We’re pretty new to this blogging thing and we’re probably not alone. We’ve put together this short guide to help newcomers get comfortable with the MDBA blog.
Finding your way around
The blog is made up of posts that are displayed in reverse chronological order – that is, newest first. You’ll sometimes see an older post at the front of the blog – this is a post we’ll have made ‘sticky’ so that people can see it up front. But what about posts that aren’t on the front page? We’ve done a few things to help you out.
- Categories: Each post has been filed under a category; these are the categories that make up the menu at the top of the blog.
So if you only want to see posts about the Basin Plan, simply select “Basin Plan”.
- Tags: Put simply, tags are keywords or subjects used to describe what a post is about. The bottom of each post has a list of tags associated with that post. You can also find a list of all tags used on the side of the blog.
Click on any of the tags listed on the side of the blog to see posts about that subject.
- Monthly archives: Posts are grouped together by month. Useful if you know when a post was written or you’re just interested in what we were all talking about in month X.
- Search: If you know what you’re looking for, you may prefer to use the search option instead – look for the search box in the menu bar.
Leaving your mark
Don’t just read our stuff – have your say too! You can comment on our posts or reply to anyone else’s comment. To comment on our post, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill out the comment form. To reply to someone else, click on the “reply” link at the bottom of their comment.
In the comment form, include a name or nickname, an email address (it doesn’t have to be a real one) and your comment. The URI space is an optional space for you to include your website address, if you have one. Once you’re done, complete the reCAPTCHA (the human test we use to stop spambots). If you can’t tell what the two words are, you can “get a new challenge” or “get an audio challenge” instead.
All that’s left now is to hit “Submit Comment” and share your thoughts.
Not quite ready for that? That’s ok. You can still make your mark by rating posts and comments. You can leave a rating out of 10 stars on blog posts and you can give a thumbs up or thumbs down to any comment. If you like what someone has said, consider giving them a thumbs up.
One last thing
Have a look at the moderation policy before you start commenting. We do have some common sense rules to make sure that the blog is a place where anyone and everyone can feel comfortable joining in discussions. Ultimately, we want this to feel like your space as much as ours. If you see a comment that you think is not in the spirit of the blog, you can send us an email or give it a thumbs down.