How to Blog
This is a quick tutorial on blogs in RPM.
To create a blog, choose "New Blog Entry" from the user menu.
There's other ways to get there but this is the easiest. This will load the blog entry screen. Most of us get the basics to entering the text, but here are some new (and cool) features. These are numbered in red so we can go through them. There is only one category allowed in RPM and that's "Blogs" just to keep things simple. You do have to choose it though (wish there was a default).
1) Tags - Adding tags to your blog entries will cause the tag cloud (below the most recent blogs on the front page) to adjust and show us tags with the most interest. The bigger the tag in the cloud, the more people are blogging about that subject. You can create your own tags but it's best to first try to find one that fits already. Here's what the tag screen looks like: Simply scroll down through the list using the scroll bar (1) and click the checkbox (2) of those tags that apply. If no tag is correct then enter a new one in the "New Tag" box (3). Tags will be maintained and deleted if they are duplicates or too similar and you should never create a tag regarding something so granular as an individual. DO NOT create a tag of your name or your guitar model, simply use the "guitars" tag that is already created. When done tagging click on "Content" to get back to your blog or "Save" if you're done.
2) Trackbacks - Trackbacks are a way to keep track of who's reading your blog. If you have a traceback service you want to use put its URL here. When done tagging click on "Content" to get back to your blog or "Save" if you're done.
3) Metadata - If you're truly the organized type you can additional information to your blog for your own use.
4) Settings - Here you can choose what date and time to publish your blog if you're writing some sort of manifesto, for instance. You can choose who can read your blog. For isntance, choosing "registered" means only people with an account on RPM can read it, not guests. You can also choose to allow comments or not.
5) All Entries -This will show all your blog entries and let you view, edit, and delete them. You can also unpublish them if you want them in your list, but not readable anymore. If you're in trouble with the law about that manifesto, "delete" is better.
6) Pending Entires - If you 've created blogs you didn't publish or set for a future date they'll show up here, in case you change your mind or want to edit your manifesto.
7) My Profile - This is the same screen as "Blog Setup" from the user menu. This lets you set up a whole bunch of ways to find you on the would wide web. However, these are not all viewable on RPM because we use Community Builder for our profiles. Some do have functions if you want to fill them in.
Videos in a Blog
Go to youtube.com and you find the video you like. There you click on the "Embed" button and below click on the "Use Old Embed Code" and then the 560x340, which fits in blogs better. Copy the text from the box.
Then you click on the button in the blog entry that looks like a red less than followed by a red greater than to edit the code. Click where you want the video and paste (CTRL-V for most). Then choose update and save your blog.
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