Friday, July 07, 2006

Question For You Blogging Pro's

I've been busy transcribing my Aunt's family narrative into the new blog and I'm not sure how to deal with rearranging the posts so that they will follow a logical sequence, from 'a' to 'z' rather than from 'z' to 'a' when complete. I had hoped to be able to cut and paste subsequent posts to the end of a previous post but that doesn't appear possible. Could someone please advise me? I suppose it's logical enough to just continually edit the first post and add that way, but I'm afraid that a mistake might cause me to lose the whole thing.


At 5:09 AM, Blogger Debra Hamel said...

Heh heh heh. So you're in number two already....

Well, I had thought that there was an option on Blogger to show posts from first to last rather than last to first, but now I see no such thing, so maybe not.

At 11:26 AM, Anonymous skint writer said...

sorry susan, can't find a way on blogger


At 11:45 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Thank you, Debra and Skint. I 'screwed my courage to the sticking place' and found that I was able to copy from the blog itself so I picked up the data and edited it into the first post. I had to tidy it up a bit afterward because all the spacing and italics, etc. were lost, but it seems to have worked. I've got a lot more to add but perhaps I'll try to save a copy into typepad as well. It's not so much the prospect of having to type it all over again that troubles me, it's the deciphering of the exercise book notes. They're hand written in a very pale blue ink that is now faded.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Maxine said...

I am interested to see Skint's and Debi's replies as I;ve sometimes wanted to post posts in a certain order and not been able to. eg I am running a typepad super pro lots of money blog at work at the moment and I wanted to re-order posts I'd previously saved as drafts, but could not find a way to do it.

If Skint and Debra don't know a way then there probably isn't one, though James at New Tammany College is very knowledgeable about blog technology I happen to know.

If it were me, Susan, I'd save all the posts as drafts. Then when I decided which one should be first, I'd copy the text from it and paste it into a new post, and repeat the process. But maybe that isn't what you mean.

Sorry not to be more help.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Thank you, Maxine - your idea does sound like the right way, but I discovered that I couldn't 'cut and paste' from the draft format. Maybe there's a way to do it, but I can't figure it out!

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Maxine said...

Sorry, Susan, if you can;t do it it probably means it can't be done. Do you use MS Word? There is a blogger Word post button that you can get via the google options on the regular google home page, which enables you to post a document in Word directly onto your blog. So maybe you should create all the articles, chapters or whatever in Word (separate files), edit each one to your heart's content, and then post them all to a blog in order when you have finished. Either using this google blogger button or just copying and pasting.

I also emailed you separately the idea of setting up a googlepages website to do it.

It is possible that Lee Lowe may be able to advise as I think she has been working on a few similar ideas herself. Also I noted that Bill Liversidge of Pundy house (if you dare go there) has all the chapters of his novel on some other site or blog, which seems fairly similar to the kind of thing you are doing.

Incidentally, your BAFAB counter now says "82 days" and some hours, etc -- is there another one of these things? Not sure I have the staying power! ;-)

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Hi Maxine! What great ideas you've given me! I'm already at work moving everything into Googlepages and they seem to suit my purposes magnificently! Now I need to figure out how to put in a permanent link from this page to my Googlepages - but, like Scarlet O'Hara, "I'll worry about that tomorrow".

I think that I can put in a link here, though, thanks to Skint's coaching:
Hobson Family History

(I hope that works!)

Regarding the BAFAB counter, Debra has BAFAB weeks every three months. So now we're counting down to the next event.

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Douglas said...

Susan, it should be noted that you can change the dates on the posts to order them anyway you wanted. I encourage you to make a number of posts instead of one big post, because then you could link between posts, which would make it more informative than one big post.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Thank you, Douglas! I didn't know that dates could be changed - I've got so much to learn. I really appreciate the advice.


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