Thursday, February 4, 2010

Quick Blog Tutorial

There have been some questions and concerns raised via email about interacting with this blog, where things are located, and how to do any of "that stuff." So I am going to address the questions and concerns here in a quick and easy tutorial.  

Follow — I am taking the steps to make this blog readily available and easy to use by offering several different ways to keep in touch and be a part of this community. I will be adding more as I find new, better and easier ways to make everything work. "Followers" will automatically receive notifications rwhen the blog is updated and can easily leave comments on the posts. Some people have had difficulty becoming followers because of their service provider. Sorry. The follower button is currently operated by Google friends and can be found on the left hand side of the page. If you have a Google account of any sort this should be easy to work.

Subscribe — Subscribers can have the blog entries streamed to their Google or any other home page that allows RSS, atom and several other feeds. instead of waking up and checking your Wall Street Journal headlines you can check your Chapter One updates. You don't have to do one or the other, you can actually do both. This is a quick and easy way to keep in touch. The subscribe button can be found on the left hand side of the page and looks like this.

Chapter One Book Reviews

Atom — Atom is a feed like the subscribe button. It can only be used for pages that allow an atom feed. It can be found at the bottom of the front page and is a "type" link.

E-mail — You can also e-mail me at requesting automatic e-mail updates. I will add you to the list and you will receive updates whenever the site is updated.

Comments — I want everyone to take part in the discussions and reviews. Make comments on the books that we cover, or on the review itself. Suggest titles for upcoming reviews or ideas for interviews and articles. 

At the bottom of each entry (see above image) is a small comment button. You should be able to click on that and leave a comment or read comments that have already been made. Anonymous comments are accepted. However, I reserve the right to remove any comment I do not feel is appropriate for the site or it's readers. 

Reactions — Also at the bottom of each entry is a simple way to comment. You may not have time to write a full manifesto or have anything that interesting to say. I still want to know what you think so register your reactions with a simple click. There are several reaction blocks and all it takes is a click to register your thoughts.

E-mail Post — In the same area below each post you'll find a small letter button (Didn't show up on the image above). The button sits directly to the right of the comments. This e-mail button makes it easy for you to share the entry, review, discussion, etc. with any of your friends or colleagues. Spread the word about a book, author or this blog. It's easy.

If this was helpful, let me know.
If you have any more questions, let me know.
If you have any suggestions, let me know.
I need your help to make this site everything it can be, and everything we want it to be.

Thank you.

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