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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 03-09-2007 11:35 PM 1562 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this new feature silently during last few late evenings. I got the idea while watching Dusty’s great blog series ‘This Old Crack House’ grow. I thought that it would be cool for Dusty to have the tool to group all of these related entries into one well-integrated unit.

Our new Blog Series solve this problem nicely. They are great for grouping related entries together. You may consider using them in many scenarios like for grouping entries that track the progress on your next project (e.g. “Morris Chair” series) or for grouping your tool reviews (“Tool Reviews” series), tips & tricks (“Tips & Tricks” series) etc.

Series keep your related entries interconnected thanks to the added navigation bar on the entry pages (you can find just under the heading and meta information bar). The navigation bar contains links to the previous and next part of the series as well as to the series index page. No worries, entries in the series are automatically kept in order for you – how cool.

I’ve also added the series listing to each blog page. This list contains only the series written by the respective blog author. Plus you can find the Top Series box on the Blogs page.

It is easy to start using this feature. All of the series management is performed on the add/edit blog entry page. There is new ‘Series’ dropdown list just above the entry title field. It is used to start new series by selecting ’- start new series -’ and providing the title or to select one of the existing series. When you decide to write the next part of the existing series just choose it from the dropdown and the actual series title along with the new part number will be displayed above the entry title field.

I think that now is the right time to get some organization into your evolving blogging addiction… and here is some inspiration:



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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 03-09-2007 11:44 PM

Thanks Martin.
You set this up just in time, because I was wondering how to continue my story. I thought I’d have to duplicate some images, in order to explain what I was doing.
I did it without any problems, it seemed self explanatory.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 03-10-2007 02:01 AM

This is a wonderful concept. I have been getting emails from folks about things I could answer by referring them to what I have already written in my blogs. But, with only 30 blogs written, I had a hard time finding the information in my own writings. I was wondering this week at the hospital, staring blankly at CNN news, what I could do to help in my writings so that they would be consistent threads, and I, and others could find information they wanted to see. Mainly in relation from taking a passionate hobby into a part-time job, or full time career.

I have written bits and pieces throughout all of my project stories, and my blogs, and some of the Forum topics, but none of the bits are threaded together well enough for myself to find it, much less anyone else. So, I was thinking about what I could do better to make it easier reference materials, with the thought of making it into a booklet some day. This Series Concept I hope will help with my struggles. A person would have to sit down and read all of my project stories, blogs, and Forum comments to get a clear picture of what I think, and I don’t think that anyone would really take time do that. I think if I can get my thoughts more threaded together then it would be easier to respond to someone that is emailing me a question about something I remember writing about some where.

thanks Martin,
Mark

P.S. We need a “I need more room” button on the personal email writing page also. Ha.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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scottb

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#3 posted 03-10-2007 02:11 AM

Great feature, and perfect timing… I didn’t even realize I was subconsciously hoping for something like this to help keep my lamp project together, without having to keep going back each time, copying old links, etc…

You’re always a step or two ahead.

Thanks much

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Obi

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#4 posted 03-10-2007 04:35 AM

I’m confused, thank you very much.

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scottb

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#5 posted 03-10-2007 06:21 AM

Martin, I see how we can start new threads,... can we consolidate some out of old posts, or do we need you to work some magic? – Selfishly, I’d like a couple of my posts set up that way… but remembering all the nuggets that Mark has written, there is a ton of great information, biographical, inspirational, practical and so on… much of it is hidden way back in the earlydays when our numbers were fewer, and activity was slower. This place is growing on a J curve!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 03-10-2007 07:02 AM

Obi and me are in the same boat rowing in different directions.

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scottb

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#7 posted 03-10-2007 07:05 AM

Are you spinning the boat, or is it stretching?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Obi

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#8 posted 03-10-2007 08:04 AM

He’s on one side facing one way, and I’m on the other side facing the opposite direction, so needless to say the boat is going around in circles.

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Martin Sojka

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#9 posted 03-10-2007 10:23 AM

Scott you can start new series and enter even your older posts into it / them. Just go to the entry you want to have as the first post in the series, click on edit and start new series. This post will be automatically added as the first post of that new series. Then just continue by adding 2nd, 3rd etc. parts.

It will be great to see what kind of inspirational woodworking series will emerge on LJ down the road.

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 03-10-2007 12:54 PM

brilliant.
Saw it “by accident” this morning…
went back and put all my learning curve blogs into a category. Thanks

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#11 posted 03-10-2007 03:53 PM

Fabu!

I see an easier route for blogs to turn into books! (or get picked up into the mag!)

it’s getting better all the time….

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Martin Sojka

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#12 posted 03-11-2007 01:39 PM

yes Scott. LJ books are coming ha

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Bill

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#13 posted 03-11-2007 06:39 PM

There is that magazine idea again. And now books as well! Mark will probably be one of our first published writers, and maybe Scott.

Very cool Martin. You keep outdoing yourself each time I check out the site.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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scottb

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#14 posted 03-11-2007 08:02 PM

I’ve always wanted to write a book (just never knew what about) thankfully I have an editor under the roof!

I’d also like a signed copy of Dusty’s book once it’s finished…. Scattered amongst his chapters, pictures of the house in progress, and all his great furniture. (plus a coupon for a free can of his 12 step finish ;)

I stayed up late last night getting caught up… dying to hear some more.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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