Before I begin, let me apologize for neglecting my usual Thursday Green Tip-Toe post: Things you can do in 10 minutes to live more green. I've been hearing from a few of you that blogs are a foreign concept and needed some explaining, so I decided to educate you a bit. That will make following my posts and using my site much easier. After all, you can live more green ONLY if you can read more about it, so I guess this qualifies as a green tip-toe.
Let's get started. Our first stop is the home page where you arrive when you type in our name,
http://www.organicjourneyonline.blogspot.com/ . You'll notice that the date of each post is located at the left, so you can see when it landed there. For those of you who are really beginners, a post is simply an article, much like a newspaper column. Most posts within one blog are themed to the blog's content, although there may be an occasional variation. My blog's theme is eating organic and living more green, but I wander a bit by including photos of my furry family just to lighten things up a bit--increase the fun factor.
At the end of each an every post on Organic Journey Online, you will find 2 lines that say the following:
In the middle of the first line of the above is a key word: COMMENTS. This is where you can have your say about this post. Send me a message on your thoughts or questions. Whatever you have to say about this post's topic, this is the place to do it. Just click the word COMMENTS and you're off to the horses. A magical box will appear. Put your cursor inside it and talk to me. I really want to hear from you. One person told me that their COMMENT link doesn't show up in purple on their computer. It doesn't really matter what color your computer displays the link in; just click it. The white envelope icon which appears next to the comment link is exactly what you think it is. Click this and you can send my post to whomever you like. Just type in your e-mail address and theirs, and there is even a place to include a note to them. Again, it is very easy to share my posts this way, so please spread the word if you read something you know someone else would enjoy reading.
Posted by Carrie Boyko at 6:00AM 2 COMMENTS (an icon of a white envelope)Labels: organic, green, green living,
The second line at the bottom of each post begins with the word Labels. These are there partly to help search engines locate content for searches. They can also be a magic carpet ride for you, the reader, straight to the topic you click. Again, I'll cover this in Part II when I talk more about labels.
A basic rule of format for blogs is that the first post in any blog is the most recent. Just like newspaper columnists, bloggers usually follow a schedule. Some post weekly, some daily--anything goes. Following the final post that appears in the post column there is a link to Older Posts. If you click this it will recall posts written just prior to those you have just viewed and you can read a new batch. This is sort of like picking up a stack of older newspapers and playing catch up on your favorite column. A complete Blog Archive (sometimes called a Library or another similar name), which contains blogs written before those shown, appears in the right sidebar. We'll get to that is Part 2 of the tour.
As you scroll downward through the various posts, they will have earlier and earlier dates on them, and finally you will come to the last one. That is where you will find the link to Older Posts.