How to Create and Post to Your Blog

Here are instructions on how to create and work with the single blog that will offer a version of your presentations. You only need to create one blog — a single blog can contain many entries. Creating more than one will only make the database list longer and slow others down as they browse.

Creating your Blog: First, go to the course menu — below is an image of a sample course menu, but yours will look much the same:


Here is the same or a similar menu fully extended so you can see its links:


The main sections you will be using from the menu are Requirements and Resources. Click on the appropriate folder so you can see the Requirements links. Then left-click on Blogging. When you do that, the central page containing the links you need to work with and view blogs will appear. Notice that several links are near the top, as follows:

Before you begin, review these Instructions.
To create your blog, log in and then visit Create.
To post to your blog, log in and then visit Post.
To view a list of the blogs on this wiki site, visit View List.

Note: if you are accidentally logged off after clicking on Create or Post, just stay on the same page, log in again and hit your browser's refresh button. Then you should be able to proceed with your task.

Now left-click on the Create link, which will bring up the following screen:


Now, as in the sample below, input a Title and a short Description. (Note: this area is not where your full entries will go!) The title should start with the course number, then your last and first names separated by a comma. The description should begin with your name and then give the last names of the authors on whom you will be presenting (when you know that information): as in, "Jane Doe on Blake, Shelley, Joyce." After having filled in the title and description boxes, click Save.

Notice the options boxes — I've set options to allow for entry titles, searchability, and comments by other users, but I've left unchecked the option that would allow others to post their own entries to my blog. Please be sure to leave this option unchecked, or others may accidentally post to your blog since the option, if checked, makes your blog appear in the list of blogs to which a given user may post. (Each person should have only one blog and be able to post only to that blog.) I have left the number of posts to show on a page at 10, and have left the "blog heading" code as-is. Here's a sample:


Now that you have created your blog, you can start posting individual entries to it. To do that — provided that you're logged in as usual — you need only go to the Requirements/Blogging page of your course menu, and then left-click on the link Post. When you do that, you'll see a new page with a place to type or — much better — paste your text. (It's better to compose your text in your own word processor into a saved file, and then just copy-and-paste it into your blog text area. That way, you're much less likely to lose your work.) Below is an example of an entry (along with an appropriate title) that's ready to be previewed and saved. Please note that when you use this method of posting entries, you may need to click on "Preview" first to see the title bar that allows you to give your entry a title.


Notice above that to save space, I've used the text area to include some formatting tips when you're typing up or pasting a blog entry — these tips include advice on how to copy and paste text from your word processor into the blog's text area. Please read the tips before you move on. Tiki's editor is simple like MS Notepad, so avoid indenting and sophisticated formatting.

Once you click on Save and Exit, you'll have your first entry, to be followed eventually by further entries. Below is the entry as it looks after it has been posted. Please notice the small text-and-pencil icons both near the top of the blog page and inside the individual entry that's been posted. The one at the top can be used to post a brand new entry (which would be the second entry), and the one inside the already posted entry can be used to edit the page if you want to make some changes and re-save it.

Although you don't see it in the screen-shot below, at the bottom of the page there's an add comments link. While other users can't change your actual entry, they can add comments that will later appear underneath it. Perhaps others will want to offer you feedback on your thoughts, or pose a question. At bottom right you can see icons for printing and for emailing the entry; at the top of individual entries are icons for saving a copy and for eliminating the entry.


You can visit your blog by going to the course menu and left-clicking on Blogging in the Requirements section and then left-clicking on View List. That will bring up the database table containing every blog on the site, and you can page through the table to find your blog. Below is a partial image of the database table:


One further note: while you're viewing this database, you can post an entry simply by locating your blog and clicking on the text-and-pencil icon towards the right end of your listing. And clicking on the wrench-and-screwdriver icon will allow you to change your blog title and blog description if neccessary:


Created by admin. Last Modification: Sunday 05 February, 2006 06:29:07 PM PST by admin.

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