a recession-era Japan characterized by a contrast of excesses and minimalism.


Kanehara Hitomi.

I am also interested in kawaisa (cuteness). Like many Japanese and non-Japanese girls of my generation, I am drawn to that quintessentially kawaii cat Hello Kitty, and her entourage of adorable Sanrio friends. My favorite is Charmmy Kitty.


The best Sanrio character ever.