Tidbits, Resources, and Discussion for ELI Faculty

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Blog Tips and Tricks

In speaking with some of you since I started the blog, I've learned that some of you are not that familiar with how to navigate a blog. (So I guess that having this blog for you has an extra benefit--you will get more comfortable using a medium that seems to be here to stay!)

In that vein, just a few tips/tricks you might not know about:

  • When you bookmark the blog, make sure that you bookmark the main page (http://elidirectorscut.blogspot.com/). If you do that, you will always pull up the blog in its fully updated version. If you bookmark somewhere else, you may not get the updated version.
  • Did you know that you can subscribe to the blog so that you will be notified when it is updated? This is called an RSS feed (RSS = "really simple syndication"). There's a link at the bottom of the main page where you can subscribe. By using the RSS feed, you save yourself the trouble of checking back into the blog but finding there has not been a new entry since your last visit.
  • If you haven't visited the blog in a while, or you want to go back to older posts to see new comments or follow up on a link I posted, go to the bottom of the main page and click "Older Posts." Or, use the archives I'm about to describe.
  • On the left, there are blog archives (and most blogs have archives somewhere on their menus) so you can view, for example, all the entries from April.
  • You can also use the labels feature (also on the left) to find a particular entry, or to focus on entries that most interest you. I create labels (i.e., keywords) for each entry. They appear on the left along with an indication of the number of posts about that topic. If you want to just read the posts about Blackboard, or just the posts about ELI policy, say, you can just click that label and it'll pull those entries up for you.

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