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Blog Guidelines

NOTE: The feature to create Blogs is only available to users who are Validated Writers on the main writing archive, Lunaescence.com, and who have applied to have their status transferred to Front Desk.

If these two conditions are not met, the option to create a blog will not appear.

 

Eligibility Guide

If you’re not a Validated Writer on Lunaescence Archives, you will need to apply for Validated status on the main archive before such status can be transferred here to Front Desk. For more information on how to apply for Author Validation, please click here.

If you are a Validated Writer on Lunaescence Archives, but do not have such status here, please apply to have your status noted on Front Desk via this forum thread. You can post a request and after verification of your status on the Archive, a Moderator will then add your Validated status to your account on Front Desk.

If you are a Validated Writer on Lunaescence Archives and have followed the process of obtaining such status on Front Desk, please read on. Below you will find the guidelines that govern created blogs and their accompanying posts, as well as a how-to on how to properly create a blog.

 

Guidelines

Please note that incorrectly created Blogs, Blogs found in violation of these guidelines, or Blogs that fail to adhere to Lunaescence’s general site rules are subject to correction or deletion. Should you have any questions regarding the blog feature or blog creation, please direct them to this forum thread. Otherwise, feel free to contact a Lunaescence Moderator privately if it’s a sensitive issue. Moderator contact information can be found on the Archive's About Us page.

 

Blogs are a way for writers to keep in touch with their readers, update them on future work, hiatus status or merely converse with their reader base. If a user chooses to 'follow' your blog, they will recieve email updates every time you make a new post. In this way, you can maintain and keep in contact with your reader base at all times.

To insure the proper usage of Front Desk's blogging system, we have three (3) main guidelines that users are expected to adhere to.

 

  • A limit of TWO (2) Blogs can be created by any one user. Additional blogs will be deleted.
    • This includes group blogs. A group blog counts towards the original creator’s blog limit only, rather than to its contributors’ limits.
       
  • Blogs are not intended to replace posting to the actual archive. While we invite writers to post their written works, WIPs (work-in-progresses), collaborations, excerpts, and proposed future writing pieces to their blogs, we ask that this be done in reason.
     
  • Lunaescence Archives standard rules apply to all blogs. In other words, any type of behavior not allowed on the main archive (plagiarism, flames, spamming, etc.) will not be tolerated on Front Desk or within Blogs.

 

How to Create a Blog

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to Create a Blog or Blog Post. Remember: if you haven’t followed the Eligibility Guide above, the follow options will not appear.

 

On the Author Blogs dropdown menu, there will be an option titled “Create Blog.”

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If you click this option, it will lead you to the following page.

 

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On this page, you can configure the settings of your blog. Each option is explained below:

  • Title – Give your blog a name! Consider using your username (i.e. User123's Blog) or a title of your choice (i.e. A Writer’s Haven).
  • Description – Tell visitors who you are. Feel free to describe yourself, your writing or what your blog is for.
  • Creator – Your username should appear here. This isn’t an editable setting.
  • Allow other users to post in this blog - If you select this option, other Validated Writers will be able to contribute posts to your blog. This is a useful feature for collaborations or round robins, but if you’re looking to create a private blog only you can post in, be careful not to select this.
  • Even if others post to the blog, the author is always its administrator – See above. This setting means that even if others post to your blog, you retain main administrative access.
  • Allow search – Allow visitors to search within your blog. A user will be able to search and find blog posts by title, content or contributor.
  • Allow comments – Allow visitors to comment on Blog posts. Not selecting this option disables comments on all posts.
  • Use post excerpt – An excerpt of your posts will be displayed within your Blog.

 

Don’t submit your Blog just yet! On the top of the screen, you may notice an option that says "Display Options." Clicking this takes you to a screen where you can toggle display settings.

 

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Hit "Save" and there you have it! You've successfully created your own Blog. But what if you'd like to create a post for your newly created Blog? Continue below to learn how.

Note: Once you create a blog, the settings cannot be altered. You will need to contact a Moderator to make changes.

 

How to Create a Blog Post

 

Assuming you've followed the directions above and created a Blog, we'll now show you how to create a Post for your Blog. On the Author Blogs drop down menu, you'll see an option that says "New Blog Post."

 

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Clicking it will take you to the following page.

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If you selected the Use post excerpt setting while creating your Blog, the Excerpt section will appear above as shown. If you did not select that option, you will not see the Excerpt box.
 

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Enter the body of your Blog post. Selecting the “Private” option will publish your post privately. "Save," without Private selected, publishes it publicly.

 

What if you have more than one Blog? If you do, they will appear in a drop-down menu. In this menu, you’ll be able to select which Blog you’d like your post to be submitted to.
 

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This is also how any other Blogs you are eligible to post in will appear. In other words, if any users have selected to allow others to post to their blog, it will appear for you to submit to in this list.

 

Following and Watching Blogs

If you'd like to be updated everytime one of your favorite Blogs gets a new post, you can toggle that setting by clicking the Blog you want to follow. Mouseover the downward facing arrow, and on the menu that appears, you'll see an option titled "Monitor." 

 

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Clicking this adds the Blog to your Watches list. By default, you'll recieve a daily email summary of any items that were updated, as long as they are on this list. If none of your Watches are updated, you will not receive an email. Further settings, such as the frequency of emails, can be toggled on the My Watches page.

If you want to see all Blogs you're watching (or easily stop watching a specific Blog), go to the My Account menu and select My Watches.
 

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For any other Blog you'd like to follow, repeat the 1st step.