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Can I edit a journal entry I wrote?

Yes, you can.

Using the web interface:

You must log into your journal, if you're not logged in already.

Go to the "post comments" or "read comments" page for the entry you want to edit. It doesn't matter if there are comments or not, either page will do. You can usually get to the "post comments" page by finding the entry in the appropriate journal, and clicking a link which says something like "comment on this". However, if comments are not enabled for the entry you want to edit, you can still access the entry through the Calendar view, located at http://www.blurty.com/users/yourusername/calendar ("yourusername" should be changed to the specific username you're working with) by simply clicking on "subjects" for the month the entry is in and selecting the entry you'd like to edit.

From here, you should see a small toolbar near the top of the page, with a blue pencil icon. That icon is the "edit entry" button.

Click the blue pencil to go to the "edit journal entry" page. There you can make the changes you want. Click save.

To delete the entry, simply delete everything from the event box and click save.

You can also edit entries in your own journal at: http://www.blurty.com/editjournal.bml

If you have trouble editing an entry in a community journal, you can get some tips at: http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=59 .


Using the Visions client:

To edit your last entry made:

1.) Choose "Blurty" and edit last entry (or ctrl-L)
2.) Make any changes that you would like to make
3.) Choose "OK".

Your entry has now been updated

To edit events posted before the most recent entry:

1.) Choose "Blurty" and view history (or ctrl-H)
2.) Select the date that your entry was made
3.) Select the entry that you would like to edit
4.) Make any changes that you would like to make
5.) Choose "OK".

Your entry has now been updated.

If you have not yet downloaded a client you may do so at http://www.blurty.com/download/

Last Updated:
bertho, 2003-07-20

Can I delete a journal entry I wrote?

Yes, you can. To do so using the web interface:

Edit the entry in the usual manner, as explained at http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=20. When you get to the "edit journal entry page", erase everything from the event box by selecting it all and then pressing "delete" or "backspace" on your keyboard.

You can leave other boxes, such as date and time, filled in. When you click "save journal entry", the entire entry will be deleted.


Using the Visions Client:

1.) Choose the "Blurty" menu (or alt-L)
2.) Select "edit last entry" (or ctrl-L) and then hit the delete button in the edit popup.

To delete events posted before the most recent entry:

1.) Choose the "Blurty" menu (or alt-L)
2.) Select "view history" (or ctrl-H)
3.) Select the date that your entry was made.
4.) Select the entry that you would like to delete and then click delete.

To delete an entry you made in a community:

1.) Choose the "Blurty" menu (or alt-L)
2.) Select "select active journal" (or alt-J), and then choose the community your post was made in.
3.) Go back to the "Blurty" (or alt-L) menu
4.) Select "view history" (or ctrl-H), and then choose the date your post was made on. You might see other entries written by other people; however, you cannot delete those entries unless you're the community's maintainer.
5.) Select the entry that you wrote and would like to delete, and then click delete.

If you have not yet downloaded a client you may do so at http://www.blurty.com/download/

Last Updated:
greentea, 2002-11-06

How do I add pictures to my journal entries or userinfo?

To add a picture to your journal entry or userinfo, use an "img" tag where you want it to appear:

<img src="http://www.yourwebsite.com/somepicture.jpg" alt="Title/Description" />

Within the code, "http://www.your-website.com/image.jpg" must be replaced by the actual URL of the image you want displayed in your journal entry.

You'll need to make sure that your image is hosted to an online webhost that allows remote loading (http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=120).

Last Updated:
bertho, 2003-05-10

How do I make text bold, italic or centered?

To make your journal entries appear as something other than plain text, you can use some simple HTML tags to spice up the appearance of your postings. While Blurty uses a 'parser' to catch some items in your postings and automatically convert them (Example: recognizing a URL and making that a link when it's presented to a reader, inserting line breaks), other things will require a little bit of effort on your part.

All of the instructions below apply to anywhere you enter your text, whether it's a web browser or one of the stand-alone clients (see http://www.blurty.com/download).

General Guidelines:

HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is a standardized language (see http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/) for presenting information in a browser. In short, any web server sends a text file to your browser in response to a request (when you click on a link or enter an address in your browser), and your browser then interprets, or 'parses', the HTML, and presents it in a human-readable form with links, images and text embellishments.

You can use any of the following HTML 'tags' within a Blurty posting or comment:
<a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br> <center> <cite> <code> <dd> <div> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <form> <h1> <h2> <h3> <hr> <i> <img> <input> <li> <marquee> <nobr> <ol> <option> <p> <pre> <s> <select> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul> <xmp>

There are many useful tags there that can bring your text to life, but we're only going to cover a few of the basics here. If you want to learn more about these tags, you can visit sites like the "World Wide Web Consortium", the international internet standards body, guide to HTML (http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Guide/) to get a complete guide on how to use them.

These FAQs also have instructions on how to put pictures (http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=47) and create links (http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=16) in your journal.

Most HTML tags must have both an opening and closing tag so, for example, your browser will know when to start and when to stop bolding a particular piece of text. For instance, to center some text, you start with an opening tag, like <center>, type your text, then enter the closing tag, </center>.

Bold:

To make text bold, surround it with the <b> and </b> tags. For example, if you want to write a sentence like "I went to the park today and saw the most beautiful birds", and you want the word 'beautiful' to be bold you would write it in your journal as "I went to the park today and saw the most <b>beautiful</b> birds".

Note that you can also do this for an entire string of words, as the spacing and other punctuation between the tags does not affect the outcome, until you turn off the bold text with the closing (</b>) tag.

Italics:

To make text italicized, just put it between opening and closing italics tags, <i> and </i>. For example, if you wrote the following in your journal:

I met Sean Martin today, and he is <i>very</i> tall.

The word 'very' would appear in italics. Same rule from BOLD, above; you can type as much text as you want between the opening and closing tags.

Center:

Use <center> and </center>. Same usage as the last two, though you must start any text you want centered on a new line to achieve the desired effect.

For example:

<center>All of the text on this line will be centered</center>



Mixing it all up:

You can mix up some HTML tags within the same string of text. For instance, if you wanted the word "great" to appear as both bold and italic in the following sentence - "Blurty is a great tool for keeping a journal and connecting with others", you would write this in your journal as:

Blurty is a <b><i>great</i></b> tool for keeping a journal and connecting with others.

Note that the closing tags went out from the word in the reverse order as they went in. You could write it as <b><i>great</b></i>, and you would achieve the desired effect, but your readers' browsers would interpret and display that word just a little quicker if you close the tags in the reverse order, as shown in the last example.

Preview:

If you choose to use HTML in your comments in other peoples' journals, note that there is a preview button available to you that is not there for a regular post (this is because you can edit posts, but you can't edit your comments, only delete them). You can use this to preview your work as it would appear, with all HTML rendered, when someone goes to view that comment. If you see a problem with the post, you can always go back and edit the entry by pressing the Back button on your browser.

Note, however, that sometimes browsers misbehave a bit and will reload the previous form instead of the page, and all of your work is lost. Before hitting the preview button, put your cursor in the message box and press ctrl-A (or command-a on a Mac) to highlight all of the text, then ctrl-C (or command-C on a Mac) to copy that text to your local clipboard. That way, if your text is lost when you press back after preview, you can paste it back in to the message box and make the corrections.

The Visions Client:

The Blurty client for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 also has some quick shortcuts for creating bold, italic and link text:

Ctrl-B - makes the selected text bold by inserting the <b> and </b> tags.
Ctrl-I - makes the selected text italicized by inserting the <i> and </i> tags.
Ctrl-M - brings up a quick wizard for creating a link to a web site, another user's journal or an image.

Other client authors may also include this functionality in their clients.

Last Updated:
greentea, 2003-01-07

How do I add a mood icon and/or current music to my posts?

Currently, Blurty offers several mood themes, but more are in development. If you'd like to help out in creating more themes or give your input, you can join the Mood Theme community (http://www.blurty.com/users/moodthemes).

To select a mood theme:

1.) Choose the icons that you want to use. You can preview them all at: http://www.blurty.com/moodlist.bml

2.) Select the theme that you have choosen to use at: http://www.blurty.com/modify.bml

3.) Save your selection.

You can select which mood to use with your journals, by doing the following:

Using the web interface: Choose the full update option (http://www.blurty.com/update.bml?mode=full)

From the Visions client: Go to "post options" and select the mood.

In all other supported clients the mood is available from a drop-down list below the entry box.

Note that you can type your own mood into the box, however a mood icon will not be associated with it.

Right now, Blurty does not allow users to create their own private mood theme. While this may be an option in the future, there is no estimated time for implementation at this time. You may wish to view the Blurty news journal (http://www.blurty.com/users/news) for any announcements concerning this issue.


To add current music to your entries, you may simply type what you are listening to in the box for Current Music on the Web update page, or you may try one of the downloadable clients available at http://www.blurty.com/download/ - some clients have an auto-detect feature which will fill in your current music automatically if you are listening to music through one of the supported players.

Last Updated:
bertho, 2003-10-30

How do I add a link to another journal or another web site in my entry?

Here's an example of an HTML tag for a link to another journal:

<a href="http://www.blurty.com/users/news">Keep up with Blurty News!</a>

The opening tag contains the URL of the journal, next follows the text you want to appear as the link, and then just add the closing tag.

(Please note you can also use Blurty specific tags to link to user's journals. The FAQ for that can be found at: http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=94)


The same tags are used to link to a website:

<a href="http://www.blurty.com/">Check out Blurty!</a>

Please be sure you close the link with the </a> tag, or everything after the words you'd like to be linked will be linked, as well.

Last Updated:
greentea, 2002-10-31

Does Blurty have specific tags? How do I use them?

Blurty does use specific tags, in the same manner as LiveJournal does. However, because of the code we use, we can't change them to use the Blurty name. You'll need to employ "lj" to use these tags.

1.) <lj user="username">

The "username" can be the username of any Blurty user. This is displayed as a bold link to the journal, with a 'head' icon that links to the profile page (user info).


2.) <lj comm="community">

The "community" can be the username of any Blurty community. This is displayed as a bold link to the community, with a 'compass' icon that links to the profile page (community info).


3.) <lj-cut> Text Here </lj-cut>

This can be used in a journal entry to hide part of, or all of an entry. When the entry appears in your journal or on someone's friends page, everything after an <lj-cut> tag and before a closing </lj-cut> tag will be replaced by a link to the read comments page. The read comments page always displays the entire entry as well as any comments made on it.
When the <lj-cut> is closed with </lj-cut>, any text placed after the closing </lj-cut> tag will also display on the journal, instead of just on the read comments page.

By default, the link will say "Read more", but if you want it to say something else like "Cut off here", you can write the tag as <lj-cut text="Cut off here">


4.) <lj-raw> ... </lj-raw>.

This tag is used to disable the way Blurty auto-inserts line breaks into your entries. This esentially does the same thing as using the "don't auto-format" checkbox when making a journal entry, except it only effects the section of your post between the tags and not your entire post.


Additionally, there are 3 URL forms that will only work when posted on a journal held on the Blurty.com servers:

<a href="lj://user/news">The News Journal</a> will make a link to news

<a href="lj://support/3777">Support Request #3777</a> will make a link to the 3777th support request, and

<a href="lj://faq/64">FAQ #64</a> will take you the 64th FAQ, on the Blurty servers (http://www.blurty.com/support/faq.bml)

Last Updated:
greentea, 2002-10-31

How do I add a poll into my journal entries?

To create a poll, you must have an Early Adopter or Permanent Account. This benefit will aslo likely be available to paid accounts when they are available.

You can find the poll creator at: http://www.blurty.com/poll/create.bml

The poll creator will conveniently generate your poll's coding for you, based on your specifications. You then simply copy and paste the code into any brand new journal entry.

You can only create a poll when you first create an entry. For instance, you cannot edit an old post and include a new poll. In addition, you cannot edit a poll once it has been made.

Polls may be embedded into journal entries only, not comments.

Each Blurty user is allowed only 1 vote in a poll. After you've voted in a poll, you can change your answer by clicking on the poll #, and then clicking the [ Fill-out Poll ] link at the top.

The easiest way to make a poll is to use the creation tool. If you require further understanding of how to put together your polls, question types, use, and poll attributes, the rest of this FAQ will help you understand. With the below information, you may also choose to write the code for your poll manually, instead of using the poll creator. Either method will work fine.

When writing a journal entry, you can tell the Blurty servers that you want to start a poll by inserting the <lj-poll> tag. When the server parses this tag, it knows to display a poll based on the questions (<lj-pq>; "poll questions") and possible answers (<lj-pi>; "poll items") you provide. However, to make sure your poll displays properly, you need to provide a closing tag for every opening tag you declare.
A very basic poll would follow like so:

<lj-poll>

<lj-pq type=radio>
What is your name?
<lj-pi>Sir Launcelot of Camelot</lj-pi>
<lj-pi>Sir Robin of Camelot</lj-pi>
<lj-pi>Arthur, King of the Britains</lj-pi>
</lj-pq>

</lj-poll>

Each tag has different attributes, for example, a poll can be named by including the following attribute: <lj-poll name="My First Poll">

Different attributes defined:
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<lj-poll> (beginning poll tag)

name="..."
Labels the poll with a descriptive, easy to remember name

whovote="all(default),friends"
Specifies who is allowed to vote in your poll; options include any Blurty User (all), or just the people on your friends page (friends)

whoview="all(default),friends,none"
Specifies who is allowed to view who voted for what choices in your poll; options include either any Blurty User (all), just the people on your friends page (friends), or no one (none). Depending on the security level of the post that the poll resides in, people might be able to see the statistical data (percentages and bar graphs) of the poll, even if this option is specified as "none".

Ex:
<lj-poll name="The Bridge of Death" whovote="friends" whoview="all">
(This starts a poll named the "The Bridge of Death, where only the people on your friends list can vote. Anyone can see the raw data.)


<lj-pq> (poll question)

type="check,drop,radio,scale,text"

Ex:
<lj-pq type=text>
"What is your quest?"
</lj-pq>


Question Type specifications (<lj-pq type="?">)
-----------------------------------
type="radio"
Each item listed as a possible answer will have a radio button next to it, which means that people can only select one possible answer. At least one <lj-pi>possible answer</lj-pi> must be specified per each "radio" question.

type="check"
Each item listed as a possible answer will have a check box next to it, which means that multiple choices may be selected. At least one <lj-pi>possible answer</lj-pi> must be specified per each "check" question.

type="drop"
Each item listed as a possible answer will be displayed in a drop down selection box, so that only one answer may be viewable after selection. At least one <lj-pi>possible answer</lj-pi> must be specified per each "drop" question.

type="text"
Displays a box that allows a person to freely type in a string of text as their answer. When a text input question is declared, there are no possible choices to be displayed (<lj-pi>).
Text has 2 possible attributes, "size" and "maxlength". Example, size="30" will display a 30 character wide input box, while maxlength="50" will limit the voters' answers to 50 characters each.
The limit for the "size" is 100. The limit for "maxlength" is 255.

type="scale"
Displays seperate numeric options based on the information specified. Voters are typically expected to be ranking or rating something, based on a number scale given.
If absolutely no attributes (discussed below) are specified, it will be assumed that a straight from 1 to 10 choice is desired.
Scale has 3 possible attributes, "from", "to", and "by", which defines the range of the question. "from" is the beginning number, "to" is the finishing number (which is required to be greater than the "from"), and "by" is the value of units in between each choice; this value must be at least 1 or greater.
For example, if you want to make one of your questions "How old is old?" and wanted to include choices between 40 - 100, but only want choices in increments of 5 (eg 40, 45, 50, etc), you would input : <lj-pq type=scale from=40 to=100 by=5>
Scale type questions must be limited to 20 possible choices per question. (eg, scale from 1 to 100 by increments of 5 is ok; scale from 1 to 100 by increments of 1 is not)
By using the scale method, the Blurty servers are able to tell you interesting numerical statistics on the way people have voted, such as the median and the average.



A few things to remember:
----------------------------------

Each tag needs an appropriate closing tag.

Each <lj-pq> requires a "type" attribute.

The question text must follow immediately after the <lj-pq> tag.

<lj-pi> tags are for radio, check, and drop questions only. All possible answers are wrapped in <lj-pi> and </lj-pi>. They are to be inserted after the question's text, but before the question's closing tag </lj-pq>

Poll tags need to be nested correctly in order to work (ie, you need to close a question before you start a new one)

Last Updated:
bertho, 2003-07-20

What is the "backdate entry" option, and how do I use it?

Setting the "backdate entry" option (available for each journal entry in an individual journal) ensures that the entry will appear only on pages where its placement is based on the date and time you specify.

The date and time of a backdated entry does not need to be in the past. If you post an entry dated in the future, you will need to use the "backdate entry" option on each new post you make. This will allow you to continue posting with a normal date and time. Otherwise, Blurty will not accept your entry and you will recieve errors.

Note: If you recieve these errors and did not purposely set a post to the future, please see http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=26 for information on how to correct the dates of your entries so your posts are accepted.

On someone's friends page, the placement of your journal entries is based on when you actually posted them, not on the dates and times you entered. Checking the "backdate entry" box prevents your entry from appearing on those pages.

The option doesn't have any effect on your own recent entries pages, because sorting of the entries there is always based on the date and time you specify.

The "backdate entry" option can be selected on the full Update Journal page ( http://www.blurty.com/update.bml?mode=full ), and can later be modified when you edit the entry.

When you use this option, your entry is not accessible by paging back through certain views. You can always find an entry through the calendar view, however.

You cannot backdate entries to communities.

Last Updated:
greentea, 2002-10-31

Why isn't my entry showing up where it is supposed to?

There are a few reasons why your entries might not be showing up as planned; here are a few:

1.) If your entry is only viewable from your calendar, the problem might be that it was backdated. See the FAQ on backdating (http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=18).

2.) If the entry can only be seen on your friend's friends pages, the entry is most likely mis-dated. Look at your journal page and carefully check the dates (including the year) of the most recent entries that appear.

3.) Try logging in at http://www.blurty.com/login.bml and going to your journal page. If the entry now appears with an icon of a lock or an eye, you've set these entries to 'private' or 'friends only'. See the FAQ on security levels.

4.) It's possible you may be viewing a cached version of your page. Hit the 'reload' or 'refresh' button on your browser to bring up the latest updated version of your page.

5.) As Blurty grows, the number of posts being handled at the same time also increases in scale. There might be a tiny bit of lag between when you post an entry and when Blurty is ready to display it. Refresh your page after a few seconds to see if this corrects the problem.

6.) If you are a member of any communities, check to see if you posted your entry to a community, by mistake.

If none of these conditions apply to your journal, then feel free to submit a question to the support team (http://www.blurty.com/support/submit.bml).

Last Updated:
greentea, 2002-10-31

Why are my posts showing an incorrect date/time?

If the date or time of a post is showing up incorrectly this just means that the clock on your computer is now or was at sometime set to the wrong date or time. This could affect all posts made after the incorrect post. First make sure that the calendar, time, and time zone are all now set correctly on your computer. Then edit the date/time of the entries that are incorrect by doing the following:

From the web:

1.) Visit http://www.blurty.com/editjournal.bml
2.) Select the date that the post(s) is currently showing on your journal
3.) Manually type in the correct date/time of the post
4.) Choose save journal entry.

From the windows client:

1.) Choose "Blurty", and then view history. A calendar will then appear.
2.) Use the arrows to get to the Month that the post(s) is currently showing on your journal
3.) Pick the date that the post(s) is currently showing on your journal. Open each incorrect one separately, type in the correct date/time for that post, then click the OK button.

You may wish to use the backdating option when correcting misdated entries. More information on that can be found here: http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=18

Last Updated:
bertho, 2003-07-20

Can I prevent excerpts of my journal from being displayed on the front page?

As a feature to get others interested in joining the Blurty community, those who wish to can have portions of their journal entries displayed on the front page shortly after they post them. The process is automated and random, but if you do not wish your entries to appear there, you can elect not to have them show.

To do this, visit your edit info page (http://www.blurty.com/editinfo.bml), and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Uncheck the "allow front page display" button and save your changes.

For more information on how the indexing process works, please see: http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=6

Last Updated:
greentea, 2002-11-06

Why are my journal entries displaying ??? or non-standard symbols?

Blurty now uses UTF-8, a character encoding of Unicode to represent all of the world's languages. This means that all information that users submit to Blurty is stored internally in the UTF-8 encoding of the Unicode standard, which allows multiple languages and scripts to coexist within the same text.

However, the switch to Unicode also means that all prior information already stored in the database that is not in pure ASCII form must be augmented with information about the encoding it was submitted in.


In order to fix the non-standard symbols that appear in journal entries, you'll need to do two things.

1.) Visit http://www.blurty.com/editinfo.bml and specify your old encoding option or language.

2.) Visit http://www.blurty.com/utf8convert.bml and convert your information. This can either be done all at once, or by choosing which areas you'd like done indivually.

Last Updated:
greentea, 2002-11-16

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