How to get started

Registration and sign-up

If you’ve participated in Thing-a-day 2012 or 2013, you should be all set to get started again for 2014. Follow WordPress instructions if you’ve forgotten your password!

If you want to participate and don’t have a username / password for wordpress yet, please enter your email address in the following form online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q5V9KNP

We will send you a WordPress official invitation on February 1st.

Once you’ve started…

We Want Images!

We want images on the front page! We need you to assign one of your post-images as the featured image. Then all is good. Else you’ll be featured text-only.

*Note: As this is a wordpress.com housed blog, we don’t have unlimited space. Please keep your image-uploads at a reasonable filesize.

We Want Tags!

Please tag your posts according to subject, processes, materials used, thoughts, feelings, .. This will make it easier to find similar items.

Your User Profile!

If you click directly on a little gravatar icon, it’ll show all the posts this user has contributed. If you hoover over the gravatar, it’ll show more and you can go to the user’s profile on gravatar.com. Share more information about yourself, upload your own image, etc. – either through WordPress>Dashboard>Users>MyProfile or on gravatar.com.

Detailed Instructions on How to Post on WordPress

Thanks to muddybeasts for posting her Posting Instructions, and last year’s Instructions on Creating your First Thing-a-Day 2012 Post.

Think you can do better than this?

If you have lots of ideas for what to do with Thing-a-day, the community, and the blog; or if you think you have what it takes to administer Thing-a-day, drop us a line in the comments box and we’ll be in touch! We’re looking for new energy to keep this yearly get together alive!

About Thing-a-Day

Thing-a-day is a yearly collective creative sprint where participants create one new thing daily and post it on this collective blog. Thing-a-day has been running on various online platforms since 2006.

46 comments

  1. bubblemunch

    Gosh – so not used to WordPress and completely unprepared for projects!!! :-/

  2. I know you already have more than enough to manage, but if somehow you get around to it…

    I wrote a test post (http://thingaday2012.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/210/) used the Featured Image widget; I see the image on the post, but I don’t see it on the front page… p.s. I included the image via link

    – should it work linked or do I really need to upload the image? (I was trying to help the space issue)
    – do I need to resize or maybe am I using the wrong widget?
    – Is there a way to include that featured image via post by mail or will we need edit for featured images later?

    • I think I just answered one of my questions, so posting here in case anyone else wants to know… you HAVE to upload the image to the site in order to select the “Featured Image” option.

  3. laurajean60

    I want to see if my avatar shows up

  4. grimmlynn

    bubblemuch, I am not used to the WordPress format either, so I will be stumbling my way around the first few days, no doubt.

  5. I am very bad with computers, so I’m sure I will embarrass myself.

  6. oh, I can see I need some help too…is what we upload suppose to be on the main page? Mine shows up…someplace else….

  7. lancmaltby

    So excited to get started! I’ve put on my creative thinking cap – I’m ready to begin

  8. Thing-a-Day

    Hello drocks2, you need to post from the thingaday2012 blog to see your posts here. If you post on your own, other wordpress.com, it won’t show up on this one.

  9. I guess I thought I was. step by step I go up to my name in the upper right corner, drop down box comes up, I click on thing a day, another box comes up to the left and I choose post a new message….please walk me through it….if this isn’t right.

    • drocks 2, Yes. Go to your name > upper right corner > drop down box > roll over to thing-a-day 2012 > another box appears > Go to New Post and click. You should be all set from there! Make sure you remember to publish your post once it’s ready.

  10. Will I still be able to link my posts to facebook this year?

    • Thing-a-Day

      The setup we have here (free multi-user wordpress.com blog) doesn’t allow users to easily publicize their posts onto their facebook. You will have to manually share your posts on your facebook wall.

  11. am i too late?? :( i can’t figure out how to post here other than in the comments.

  12. rw

    How do I see all the other posts besides front page? last tiime you could scroll thru apges and see lots of the days work… now just the front page?

    • Thing-a-Day

      The front page displays the 40 most recent posts. Once we hit 40 posts (soon) additional pages will be added automatically.

  13. RW. Try using the Calendar view to see all the post by dates! Should be a nicer way to see what we collectively are making on a daily basis.

  14. Is it not possible to begin today? I was only introduced to the site last night, and I really want to post!! Help!

  15. oooh hello! I’d forgotton all about TADS and I want to join in. HELP! it all seems so different this year! I still have my Posterous account. Yikes!! How do I register? Moira x

  16. Dancing Ferret Design

    I have tried repeatedly to post my image to the front page and it does not work. I do not like WordPress at all! I was so looking forward to TAD but due to this I may drop out. Also do not care for the new format. Why did we leave Posterous?

  17. Dancing Ferret Design

    Okay, after the fifth time it finally worked. sigh.

  18. I’m really confused on how to operate this site. Any tips or tricks anyone? I was really looking forward to this whole concept, but my frustrations are so high.. I don’t know if I can manage to monkey with going nowhere any longer…

  19. @Thing-a-day: I can hack your WordPress theme so it’ll automatically display the first image in a post without having to set it as featured. We could make it so if there is a featured image set, it’ll use that, otherwise default to the first image within the post. It’s not super difficult. I did it for another site. Let me know. :)

  20. smalldetailsaboutme

    is there any possibility to still participate and if yes, what do I have to do?

  21. I really struggled to do my first post yesterday (never using wordpress before).
    I jotted down some instructions I used. I used the instructions as my first post.

    http://thingaday2012.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/instructions-on-creating-your-first-thing-a-day-2012-post/

    Hope it helps someone else.

  22. Is it too late to sign up? I came by a couple weeks ago, but nothing was ready yet. I had so much fun with TAD last year, I can’t believe I forgot all about it yesterday!

  23. Thing-a-Day

    Registration is closed now.

    • smalldetailsaboutme

      why did you have to close registration – why not leave it open?
      I thought I had registered on Feb 2 and when I wanted to post the things I have made until today, realized that apparently my registration wasn’t succesfull! So I have all those things here I would like to share with you but cannot and that feels quite frustrating.
      NOT HAPPY, folks!

  24. Terri Greenberg

    Last year there were some really great instructions for optiminzing images so that the file sizes weren’t huge. I thought I’d saved the links to the optimizer site, but apparently I did not. Anyone else remember?

  25. Hello Admins! Can we use Auto Featured Image plugin https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/auto-featured-image/ or something similar for this installation?
    That creates featured image from the first image in a post, if there is nothing setup manually.

    • Thing-a-Day

      that would be a great idea, but the plugin only works for wordpress.org self-hosted blogs. not wordpress.com blogs.

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