Long time 80 something year old Friend Of The Blog(FOB) Ellie Cummings stopped by the dock the other day and we had a nice chat about what she likes about the blog. One thing that she told me was very helpful was the instructional videos on how to use the features on the blog to navigate and get the most from it. Based on Ellie’s comments I’m going to re-run this piece-
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of requests from people asking for pictures or videos that have been posted in the past. I’m happy to find these things for folks but it occurred to me that people must not either understand that I categorize everything that gets posted and also attach “tags” which are associated words which a search engine would pick up if you were looking for a particular thing, or they just don’t know that there is a GMG search engine to begin with.
Along the right hand column there is a search engine. It is below the “Get The GMG Podcast” Button and above the “Recent Comments” section.
I’ll be giving more lessons on how to get more out of this blog and others.
There are many features you can use to navigate and find interesting things including the category links at the bottom of the page, the search engine, the calendar, and the older posts text near the bottom of the page. I think many people only think that the blog exists as one page and they can’t go back in time by clicking the older posts button. Most blogs including this one are rolling through with the newest posts at the top and as new posts are added the previous one gets bumped down one. Then when a certain number of posts are reached it goes to the second page which you can find by clicking the older posts text at the bottom, and so on and so on back through the timeline of the blog.
I hope this helps. Click on the highlighted text so you can visualize if you can’t understand the wording. Sometimes it’s easier to see it rather than follow written directions. Tomorrow I will highlight the older posts text in a video for those who might not get it.
How To- Blog Category Search
99% of the posts that I put up I place into a category or a couple categories. It takes a little extra time but as far as cataloging Gloucester and the blog itself for the future it pays incredible dividends. If I ever stopped posting people could use categories or the search function to find just about anything in Gloucester that I’ve posted in the past.
So for example if you are interested in lobster, you scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the word in the category section that says lobster and every post that I’ve ever put up that has to do with lobster will come up from the date closest to now back in time. There are other categories such as “eats” which contains all the food pictures from Gloucester restaurants, or pics from our kitchen.
Do me a favor and let me know if you can hear the audio in the video in the comment section below this post, thanks.
GMG Blog Reading Video #3- The Comment Feature
Most bloggers will tell you that without people commenting or giving feedback they would probably end up not putting as much back into their blog. You see without feedback you don’t know if people are into the blog, what they like, dislike or how the blog can improve.
I love hearing from the old and new GMG readers, it makes us feel connected to you. So if you haven’t left comments in the past or didn’t know how-