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Brookmans Park Blog
« on: May 30, 2006, 11:47:04 am »
We've set up a community blog to be shared by all forum users, local residents and other visitors to the site. The blog doesnít replace this forum, because it serves a different purpose.

This forum is still the place for discussions on issues local to Brookmans Park and the parish of North Mymms. However, the blog now offers the opportunity for discussions on wider issues, such as international events, charitable campaigns, politics, religion, arts, culture, sport, in fact anything that interests locals, but might not be local.

Click here to visit the blog.

As in the discussion forum, blog contributions will continue to be post-moderated on the grounds of taste and decency and for legal reasons (click here for the site's editorial guidelines).

Contributions made to the Brookmans Park Newsletter blog might, occasionally, be considered for publication as a story or feature on the front page of the Brookmans Park Newsletter. You never know, it might get picked up by the local press or a specialist magazine. Itís happened before and it could happen again.

Blog authors can also upload pictures to illustrate their work. The blog has a facility for browsing to pictures on your computer and publishing them as part of your post.

If you want to be registered so that you can start blogging on this site, please message me by clicking on the email icon under my name - to the left of this post and I will register you with the same email address as you use on the forum.

Once that is done you will be able to log on here and begin contributing. Everyone is welcome. Happy blogging.

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Re: Brookmans Park Blog
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2006, 07:47:00 pm »
A couple of people have messaged me asking how they blog. Here is a step by step guide.

Let us know that you want to register for the Brookmans Park Newsletter blog by clicking on the icon (on the left under my username).

I will register you with the email address you use for this forum.

You will then receive an email which will offer you a link.

When you click on that link you will arrive at a registration page.

If you already have a Blogger account, you will be asked to either accept of decline this invitation.

If you do not have a Blogger account, you can create one for free in less than a minute.

Just click the link and press the 'Create an Account' button.

After you have done that you can log on and start blogging.

Go to http://www.blogger.com/

You will see the log in area.



Once you have logged in you will be taken to the dashboard area where the Brookmans Park Newsletter Blog will be listed.



Click on the title 'The Brookmans Park Newsletter Blog'.

You will then be taken through to the control area where the individual posts are listed.

If you want to make a new post, click on the 'Create new post' button.



A new page opens up with an area for title of your post and the text you want to add.

This is where you compose your blog contribution.

You can also upload images to illustrate the point you want to make or to draw attention to something.



If you just want to comment on a post, you don't need to register for the Brookmans Park Newsletter blog, but you will need a free blogger account.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Brookmans Park Blog
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006, 07:20:55 pm »
I've added a poll to the top of this thread to see what people think of the idea of a community weblog. Click on this icon (below this post)  to go to the poll and vote.

By the way, if you check the 'I can't figure it out' option in the poll above, drop me a line and I will try to guide you through the registration and posting processs - it's really quite easy.

Click here to go to the Brookmans Park Weblog.

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006, 10:10:10 am »
It's not looking good for the blog.

 :-\

Of the five who have voted, one can't see the point, three can't be bothered, and two say it's a great idea and they will post (and one of them was me - and I have).

 ;)

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Re: Brookmans Park Blog
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2006, 11:08:30 am »
It's not looking good for the blog.

 :-\

Of the five who have voted, one can't see the point, three can't be bothered, and two say it's a great idea and they will post (and one of them was me - and I have).

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Back to school for you - one + three + two = six!!! ;)
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2006, 11:13:14 am »
Oops

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Re: Brookmans Park Blog
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2006, 11:20:14 am »
I think it's quite confusing to get used to.

On another forum I go on - we have a separate section called the 'Subscriber's Forum' which is only open to those who have been invited by the admnistrator.  It's the place where we discuss all sorts of things on any subject - some light hearted and some more serious topics. 

Anyone who becomes a forum member cannot access any part of that section (or anyone just surfing in) - maybe that's an idea worth considering if the Blog doesn't take off
 

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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2006, 11:24:00 am »
Hi Cassie,

Yes, that facility exists on this forum too, and I use it to talk about editorial and technical matters with the other two administrators and our moderators.

We could set that up for other specialist interests too. However, the trouble with system is that it excludes those who are not able to see it.

The Weblog is open to all. If the idea doesn't take off, then nothing lost.

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Re: Brookmans Park Blog
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2006, 01:30:54 pm »
Current items posted in the blog (all by me so far  :)  ) include.


People have been commenting on some of the issues above. You can join them if you already have a blogger account.

If you want to post a new issue in the blog, you have to be registered. Drop me a line in via the forum and I will register you.

http://brookmanspark.blogspot.com/

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Re: Brookmans Park Blog
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2006, 08:46:21 am »
Would anyone who attended Brookmans Park Village Day on Saturday like to write a report for the site using the Weblog? 

http://brookmanspark.blogspot.com/

If you would like to, please message me through the forum and I will make you a registered contributor. You can also upload images, as long as they are your own and those photographed are happy.

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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2006, 08:52:51 am »

 You can also upload images, as long as they are your own and those photographed are happy.

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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2006, 09:04:33 am »
 :)

Very good Cassie.

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Re: Brookmans Park Blog
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2006, 07:24:02 pm »
Current posts in the Brookmans Park Weblog include...

An anthem for England
Why God Save The Queen?  Is it time for a change?

Iran, Trident and leadership
Is the West guilty of hypocricy? is the UK breaking the nuclear non-proliferation treaty?

All can comment.

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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2006, 07:57:20 am »
From the Brookmans Park Newsletter Weblog.

Which camp do you fall into? My Sunday My Choice or Keep Sunday Special?

BBC News Online says more than half of consumers want shops open longer on Sundays. Click here to discuss this in the Weblog.
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2006, 06:52:43 am »
BBC News Online is running a report which claims to have proof that shops, employment and the countryside in England all flourish if plans for superstores are refused. Click here if you want to discuss this in this site's Weblog.

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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2006, 07:30:02 am »
Thanks to Ferdie for being the first forum member to use the Brookmans Park Weblog to report on a local story for the site.

His weblog post 'North Mymms Community Centre help needed' was a perfect example for one of the ways the weblog can be used.

Ferdie's news item is now linked to from the front of the Brookmans Park Newletter and is in the site's News Index.

Anyone can register for the Weblog. It's free and takes seconds to sign up and begin posting. If you want to be a local correspondent like Ferdie and have your stories and features published on the site, simply send me a message and I will register you with your forum email address or any other email address you want. Please message me by clicking here.

And remember, the Weblog is not just for local stories. It's for anyone to write anything about whatever takes your fancy. And you don't have to be a journalist or wordsmith. Just write what comes naturally.

If possible please consider registering with either your real name or your forum pen name so that contributions can be linked to ongoing forum discussions etc.

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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2006, 07:27:27 pm »

Expect there'll be a blog brewing on the Rooney temper!
 

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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2006, 04:04:36 pm »
The Brookmans Park Weblog now has 12 registered members.

If anyone else wants to register and start posting local stories for the site, please email me via the site and I will send you a registration invite.

The more the merrier.

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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2006, 06:46:54 am »
Remember, anyone can post in the Brookmans Park Weblog.

It can be about a local issue you want to write a story about for the site, or just something that has caught your eye.

Unlike this discussion forum, Weblog posts don't need to be about local issues.

Only a few people are currently contributing to the Weblog. Any registered Blogger can comment, but only registered users of the Brookmans Park Newsletter Weblog can post. If you want to be registered, please send me a note by clicking here and I will send you an invitation to sign up. You will need to let me know which email address you want to be registered with, otherwise I won't be able to reply and include you in the list of those able to contribute.

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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2006, 01:31:06 pm »
Forum member, Peter Trott, has posted in the Weblog about a proposal to set up a Brookmans Park Racing syndicate with people invited to take part shares in a racehorse - 'The Brookmans Park Flyer'.

Click here to read Peter's contribution.

If anyone else wants to contribute to the weblog please send me a note by clicking here and I will send you an invitation to sign up.

Anyone can comment on Peter's idea by clicking on the comment button at the end of his post.

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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2006, 08:06:58 am »
If anyone has anything they want to write for the Brookmans Park Weblog, please message me and I will send you an invitation to register.

Remember, the Weblog is where members of the Brookmans Park Forum can write about off-topic issues.

You can view the Weblog by clicking here.

This forum is still the place to discuss local issues, but the Weblog offers the opportunity for contributions on non-local issues, such as general current affairs, politics, religion, culture, sport, in fact anything that interests locals, but might not be local.

Also, if you have a local story, write it in the Weblog and I will link to it from the front page of the site.

If you do make a contribution, be sure to let me know by messaging me and I will consider promoting it from the front page.

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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2006, 08:51:57 pm »
Only a few people, mainly me, are using the Weblog.

The idea was to offer a place where members of the Brookmans Park Forum can write about off-topic issues.

The Weblog was meant to offer the opportunity for contributions on non-local issues, such as general current affairs, politics, religion, culture, sport, in fact anything that interests locals, but might not be local.

However, it doesn't seem to be a popular feature.

Should we call it a day and kill it? 

I have put a fresh poll at the top of this thread. To reach it, click on the 'go up' button (which looks like this) and let us know.

If the majority vote against we will get rid of the Weblog.

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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2006, 11:13:01 pm »
I see the voting for whether the weblog should continue stands at 2-1 for as of 23:15 on Tuesday night. I have set the vote to end on Sunday evening so that everyone has a chance to have their say.

To cast your vote, click on the 'go up' button (which looks like this) at the bottom of this thread.

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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2006, 10:04:24 am »
I've voted to call it a day - to be honest I've never seen the point of it. The existing forum has served us well and continues to do so and I never really saw a problem if issues not directly related to BP were discussed. The important thing is that it's used by people with a connection to BP, regardless of the actual subject matter.

There are lots of other forums out there - I don't think another one is needed unless it becomes massively popular, which our one clearly isn't.

But it was still worth a try - you never know what's going to be popular until you try it. Thanks Dave for putting in a lot of effort to this.
 

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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2006, 10:10:31 am »
I voted to keep it going. It's summer and people are away/busy/not using the computer as much.

Only a few people post here much and most only post a few short lines. Even if it's under used it still has value.
 

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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2006, 10:18:55 am »
Thanks John and Paul,

I suppose the real answer would be to have an open source content management system where people could submit articles for consideration which would then arrive in the site's templates and which, once approved, could automatically be published in the site's news pages with a link from the front page.

I have been looking at a couple of the open-source CMS solutions, such as Mambo and Joomla.

At the moment, the site is written in raw html using a simple text editor - which is time consuming, limiting and inflexible.

It would be much easier if there was a simple user interface to allow more people to contribute to the news items and features on the site.

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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2006, 11:31:12 pm »
Not being particularly computer minded, I was interested in what 'Blogging' was all about. That was perhaps my main motivation in joining the Blog.

I guess in the context of the BP Newsletter umbrella, it serves a limited purpose when there is the forum. Taking on board your comments David when you set up the Blog originally, it was designed to serve a different purpose, but in actual fact has only had limited usage, so perhaps it's not been seen as such. Conversely there are 661 forum members and many more 'guests' that view the other pages on a daily basis, so there remains a healthy uptake on the forum and other items of the newsletter, perhaps the Blog is a step too far?

Just a thought and it's easy to be wise after the event. Don't try it, & one doesn't know. It's been tried, its not been a great success, but that's not a failure. Just maybe Sasquartch is right too. If it's a hassle having it, (ie having to monitor comments etc) stop it, if it's not, leave it for a few more weeks.
 

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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2006, 08:09:29 am »
With me it's pure laziness. I prefer to just go to one place and do everything there i.e. the main forum
 

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« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2006, 01:07:25 pm »
Just tried to take a look at Internet Censorship Ironic!
 

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« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2006, 01:41:43 pm »
Strange, wonder what happened to that piece?

I have republished the whole Weblog and the piece has returned.  Wonder why/how it disappeared?

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