I have had a bunch of questions from people who are new to reading blogs. I know a lot of you are old pros, but for those of you who aren’t I will share some basic blog information.
When I write a new “post” it is put at the top of all my other posts. This is the first thing you see when you come to my site. Older ones are pushed down and there is an archive of older posts you can access by clicking on a month in the archive section – a link which is in the right hand column marked “Archives”.
When I write a post I will mark it with certain categories. There is a list of my “Categories” in the right hand column and if you are interested in a certain topic, you can click on that word and automatically a list of those marked posts will be there for you to read.
There is also a section in the column on the right that lists “Some Background”. These are pages that give background so that if you don’t know our family – or were not on my email list for the past two plus years – you may not have read this information. I know when I go to someone’s blog I may be interested in the person and their story, but I have to search around and read a bunch of old posts to figure out what they are talking about! I thought this would make it easy for people to quickly access the back story.
I have a section in the right hand column called “Blogroll”. These are blogs that I visit on a regular basis. The blogs I have listed vary in topic and content.
There is also a link in the right hand column to subscribe through Feedburner to receive an email everytime I post a new message. If you like to keep track of blogs with RSS, you can use that link that is at the top of the website. You can choose to be kept informed of posts and/or comments. If you don’t know what RSS is or how to use it, here is an explanation for you. A short explanation of RSS is that you can have a list of updates on sites you are interested in, but it is not emailed to you – you access it from your “Favorites” pull down list when you are on the internet, but you would choose the tab at the top marked “Feeds” instead of “Favorites” or “History”.
To comment on a post, you just click on the “comment” link at the end of the post. If you haven’t signed in before you just have to give a name or nickname and your email address. No one but me will see that email address so don’t worry about your privacy. You can also click on the “comment” link if you just want to read comments. It will tell you if anyone has commented on that post. Please do comment! Even if it is just to say, “Hey. I read your post. Enjoyed/hated reading it. You are the smartest person on earth/biggest idiot I ever heard.” 🙂 You don’t have to leave some lengthy, witty, insightful comment, but it would be fun to have a dialogue with you!
I appreciate all of you who come here to visit. Keep coming and please do invite others to come as well. The more the merrier! If you have any questions that I didn’t answer, why don’t you see if you can leave it in the comments? It will be a test! Ha