THIS IS IMPORTANT!! ANY "BLOG" THAT IS NAMED "MY BLOG" OR "(USERNAME'S) BLOG WILL BE DELETED!!!!
THE NAME OF YOUR BLOG IS THE TITLE OF YOUR STORY!!!
One of the reasons for the upgrade to the new forum was for us to move away from the "old" Fan Fiction posting software, to a new, more integrated software.
NOTE: The "Old" Fan Fiction Section is No Longer in Use! It is for ARCHIVES only!!! We will no longer allow posting of fan fiction stories in that section.
FOR NEW STORIES: we are using what would typically be a "blog" for fan fiction stories. I think you will all find that this is just as good a system, if not better.
It's a little different from the old software, so here is a quick tutorial on how to post a story:
First of all, what is being called a "blog" by the forum software, we want to think of as a "Story." What is being called an "Entry" would be like a "Chapter."
There are a couple of ways to start a "Blog" or "Story." One is to go to your personal options menu, and click on "Manage Blogs."
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The other way is to go to the "Fan Fiction" section, and there you should see a button that says "Manage Blogs."
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Remember, the "Blog" that you create is actually your "story." You have no limit on the number of stories you can start.
When you choose to "Manage Blogs," you are taken to a section in your personal preferences for blog management. This is where you'll do most of the management of your blogs (stories), but for now, we're just concerned about starting a new story.
When You choose "Manage Blogs" you will be taken to the main screen where you'll either start your new story or edit one that you've already started.
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Click "Create a Blog" and you will see some legal junk talking about the rules of the Blogs. Please click the box that says you understand the rules, then click "Continue."
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The next screen is where you'll give your story a name and a description. Most of the stories we will be creating here will be hosted locally, so you will select "Local Blog".
AGAIN......PLEASE DO NOT NAME YOUR BLOG "(USERNAME'S) BLOG", "MY BLOG" OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT!!!!! THE NAME OF YOUR BLOG IS THE TITLE OF YOUR STORY!!!
Once you have filled in all of he information correctly, Then, click "Continue."
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The next screen is for you to decide on different options for your story like if you're going to allow others to edit the story. All these options are pretty much self explanatory, so just fill them out the best you can, or leave them at their default settings. You can always change them later.
That's it! You have created a Story! Now all you need to do is add chapters. You do this by clicking on the "Manage Blogs" button, then clicking on "Options."
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When you click the "Options" button, you'll get a drop-down menu of options for the story, and one is "Post New Entry"
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Remember....an "Entry" here is the same as a "Chapter" of your story.
Once you're done editing, save your draft.
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Once you do that, it will go into the approval queue, and will be approved.
A few tips...
Your "entry" (or chapter) titles should be something that makes sense. In this case, "Chapter One," "Chapter Two." You can name them something else, but it might make things confusing.
Once you create your story, your chapters will sit in queue and wait to be approved. In the future, we'll probably allow some members to skip that queue and be able to post their story right away.
Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to create sitewide "Categories" like we did with the other software. You can, however, create your own "categories" for your posts. It might be helpful to all the other members if you could make sure to create at least two categories: "In Progress" and "Completed". That way, your readers will know which category a certain story or chapter is in.
As with everything else, PLEASE ask questions if you don't understand something, or if something doesn't seem to work like it should. It's going to take a bit of getting used to, so I understand that at least for the first several weeks or months there will be many questions. That's ok.
Again, let me know if there's something else that you don't understand and/or that needs to be explained better.
Edited by AJ, 23 October 2012 - 01:10 AM.
Updated for new Forum Upgrade.