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"Thank you for visiting the Maketu News & Views. We will post here ideas and topics of interest in the hope of opening up discussion that will bring forth insights into topics and relevant concerns. To be effective this will require your input accordingly your comments and feedback is more than welcome. Please join our discussions now by clicking open the ‘comment’ next to each entry. If you have not done so already create a Google Account, sign in and join us".

What Is A Blog - easy guide to blogging

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia they describe Blog as, short for web logs, are a form of online journal. A blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual in this case News & Views for the Maketu Community Group with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. These entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

We want our blog to be interactive, allowing you the visitor to leave or post comments and even message each other via widgets on the blog and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

Did you know that as of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.

News and Views - be the First to Post your Comments

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Follow us on our blog News & Views it has comments enabled, and you will find a "comments" link at the end of each post. If you click this link, you will go to the comment posting page. From there you will find find the "Post a Comment" link. In the upper left corner, there is an option to show or hide the original blog post that the comments relate to. The rest of the left-hand column contains any comments that have already been made.

Be not surprised if profile photos of the comment authors are displayed, this is dependant on the settings we have chosen. On the right hand side of the page is the space for you to enter your comment. Beneath that are the identity options. Again to make it easy we have made it available, to you as the visitor.

The options are these:

  • Blogger Username: Your display name will appear, along with a link to your profile and your photo (if you have one).
  • Other: You can enter your name and a link to your website, without having to have a Blogger account.
  • Anonymous: No identifying information is displayed. The comment is credited to "Anonymous" without a link.

Ok the above may be over simplified and you may feel daunted by the Internet and going Online, we have taken reasonable steps to ensure your visit with us is not only enjoyable but safe. Then what are we waiting for lets put some practice into these ideas and start posting comments.