Sunday, September 20, 2009

MW666- we've barely scratched the surface

the purpose of this post is to ask for any general comments or suggestions underneath by members and visitors to this blog, and to give you a few hints about some features weve discovered, mostly by accident...we'd like to make this a little more interactive, ie, so we're looking for opinions on the layout, the template, & the gadgets were using...or if you have an idea for any gadget on other blogs you'd like to see here that we can look into adding to this site....and we'll also try to answer any questions you may have, if they're of general interest we'll incorpate the answers into this post by way of edit...

i havent had time to get into the comments software yet, does anyone else want to investigate http://intensedebate.com/features? i think i would give us threaded comments sections which can be expanded similar to the ones you've seen on other sites, such as alternet...
(see also: http://intensedebate.com/home and http://intensedebate.com/faq )

here's the general question and answer pages from google; each topic links to FAQs:
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/
http://www.blogger.com/features

& this is the site from blogger where they explain new features as they introduce them:
http://buzz.blogger.com/

ill now try to explain below some of the things i learned, mostly by trial and error, (many errors), in my few months blogging:

links:
there are several ways to incorporate links into your blog posts...easiest is just pasting in the url; readers can click on it & go directly to the article...when you paste a url from a source that is not clickable & doesnt show up colored (typically blue) in the draft, position your cursor at the end of the url and hit the spacebar, & it will then take (turn blue) and become clickable...conversely, if you copy a hyperlink you dont want (ie, one that links you to all the articles in the NYTimes on Obama), position your cursor at the end of it and backspace and it will be removed without changing the word or phrase...
you can also copy & paste any other text link to an article or other info from anywhere on the web; the html code is copied with the link and onto your blog post, so it remains a live link...if you want a to create a hyperlink out of text, the fifth icon on the post bar, right after text color, will do it for you: highlight the text you want to be a link (ie, an web article title) then click the link icon; a hyperlink window will appear and you paste your url in it, (after deleting the http that's already there or picking "other" from the drop down menu); click OK & the highlighted text will then become your hyperlink...
for adding links to comments, youll have to enter html code by hand...ive only done this a couple times, just to see if it works, obviously, just pasting the url is easier; i cant paste the rather simple instructions here because blogger interprets my example as real html and creates a link without the code...if you're interested, you can check the example in this article or let me know & ill email my example...
on one occassion i tried pasting a url in a comment and it didnt paste completely; if this happens to you you can shorten your url by using this site: http://bit.ly/

RZ has added a new feature to the posting capabilities which he discovered while working on his blog; hit "new post" on the top bar of this site and you'll see that you can add a url to make your post title an external link, or add a url to an enclosure link to another site (careful of double http again); examples are on his two posts below, and hopefully he will come on to this post afterwards to explain to me and all of us how to use the "links to this post" under each post...

editing drafts:
if youre typing your post right into a blogger draft and want to rearrange your text by cut and paste, use the edit html tab...be careful if you're trying to move a hyperlink or any other hypertext by cutting to make sure that you get all of the associated html code...

comments:
i recently changed the comment form placement; instead of appearing in a seperate small window, they're now imbedded below each post...ok with everyone? also, if you want to see which topics are being commented on without scrolling, click "new post", then "edit posts" and a list of labled topics will appear which will show comments for each and a "view" button to get you to the one you want to look at... 9/23 update; non-team members can now comment without completing the captcha word-verification step

i also found something i had filed a few weeks back regards jumps, whereby we can have just a snippet of each post on the main blog page, as an index, and have "read more" follow each as a link to the rest of each article...
http://buzz.blogger.com/2009/09/you-might-as-well-jump.html
i havent really checked into it yet, dont know if you all want it, so any feedback will be appreciated...

i probably missed adding something to this post as ive been pretty harried keeping up my other blog this week, if i think of something else ill be back with edits in this space, so watch for updates...and if im not clear on any of the above, or if there are any features you want to discuss, email me and ill work with you on it...

RZ------ " half of the stuff that i figured out, takes me ten minutes to refigure. i have tro back track. lol
it has been a week now. and for me it has all been trial and error. -----if you want some int to go straight to the article,under neath the title box, there is now another box, just paste the url in there. then when some one hits the title topic on the page it will take them right to the article. you can still post in the post box underneath.
the label tag, and box on the bottom when you post? in that box just type in the [ group ]==label. you want it classified as.
you can have more than one label seperated by commas and the like named "labels" on the sidebar will link to your article.

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