Mail It In

No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is always more to learn. As part of the Weekly Writing Challenges,…

No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is always more to learn. As part of the Weekly Writing Challenges, once a month, we’ll be highlighting a feature in the Dashboard and challenging you to incorporate it into your blog. We want to help you take full advantage of all the tools available on to make your blog the best it can be  — and to make your friends jealous of your web wizardry. 

To participate, tag your posts with “DPchallenge” or leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight the week’s best posts on Freshly Pressed each Friday.

We spend a large portion of our days checking email, sending email, reading email, and following up on email. Suffice it to say that, for many of us, our email inbox is like a second home. It’s a place where we can communicate with old friends, update coworkers, or schedule meetings with colleagues. We share articles, ideas, emotions, and thoughts through our virtual mailbox.

Did you know that on you can send a post to your blog via your email address, without even visiting your Dashboard? With the Post by Email tool, you can draft a post, insert photos, and publish it to your site without ever leaving your mailbox. It works by creating a unique email address to which you can send your posts and that automatically converts your email into a regular, post. (Do note that it’s very important to keep this email private, since anyone with access to this email can publish to your blog.)

For this week’s challenge, use the Post by Email tool to create a new post touching on email, communication, and online correspondence. Go beyond how email may have changed how you communicate and dive into a specific example of a funny interaction, specific trends, or a detailed, comedic account of your email obsession. If you need a few ideas to get you started, try these on for size:

  • Take the challenge literally, and write an email for your blog. Your email can be to your favorite favorite teacher from grade school, or an open letter to that gigantic chain store you just can’t stand. Either way, write your post in email format, complete with salutations and small talk.
  • Talk about email itself. Do you roll out of bed each morning, dreading to check your inbox? Or do you thrive on the accomplishment of clearing your unread emails each day? For those of us who remember the days pre-email, we know not to take online communication for granted and remember both the pros and cons of relying on telephones, snail mail, and even spontaneous visits to a friend’s home as the only way to stay in touch.
  • Use a subject from your inbox to write a story. It can be a line from a ridiculous Groupon offer that prompts your tale, or a sincere message from a blog follower. Use whichever email subject that strikes your family as a writing prompt and go from there.

Don’t forget to add the post title shortcode to your email so that you can set your title before mailing in your post. To do this, add the following short code to the beginning of your email. Replace “Weekly Writing Challenge: Mail It In” with your preferred post title.

[title Weekly Writing Challenge: Mail it In]

For an advanced challenge, incorporate the other available Post by Email shortcodes so to embed photos, select your categories, and insert a slideshow without ever even visiting the Dashboard. Who knew that checking your email could help you with your daily posting?

Update: For those who would prefer to not email in their post, please feel free to use the prompts to respond to the challenge without using the Post by Email feature. 

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  1. Maybe because I’m in Blogger, but I don’t participate even in the interesting ones (like THIS) because I don’t understand about codes and linking it up. That said, I can tell you that on my blog, on my specific post about 9-11, there is a big part of the story that swings on an email I received – which I feel aligns to this post.


  2. words from our hearts to be conveyed via virtual media; Blogging expands the boundaries of friends across continents, cultures and billion of souls with just a click…transmit in the speed of light. The world is closer, smaller and faster…mail it in, especially contents of life increased…


      1. 1) I typed in my blog with your instructions above:

        It didn’t work.

        2) For the benefits of many many Dailypost fans like me, please update your instructions on the support on Post by Email section.

        Please use plain language that most of us might understand.

        Please also make sure the steps are logical and easy to follow.

        3) I got to my Dashboard. I got to My Blogs.

        From Step 2 onwards, nothing makes sense. “Make sure Post by Email is enabled in your Screen Options.”

        I’d love to crack this problem. Please advise.


      2. Okay? so we use the email address generated by WordPress to type a blog in our regular email….

        How do you see that blog posting for the writing challenge???

        Very, Very confusing.


  3. This question may have an obvious answer, but I was wondering if there is a requirement to fulfill this week’s writing challenge THIS week? Sometimes I get great ideas from these WordPress prompts and start working on the post, but by the time I finish, there is a new prompt. Do the older posts written to fulfill a “DPchallenge” still get considered for Freshly Pressed?


    1. We do check the DPChallenge tag every week and primarily bump posts from the current writing challenge. However, if your posts are in the tag for DPChallenge, we will see them 🙂


    1. I too was worried about spam until I signed up with “Akismet”. Since I added it through my widgets…spam has been blocked twice. Once you have this you will notice that spam does not get through. Just thought I would comment on this, since you had the same reservations that I had when I started out blogging.


  4. For any participants deterred by the Post by Email feature, please note that you can simply write a post inspired by the prompt to participate rather than needing to send in the post via email. (If you want to try and are having trouble, let us know in the comments.)


  5. I may give this a try, though I’m not very interested in the Post by Email feature. I can write my posts on my dashboard just as easily, if not more so. But I think this challenge will be fun 🙂


  6. Finally — it worked. I sent my very first post via email. I even included an image.

    1) Remember to add your post TITLE on the SUBJECT area.
    2) I failed the first time, as I put the Title in the main text area. So only the Title was shown.
    3) I’m not sure why the Category details didn’t show up. I had to sort out the category manually afterwards.Tags details showed up as they should.

    I believe practice makes perfect. It’s worth a try. I’m pleased to have learn another WordPress trick!

    I’m happy now.


      1. Another thought – this may sound obvious, but did you add the shortcode [end] after the body of the email, or in the list order on the support page? The [end] shortcode removes everything that follows it, so if you (like me, initially) copied and amended the list of shortcodes then it’ll have ignored all your actual text.


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