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Blogging 101 for Newbies

posted 12/27/2012 11:19:22 AM |
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Welcome to the new blog posters on AMD. I am reposting this to help you out a bit with the functionality of the site's features.

Accessing the Functionality of AMD blogging

Reset your commenting preferences to automatically approve all comments. Myself and many others will not comment unless you do. By default AMD preferences are set to require approval before posting the comments. How you change this is to click on "My Account", all the way over to the right you will see "Comment Settings". You click on it and can change it there.

When you go to post your blog or comment on somebody else's you will see little icons below the text box indicating bold, underline, italics, and quote. Simply highlight the passage you want to apply the feature to and click the icon.

To make a Web address a hot link, copy the full address, hit the URL button, delete the highlighted "http://", paste the Web address in, click "okay", another dialogue box will come up, click "okay" if you just want to show the link. Otherwise type in the title you want to give the link and click "okay".

After you complete your message, click the preview button. From the resulting display you can see what your message will look like. Click on your URL hot link to be sure it works. It will open a new window and you will either see the site or an error message.

The image button only works for paying members.

If you want to edit your blog, go into you home page and click on view my blogs, they will all come up. If you then click on the pencil icon next to it, you can edit it.

If you want to block a user, you can do this from an email you get from them. If you wish to unblock somebody, you can click on my account and there is a link to the users you have blocked. If you comment on a blog and it says that the comment will be automatically approved, then you make a comment, only to see screen refresh and say, "Blog comment posted and awaiting approval", then you are blocked.

Blog searching a nice little known feature of this site. Let's say regarding a cool recipe blog, that a month from now, you remember who posted a blog that had a great recipe that you want try. The trouble is that you can't recall who wrote it. Well, this is the solution.

From the blog page, if you type the word "recipe" in and click search, it will display the blogs with the word "recipe" in the title of the blog. Tags has nothing to do with it. It is just like Google. Consequently, a year from now, you may need some Halloween jokes. If you type in "Halloween jokes", you will get a listing of all blogs with both terms in the blog title.

So if you write a blog that you feel may be of value to people later on, be sure to include some key words in the title.

You can also go back to edit your past blogs that may be of interest to others later and add key words to the title. I have done this as sometimes I want to reference one of my past blogs or copy/paste it as a comment. It makes it a lot easier for me to find it as opposed to plowing through my archives.

There is potential for people to use your blog as a flame war battleground. AMD management holds the blog poster responsible for policing their blog. If people get nasty you can click on the trash can icon next to the comment and delete the comment. You can also from your email, block people from commenting.

In order to appear on the main blog page, your posts must be at least an hour apart unless somebody else posts a blog after your first one.

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Dec 27 @ 11:51AM  
Thanks for advising the newbies and reminding us veterans. Blogging is contagious. The more you blog, the more others will blog. One of my goals for the new year is to just carve out a little time to blog. It's not hard...JUST DO IT!

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