Using a Blog (Text)

In response to those who have had some problems maneuvering through this blog, I've prepared the following text-based tutorial...

You've made it to the blog so you've already experienced some success - YAHOO!!!!
This text will hopefully get you started using the blog more effectively. Print out these instructions (or copy/paste them into a word processor), and follow along with the blog as I describe what to do.

Everything is green so this is very deceiving. Different green elements on the page mean different things. Let's take a look at the first post. You'll see the date (10/5) and a green link that says: "Lecture: DeAnna...." This link is to the post itself. If you clock on it, it will move this post to the top of the screen. That's not very helpful for our purposes. Now, look to the right and see the menu bar. You may need to scroll down a bit, but you'll see an entry that says "Social Bookmarking (Video)." If you click on it, that entry/post will move to the top of the screen. You will still be able to scroll up and down to find the other posts, this is just a quick way to find the one you're seeking (and a condensed method to see what's available).

Now, let's look at the Social Bookmarking post. Again, if you click on the post title [Social Bookmarking (Video)], nothing will happen, it will just move that post to the top of the screen. Since the post is already at the top of the screen, it won't move. Now, let's look within the post. All posts start with a title, then there is text (sometimes including embedded links) a line on the bottom, and then a "Posted by Christy Keeler..." statement. When you see that "Posted by..." statement, you're at the end of that post and the next Green line is a new post (sometimes preceded by a date).

Let's keep looking at the social bookmarking post. You see the title in green and then some grey-black text underneath. In this text, I either share content I need to share (as was the case in DeAnna's textual lecture), or I describe a linked resource, as is the case here. This post actually has two links. If you hover over the http://... link, you'll see that the Delicious link is active. You can click on it and go to our social bookmarking site on Delicious. Click the "Back" button to return to the blog. Under this link, you'll see "Social Bookmarking Video." This is the actual video. If you click on it, you will be able to view the video.

Now, scroll to the top and look at the menubar again. Find the one that says "Class Lecture: Michael Green..." The entire post will leap to the top. You'll again see the post title, text, and a link. If you click on the link, you will hear the audio of Michael's lecture delivered during class. There will not be any video because this is an MP3 (audio), not a MOV (video) file.

Ideally, the links and titles would be different colors. Usually they are, but this template, apparently, doesn't allow that. I would like to change the template, but if I do that may confuse people who know our blog to be the one that is green.

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