Getting started

Thanks for signing up to contribute to the Community Voices blog. The following guide has everything you’ll need to get started: from how to create a new post to submitting your content and the publication process.

Getting Started:

Step 1: Creating a new blog post:

  • Click on the "Start A Blog Post" button to initiate a new blog post.

  • Provide a title and teaser for your blog post. Make them engaging and descriptive. For editorial guidance, see the Best Practices and Style Guide resources.

  • Add content to your blog post:
    • In the Details section, write the body of your blog post. For editorial guidance, see the Best Practices and Style Guide resources.
    • Use the provided formatting options to customize the text, such as headings, bold, italics, bullet points, and numbered lists.
    • Use the toolbar to insert images, videos, and other media to enhance your blog post. Ensure that you have the necessary rights and permissions to use any media files. See the Content Submission & Publishing Rules for guidance on using media.
    • Incorporate hyperlinks to external sources or internal pages within your blog post. Highlight the text and click the hyperlink icon to add a URL.
    • Be sure to proofread your work and check for any grammatical errors, spacing issues, etc.

  • Adding the Details:
    • Be sure to use the "@mention" capability to tag members you may want to thank, reply to, etc. There is also a Co-Authors section where you can credit any member who may have collaborated on the content.
    • If there are any files that need to be attached this is also where you can do so. Please do not add photos or videos in this section, and instead embed them in the detail editor by utilizing the tool bar as mentioned above. This section is for supplemental documentation such as presentations, spreadsheets, drawing files, etc.
    • Blog Labels are a mandatory section to fill in, please choose the labels that your content best relates to. If the content is NOT cross industry, please avoid choosing multiple labels.
    • Cover Photos are encouraged as they are what the readers will see alongside your teaser on the Blog homepage. Cover photos should be 1100x450px. If you have a photo and are looking for a way to edit the size to the proper ratio Canva is a great free tool to do so. When choosing a cover photo make sure to choose something that relates to your blog post.

  • SEO Optimization:
    • In the SEO section, optimize your blog post for search engines.
    • Add a meta title and meta description that accurately represent your blog post's content and target relevant keywords. Use the focus keyword field to specify the primary keyword you want to target.
    • You can save your post at any time and return later to continue editing by selecting "Save Draft." You can access your drafts at any time through the blog dashboard (see the section below for instructions).
  • If you're ready to submit your post, click on the "Submit for Review" button.
  • ONLY POSTS THAT ARE SUBMITTED FOR REVIEW ENTER THE PUBLICATION PROCESS. If a post is saved and in the dashboard as a "Draft" it will not undergo the editorial process and will be left in the dashboard until submitted for review.
  • Congratulations! You have successfully written and submitted a blog post.
    Next, a member of the Autodesk Community Team will review your post. Minor edits may be made to ensure that your post meets the guidelines in the Best Practices and Style Guide resources and Content Submission & Publishing rules. If substantial edits are recommended, a member of the team will contact you to discuss.
    You’ll be notified when your post is published.

  • Using the blog dashboard:
    The blog dashboard is where you will manage your posts. To access the dashboard, visit the blog homepage and scroll down to the Blog Dashboard section in the right hand column.
    To access your posts, click "View My Contributions".
    Here you will be able to see all "My Blog Article Contributions", including Drafts, Awaiting Review, and Published posts. Click on any post to access the blog editor.