Why does post format change when posted?

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    I’m not sure why this keeps happening, but when I post a poem, the format changes once I hit publicize. Does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? I copy and paste…could that be the reason? Do I need to retype the whole poem into the post box to keep the format from changing? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is carolwelsh.wordpress.com.


    Two things you need to know. First, if you’re posting from a word processor, like Word:


    Second you need to know how to format poetry so that it will show up the way you want, in your posts:


    I hope that helps.



    Oh my gosh, yes, that helps…but maybe I just won’t post poems anymore, yikes! Anyway, thanks!



    As you have been copying and pasting text from elsewhere without using either icon 5 or icon 6 in Row 2 of the visual editor, please see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#pasting-text

    Then go to Settings > Writing and select “ ___ WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” and then scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

    Posts > All Posts, change all your latest posts to Draft, click Update, change them back to Published, click Update again. (You can edit all of them at once: tick the square in front of their titles then select Edit from the Bulk Actions dropdown and click Apply.)



    I’ll try all of that…but I’m worried all of this may be a bit beyond me. Thanks!



    It’s not as difficult as it seems. :)


    If you use Windows, the simplest thing is to copy and paste from notepad, which you should find on your computer. (There is a similar program on a Mac, but I’m not a Mac user and can’t remember what it’s called). It retains the line breaks but leaves out all the incompatible coding that Word dumps in.

    Also – here’s a quick thing to remember:

    to break a line for a paragraph, hit your return or enter key once.
    to break a line for single spacing (ie, at the end of a line for a new one) hold down the shift key while hitting the return or enter key.

    Even those couple of tips should help you with most poetry.

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