Writing a Blog Post

You can now have your own blog to share your ideas, predictions, techniques, and PhiCube Analyzer content. Just send a private message to Ralik and he will set you up with your own blog with a URL to also see the blog from the internet.  When you share you ideas they will be listed with others in the whats new section.  It is very easy to write your own blog, after you are setup just click write a blog under the community menu or click through the web site menu.

There are 3 options for writing a blog post: 

  • Built-in rich text editor - This option provides the most complete control over the editing and authoring experience.
  • Microsoft Word 2007 - Microsoft Word 2007 has a built-in "Publish to Community Server" tool.
  • BlogMailr.com - www.blogmailr.com is a free blog by email service for non-commercial (individual) bloggers. Blogmailr is an implementation of the Telligent Enterprise Email Integration Server.

2. Title and Body

Title

The title of your blog post will additionally be used in the URL to help search engines identify the content of your blog for search engine optimization. There are lots of great guides on choosing good titles for your posts. Ideally you want a quick blurb that will grab reader's attention. Only text is allowed in the Title.

Body 

The Body of the blog post is presented with a rich editor with several tool bar options. You can copy-and-paste rich content into the editor as well as use common key-stroke combinations, for example Ctrl-B to bold highlighted text.

3. Tags

Tags (see Wikipedia definition) provide authors and readers with an easy way to identify and filter valuable content. Instead of pre-defining a site categorization or keyword hierarchy tags enable authors, those who are most familiar with the content, to select the keywords or metadata most appropriate for the content. Readers can then use tags to filter content based on the topics they are interested in.

To add tags to your post you can either type tags free form in the textbox (you will be prompted with auto-complete text for tags you've already used) or you can click the "Select Tags..." button to pick tags you've used before and simply check the tags you wish to associate with the current post:

4. Saving and Publishing

There are three options for saving or publishing content:

  • Save and Continue Writing - Saves the current edits but keeps you in the edit screen.
  • Save, but don't Publish - Saves your post, but marks it as not published.
  • Publish - Publishes the post immediately.

Once you have written a title, body, and optionally set some tags simply click "Publish" and your post will be made available on your blog within a matter of seconds. You can also use the "Preview" tab to optionally view what your blog post will look like before you publish it.

There are additional "Advanced" options for publishing to you blog that allow you to control and specify a number of other capabilities such as: publish date/time, post attachments, and more.

If you navigate away from the Edit Post screen without saving your changes you will be prompted with a warning:

This warning helps ensure that if you accidentally navigate away from the screen your changes are not lost.

More information can be found here.