Helpful Hints for Blog Enjoyment

At last, all those hours I’ve spent reading blogs can be put to good use!  Here are a few tips for readers who are new to the wide world of blogs.

Navigation in the blog

Nowadays, there’s some blurring of the lines between blogs and websites, but our blog is pretty traditional:  it’s written journal style.  On the home page, the most recent post appears at the top of the page. You move backwards through time as you scroll down the page. Reading from the home page is useful if you want to read several posts in a row.

You can click on the title of each post to read it on its own page, and the comments to that post (if there are some) will be visible at the end of the post.  You can move forward and backward between the posts by clicking on the post titles, at the top of the page just below the photo of the sun coming through the trees (called the header).

If you’re reading from the home page, you won’t see the comments until you click on that little gray speech bubble up by the post title.  The number in the speech bubble tells you how many comments there are.

About comments

Without comments, we have no forum for conversation.  With comments, we have multi-directional communication.

It’s easy to comment.  Click on “Post your own” and you’ll go to the comment page.  Although you are asked for your email in order to prevent spam, etc., the email address is not published, or added to a mailing list.  Please give commenting a try.

Easy reading

Here are some different ways you can access our blog, all of them easy:

Bookmark the home page  – do this in your browser

Pros:

  • easy to check the blog whenever you think of it
  • most recent post will be on top
  • manageable if you don’t read many blogs

Cons:

  • you might miss some posts if you don’t check back for awhile, or you might be checking more often than new posts are available
  • not too efficient if you’re reading several blogs

Email subscription – set this up through the link at the bottom of our blog

Pros:

  • sends a new post to you by email, in a timely fashion, so you’ll stay up-to-date
  • manageable if you don’t read many blogs

Cons:

  • if you subscribe to several blogs by email, your inbox could get cluttered
  • fine tune your Junk Mail Settings, or your emails might be filtered out
  • edited to add, it appears that links to videos may not show up properly in the email, so if you are puzzled by some non-English-seeming line of text in the email, click on the post title at the top of the email, which will take you directly to the blog page where everything should be fun and functional
  • also edited to add, with the emails, you won’t see the comments, unless you click through to the blog (the email is sent right after the post goes up, while usually the comments will trickle in over time, so I guess my general recommendation is that you check the blog page every now and then, to keep up with the comments and the extra stuff)

Feed Reader – For example, the Feeds in the Favorites on the Internet Explorer browser or the RSS Feeds in Microsoft Outlook are easy to set up, if you use either of those two programs already.  If you have a Google account, Google Reader is the one I like.

Pros:

  • great if you read several blogs
  • all blogs are gathered in one place, you can easily see when one is updated
  • lots of different ways to do this.  Try a few to see which one works best for you.  Leave me a comment if you want some help.

Cons:

  • can’t think of any!

That’s all for now.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Elizabeth

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