Randy and I laughed so hard when we saw this, we cried. In the silent computer lab. I was forced to apologize to the hapless man sitting at the computer next to me.
First of all, let me say that after this blog – on the next blog – the title – my REAL title – will be in place . . . though I have to say that after seeing the one that Val and Sarah thought up, it was touch and go as to whether or not I was going to jettison my title in favor of keeping theirs.
Also, the background will be different on the next blog as well. It will not be tiny zoo animals. It will be something that doesn’t make your eyes cross when you are trying to read the busy text in the center of all that cartoon safari. Though, I do have to admit that I will be sort of sorry to see them go.
And lastly, I will replace the cartoon at the top of the page with a picture.
So now, let me give you a quick tour of the new site’s features. These new features made this site a vast improvement over the old site. No more unsolicited porn links from Moscow posted on my community forums. No more unsolicited ads posted by the drug companies. No more bizarre links from Sweden, Buenos Aires, Australia, Paris, etc. . . ahhh, the relief. THIS site has functioning filters, unlike my old site that welcomed all BotMonsters indescriminately.
First, notice on the right side of the page there is a Photoblog. That feature is to showcase any fun, explanatory, revolting, or quaint pictures I might want to share. Yes, I have plenty of those. Just click on each photo you want to view to enlarge it and read the caption. Also, if you want to share any picture(s) out of the Photoblog, you can access the menu below the photo when you bring it up.
Next, bring your cursor down to the end of the blog to the Share/Save box. A menu will pop up that allows you to save the blog to a variety of sites – facebook, twitter, sites-I-have-never-heard-of-in-my-life, etc – 0r you can use this feature to email your chosen blog to somebody. Don’t forget to click on the tiny arrow at the bottom of the menu that allows you to see all of the menu options.
Now, I want you to notice the line below the Share/Save box that ends with ‘Comments’. That tells you how many comments have been left. Plus, clicking on ‘Comments’ opens it up for you to read the comments left by others, or to leave one of your own – which, by the way, I greatly appreciate and look forward to reading. There will be a contest coming soon on that tidbit, by the way.
Then, lastly, I finally have an RSS feed. Look at the bottom of the righthand column right above the calendar, and you will see a subheading ‘Meta’. In the column under that subheading, you will see Entries RSS and Comments RSS. Click on Entries RSS and you will be able to suscribe to my blogs. You will get notices of new blogs fed right to your email. No more, ‘I wonder if Thea is still alive?’ moments . . . or ‘where was that strange site I saw yesterday?’ Suscribing to the Comments RSS will notify you of any comments posted on the site, such as any replies I, or others, might make to your comment.
Once this site is complete with the correct title, header photo, and background, I will institute – or, rather, Val will – two newsletters that you can suscribe to if you enjoy humor, recipes, and trivia. The recipes will feature a never-ending cook-off between two of my book characters. You will be able to suscribe to either newsletter, or to both.
This is just a rough introduction to the new site. Don’t forget to browse through the other pages of this site as indicated by the tabs at the top of the page.
Have fun exploring!
Remember, to leave a comment click on the ‘Comments’ tag at the end of this blog.