Q. What is a blog ?
A blog is a regularly updated personal record of thoughts, ideas and opinions - similar to a diary or journal. It can contain the author's take on recent events, on things of interest, or can read as an editorial or article on a given subject. There is no set topic for a blog, and every one is unique to the author. It is up to you what you write about, your blog is effectively your own personal web page on Unexplained Mysteries.
Q. How do I view the blogs ?
To view the full blog list, click the "Blogs" option in the menu at the top of the forum or the "Member Blogs" option on the left hand menu of the main site. You can search for specific blogs, change the order and filter the entries to find those you wish to view.
Q. How do I create my own blog ?
To make your own blog, you first need to activate it. This can be down by going into 'My Controls' and clicking the 'My Blog Settings' option on the top left hand side - then click "Activate Your Blog". Once your blog has been activated, you will see a 'My Blog' option on the forum at the top which will take you straight to it. Note that you must be registered in order to have a blog.
Q. How do I add a new entry ?
Click 'My Blog', then on the right hand side you will see a number of options. Click "Add entry" to write a new blog entry. Remember that if you add the entry as a "draft", you will need to "publish" it before it will publicly appear on your blog.
Q. Can other members post comments on my blog entries ?
Yes, however if you do not wish to allow member's to comment, you can disable the option from "My controls". Only registered users will ever be able to post comments in blogs.
Q. What is 'guest commenting' and why is it disabled ?
Guest commenting is an option that would allow unregistered users to post blog comments. This is disabled for the same reasons as forum guest posting, allowing unregistered users to post is a big invite to spammers and also makes it very difficult for the moderators to keep track of and revoke access to troublesome users.
Q. Does my blog have to be about the unexplained ?
No, it's your blog and you can use it to write about anything you like. The usual forum rules apply however, so offensive, racist, hatred related blogs or blogs relating to anything illegal are not allowed. Blogs containing offensive language or written in ALL CAPS are discouraged also.
Q. I've written a new entry but it's not appearing, why ?
Make sure to 'publish' your new entry, new entries can appear as 'draft' by default.