This is an email to the social reporters. Hi,
I hope you are well and having a good day. My name is Ed; I’m the Transition web co-ordinator, working with Charlotte who is the Social Reporting Editor. Charlotte is here for the creative stuff, I’m here to set the Social Reporting website and various tools and lists up, be on hand to kick things that don’t work, solve things like login problems etc., and send ‘do this do that’ emails like this one.
This email is to get you off the ground, blog-ically speaking. It’s a step by step bunch of instructions as there’s no furry way to outline it all. Ready?
The next few things should take you 15 minutes approx. You can do bits here and there, but to be honest, I’d say get a cup of tea on, avoid distractions for a bit, and just do it in one. It’s all pretty straightforward once you’ve got your head round it, and practice brings familiarity and ease of use.
The purpose of these steps is to:
- A. update your public profiles so people know who and where you are
- B. get you to add a test blog post to get you out of the blogging gates…
- C. point you to the private workspace we have set up with the Blogging Primer and Rota
- D. show you the Social Reporting homepage
Stage: A: update your profile
1. Login: go to:
2. If you’re not taken straight to your user account, click your name (in top grey bar). This is your user account page – to which you can always return if you are lost: also here:
3. Click on the Edit tab – beneath the tabs, you will see ‘account’ and ‘user profile’. Update your ‘account’ details if you need, but more importantly, click on the ‘User profile’ information to add the following information to your public profile:
3a. Short biography (doesn’t have to be long)
3b. Your location: very important – we have a map of where you all are
3c. The initiative you are involved in
3d. Other stuff if you fancy
Stage B: add a test blog post
1. Click on ‘create content’ on the right hand side of your user account page
2. Click on ‘Social Reporting blog post’
3. Add a blog post called ‘Test blog post from [your name]’ or whatever, and add some stuff, tick some boxes, try adding a picture, go wild with literary quotes (top marks for seasonal beautiful poetry). No naughty pictures or words, please, ever. Save it, get used to the process. These will be live; we are in public.
4. You can read the ‘howto guide’ (complete with image adding process, images are a bit of a PITA) here:
4. I will delete this later as they will be live – but we need to see it working, and need to know you’ve broken the ice. I am around to help, it doesn’t matter if it goes odd, you can’t break anything 🙂
5. If you have a problem, now is the time to have it, and you are welcome to call me Mon-Thurs, working hours (although I have been known to work odd hours and passionately want to get this shebang on the road, so am unlikely to be unwelcoming when you need me).
Stage C: visit the private workspace and find the resources therein
We have set up a private workspace to put handy resources, see the other bloggers, use a forum if we want etc. It’s sort of on the Transition Network site, but kind of on another virtual server to keep it private, and it was cheap, so it’s not some google competitor but it does the job.
Please note, as it’s not on our main server, you may need to log in apparently randomly, sorry about that… To get back to the main TN account (with your public profile etc. as in A), click on ‘Transition Network main account’ in the top right…
1. Visit the workspace: you need to be logged in, it’s private:
2. Find the Blog Primer:
3. Find the Rota:
4. Have a look at the ‘Blog posting howto’:
5. Look at the members (other bloggers) list here:
Stage D: look at the Social Reporting homepage:
It’s all there, ready to go, only thing is there’s nothing in it yet. The Ceilidh hasn’t begun yet, we don’t quite know where the dancing will take place, or where the band will be, it’s an empty hall longing for soul – your content, your thoughts, inspirations, observations, photos, feelings, wit, moods, experiences etc…. At the moment it’s just got my brain wiffle – get to it! Get to it Get to it! What does your world look like?
Ahem. Yes. Anyway – here it is – a framework for us to experiment with, move around, discuss, share, promote, big up, use, learn from, connect and communicate through: