I am so totally new to this and still finding my way around WordPress, and I have a couple of questions. Appreciate any help.
1. When I create a new post, from the <My Blog> screen I click <New Post> then select <Text> and write my post. I can add tags and links in that screen, but not categories. To add categories to my post I have to leave that screen and go somewhere else. I can't remember where I go, in fact I can never remember where I have to go and I end up browsing around different screens until I stumble upon the one I want. After adding the categories, I publish my post. Was this designed to be deliberately difficult or is there an easier way to do this?
2. What exactly do tags and categories do? I mean, readers can click on them to see other posts in a particular category, I know that, but do they do anything else. I'm thinking particularly about affecting the way posts get indexed by search engines, that sort of thing. If a search string was, "civil rights, privacy" would a post with those tags come up in their search even if those specific words do not appear in the post?
3. My posts tend to be a bit longer than most, so I compose them first in Notepad then copy paste them into WordPress. But WordPress doesn't recognise simple formatting like line breaks and paragraphs so I spend three hours re-formatting it to get the line breaks right. I have tried pasting it into MS Word first, then pasting it into WordPress but that doesn't improve things. I'm not interested in fancy indents and italic text and stuff, just basic line breaks and paragraphing. Is there an easier way to do this?
4. Is there an English language explanation suitable for a ten-year-old child of what trackbacks and pingbacks are?
Many thanks in advance for any replies.
The blog I need help with is bonsaimartin.wordpress.com.