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Rated: E | Book | Other | #101
Explanations and instructions of all things Writing.Com.
#700322 added July 6, 2010 at 4:19am
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"Blog" Tab
If you have an Upgraded Membership or higher, you have the ability to create a Writing.Com blog. A blog, which is internet slang for a web log, is an online diary or journal and is available to you in your Writing.Com portfolio under your "Blog" tab.

Set Up Your Blog
Create a Book item with the sub-type "Journal/Blog". This subtype will allow 500 entries in the book. Any book item can be used as your blog, though. (For more information on creating a book item, please see: "Create/Edit a Book).

After you have created your book, copy the Book's item ID number and enter it into the text box on your "Blog" tab in your portfolio. Your book item is now connected to your account features as a blog, and accessible through the Blog tab of your portfolio!

Access Your Blog
Once you've set up your blog, you can quickly access it via the Blog link in your left navigation under the Writing.Com logo, the Blog tab in your portfolio or using the Writing.Com URL provided in your blog's header. Click into the text box provided under your blog's header to add your entries.

Change Your Blog Item
To change your blog item ID once you have initially set it, you can click the My Account link in the navigation under the Writing.Com logo and choose Account Info. From this area, click on "Options >> Personal Display Options." Under "Blog Item," just enter the item ID number for your blog book item and click the "Submit Changes" button, and you're all set.

Blog Links
When viewing your blog, custom links will be shown in the lefthand column of the page. To set up your links, click the Item Tools drop down menu of your book item and choose "Manage Book". Once there, click the "Manage Blog" link. Please note the Manage Blog link is only shown on the book item you have setup to be your one and only blog. You can set up links in four different sections:
Member Blogs for links to other member blogs within our community.
Offsite Blogs for links to blogs not within our community.
Writing Links for links to writing related resources.
Misc Links for other links that don't fit into the other 3 categories.

Each category may have up to 25 links.

Additional Notes
Blogs are automatically configured to display their entries in "Blog Format" (many entries fully displayed on each page). You can adjust whether 10 or 20 entries are displayed on a page from Item Tools / Edit Item.

While you can only have one blog item display on your "Blog" tab, more than one book item can be set in the blog style and formatting and stored in your portfolio. All blogs will then show on the "Books" item listing page.1


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Footnotes
1  Written by Jeff away until 8/16

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