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How this blog thing works

This may be a bit too elementary for many readers, but I think it’s a good idea to make sure everyone is on the same page about how blogs in general–and this one in particular–function.

Purpose

Blogs typically have a unifying theme or purpose. For this one, that theme is  to keep San Ramon residents informed about a developer’s attempt to convert the San Ramon Golf Course (SRGC) into homes. The developer purchased the property in late 2015 for $8.1 million (its asking price apparently was $4 million). He and his partner have a history of buying golf courses that may be struggling, shutting them down and letting them go to blight, then trying to force the planning commission to rezone and allow them to build houses.

The Nuts and Bolts

Blogs have “posts” and “pages.” Posts typically appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent appearing at the top. Posts will contain current, timely information. There is a space for reader comments at the end of each post. Comments from a user commenting for the first time will not appear immediately; they will be approved by the moderator as soon as possible. After a first approval, subsequent comments will appear immediately.

Pages

Content that does not change frequently, such as a signup page for a mailing list, will appear on a Page. Pages will often appear on a menu tab.

Contact Page

These days, allowing one’s email to appear publicly is inviting an onslaught of spam. That’s where a “Contact Us” page comes in. By filling in the form, the webmaster will receive your message by email. The contact page is a private, one-to-one channel between you and the webmaster.

Public and Private Information

We always assume that information posted to the blog is visible to the entire world. We make the same assumption about anything posted to social media, like Facebook. We should all be aware of that before posting anything to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or a blog.

The mailing list, on the other hand, is reasonably private. When you go to the Mailing List page and enter your information, you will receive a confirming email to be sure you actually do want to receive email from us. This is called “double opt-in.” If you do not click on the link in the confirming email, you will not be on the mailing list.

Subscribing to the Blog

You can receive email updates every time there is a new post to the blog. This is different from subscribing to the mailing list. To get regular updates, just enter your email address in the “Subscribe via Email” space on the right side of the page. You’ll receive a confirming email when you do. It is not necessary to have a WordPress.com account, although you may be given that opportunity.

Contributing to the Blog

If you would like to write content for the blog, just send me a comment and we can make arrangements.

Questions?

If you have any questions, just send me a comment. We can communicate by phone, email, Twitter or smoke signals. I’m flexible.

Your humble moderator,
Joe Parsons

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  • Ruth Rydbeck May 19, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Thank you for this, Joe…..very helpful…..and thank you for doing such a
    fantastic job as webmaster!!

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