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Blog entry by artsyfartsy posted 03-27-2015 03:24 PM 1286 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, I’m stumped again! Ugh. I’m not sure how to continue this blog. Is this how or do I do something else? I’m getting frustrated. I wanted to know also, can I upload other projects I have completed to my projects page or do I submit them one at a time in the new project part? I know I’m old but, sheesh……...

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!



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CaptainSkully

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 04:02 PM

Hey DW,

I know that sometimes these Content Management Systems can be frustrating, but this is one of the better ones I use, so let’s get you posting.

Once you’re logged in, everything you need is under My Lumberjocks.

New Project:
To post a New Project, click that. Click ”Yes, I want to post…” That was put there because people weren’t posting in the spirit of the category. Just about everything has it’s proper place here. That will take you to a blank posting screen. Remember that the Title is important for people to search for your project, so don’t use something like ”Look What I Made Today”, use something like ”Whirligigs Made Out of Recycled Pallets” so if someone is looking for whirligig ideas or how to use up their old pallets, they’ll find your project.

Tags also help users, but LJ’s posts also show up extremely well in Google searches, which is based partially on tags. Tags are less important for the LJ community, but still important. You can worry about that later, once you get better at posting. You can use the generic prepackaged ones, or use your own. For example, if I make something out of quarter sawn white oak, my tags will be: quarter, sawn, quartersawn, white, oak, QSWO. That way no matter how they spell it, they should find you. If there’s a commonly misspelled word, I’ll even put that in there (e.g. dinning instead of dining).

You have some tools at your disposal the emulate a Word document, Bold, Italics, etc. Don’t worry about links until you get better at it.

It’s definitely beneficial to the LJ community to post pics of your stuff, so click Choose File and then browse to where the image is on your hard drive. Once you select it, click Upload this picture. If you want to post an image that is already on the web (e.g. already on your personal blog site), then click the [img] button, then ”from the web”. In another browser window, surf to your blog, right click on the image and ”Copy Image URL”. Then go back to your post and paste the ”http” stuff there. The click ”Insert image here”. You’ll see the URL embedded in the text of your post. Wherever that shows up will be where the image shows in the published version. You can cut and paste that wherever you want the image to show up in your text.

When you’re happy with everything, you can click ”Post this project”. Don’t worry, you can edit it for 60 minutes if you’re not happy with how the final version looks.

New Blog:
If you’re doing a Blog series, it’s bit trickier. From My Lumberjocks, click New Blog Entry. Give the series a proper title, but don’t use #1 in the title. Let the website give your posts their numbers. For example, ”Stickley Night Stands” is the Series. The title will be ”Drawing Up the Plans in Sketchup”. That will automatically generate your first blog post that looks like this: ”Stickley Night Stands #1: Drawing Up the Plans in Sketchup”. It’s very easy to try to second guess the website trying to be helpfull and then you’ll end up with something like ”Stickley Night Stands #1#3: Laminating the Legs”.

The content part of a blog is basically the same as a project. Same with tags. At any time in the process, you can click ”Review” to see how the final posting will look without actually posting it. Just to be on the safe side, I always select everything I’ve written in the Content box and right-click Copy it in case there’s a glitch and when I go back, the box might be empty. If on the rare occasion that happens, I can right-click Paste everything I wrote back in and I don’t lose any of my work.

To make a second blog posting, from My Lumberjocks – New Blog Entry, then in the Series box, click the down arrow and select the series you’re working on. In the title, make sure you don’t play the numbering game for the same reasons as stated above. Write your content as usual and ”Post this entry”.

I hope this makes sense and it helps. Feel free to comment or ask any questions. Keep in mind these procedures are only for the current version of the website, and the software might change over time.

Projects should be complete, ready to use, give away, sell, etc. and be primarily wood related. Blogs are a great place to show how you got to the finished product with plenty of pics along the way, starting from the design phase. I always post the mistakes I made to help others avoid repeating them and also as a historical document in case I ever want to make another one later on.

If it helps, have this post up in one browser tab, then do all your posting in another tab so you can bounce back and forth. There’s no issue with being logged in on two tabs.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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artsyfartsy

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 04:48 PM

WOW! Thanks Captain Skully! It sounds like you’ve done this a time or two. I appreciate your help. I’ll give it a try. Again, many thanks.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 05:11 PM

+2 on what CaptainSkully said.Yep….We’ve all did this a time or two at one point or another…And don’t forget, you can also post your projects on Photobucket for future reference. I don’t believe Skully mentioned that, but choosing from a file is much better..If possible, upload 4- 6 pictures of your project, taken at different angles, and give a good description..Then go to the weather forum, and tell us how you did…..lol.lol..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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CaptainSkully

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 05:44 PM

I also would like to add that a new Project post should be required to at least contain the wood species and finishing method used. I think over half my posts on Projects that I’ve Favorited are asking those very questions of a fellow LJ who aren’t as verbose I tend to be.

For example, red oak and white oak need to be treated very differently depending on the finished look required. I once went against common practice and ammonia fumed a piece of red oak, which ruined the piece because there are less tannins involved in the reaction.

Excellent point, Rick. Most of my old blog postings were on an ex-girlfriend’s server. When we broke up, she deleted my directory, so now they show as broken links. Sigh… You do need to be careful though about copyright issues with uploading images. For example, there’s a possibility that anything you post of Facebook becomes their property and you no longer have any rights to your own stuff.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 07:12 PM

Skilly,

You’ve got to keep a close eye on them women…They’ll delete you every time. My wife doesn’t have a clue what’s in my Photobucket or files on woodworking projects. Like I don’t have a clue what’s in her sewing and quilting files. And I don’t post anything on Facebook. I get on there, but just to lurk, mainly. Especially ww projects.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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artsyfartsy

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 09:38 PM

Thanks Guys, all very good information. I especially like the one piece about “not fuming red oak”. Most of my projects I spray lacquer on them. And, if materials are available, I like to use red oak. Red oak seams to be more pleasing to the eye for me. I have a beautiful desk set and tall clock made out of red oak. I’ll try to remember all those points as I blog along. Thanks again. Oh yea Rick, did you see my “working tools” I made? Again, red oak. They appear where my photo should be.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 11:10 PM

DWelch,

Very nice “working tools”....I have seen a few of them, especially the trowel, compass, and square. Seen them many times in the lodge I frequent some. I was “raised” around those tools.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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