Thank you for your interest in joining Materialia Indica, and participating in the conversations there.
Joining Materialia Indica is easy. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide (you will have to follow Option A or Option B):
- If you already have a WordPress.com membership associated with the e-mail address you provided, you click on the relevant link in the mail from us inviting you to join us.
- It may be hard to believe, but that’s it!
- You will receive an invitation from WordPress.com at the e-mail address you provided. If you click on the relevant link in that mail, it should take you to the sign up page.
- Fill in all the details — your username, password, e-mail address, etc.. [ Possible glitch in this step: If your preferred user-name is already taken, you may have to choose another one ]
- The last item in the sign up form asks you whether you want a blog for yourself. If you want one — I mean, other than Materialia Indica 😉 — choose the option that says, “Gimme a blog!”. Else, choose the one that says, “just a username, please.”
- That’s it. You have just become a member of both WordPress.com, and Materialia Indica. [By the way, the former allows you to create a blog for yourself whenever you wish.]
- Update: This membership does not (yet) allow you to ‘publish’ your posts; for that we need to change your status from ‘contributor’ to ‘author’. So, when you finish signing up with WordPress.com, please let us know (the invitation message contains our e-mail id), so that we can effect this change.
If you now log in to Materialia Indica (by using your username and password on this page), you will be presented with a ‘dashboard’ from which you will be able to choose a lot of possible ‘next actions’.
To start with, you will probably want to write a post. Here’s what you do: under the ‘Posts’ tab (in the left pane), choose ‘Add new’; alternately, you can also click on “New Post” in the top bar. It will take you to a page with a ‘text entry’ area for the title and another for the post itself. After filling in these text areas, you can add one or more categories under which your post will be filed; please choose from among those listed. When you are done with these, press publish.
I hope these instructions work as well as I think they will. If you run into any difficulty, please let us know.