As promised, here is how I’ve set up a template to use for a weekly “Sunday Links for Writers” post. I’d love to hear what others do to simplify and streamline blogging.

Setting Up a WordPress.com Template Post

1. Write the post with any headings, text place holders, formatting, images, categories, and tags that you want to be included in this particular kind of post (click on screen shots for larger images):

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[Note added 9/6/11: I realize that you can also just save the post as a draft at this point, rather than publishing it as a private post, and it will still show up in the list of posts you can copy. So, if you want, you can save the post (without publishing) at this point and go to step 5.]

2. Before publishing the post, change the post from public to private. To do this, go to the Visibility section, which is in the upper right corner:

Screen Shot3. Change the Visibility to Private, then click on OK:

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4. Publish the post. Because it is a private post, it will show up if you go to your blog’s home page (if you are logged in), but will not show up for other readers. If you want to check for sure, log off your account.

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5. To use the template, open a New Post page and click on Copy a Post (in the Writing Helper section):

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6. Choose the private, template post as the post to copy:

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7. Fill in the headings and text placeholders, change the title (if desired), and add any additional tags or categories.

Screen Shot8. Publish!