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Quick Trick that we just found out about recently — read this first!
(2013 Sep) The person in your ECHDP Committee who records the meeting minutes is probably using a word processor like Microsoft Word, which produces documents called .DOC or .DOCX, .ODT or .FODT, etc. Such documents can change fonts, colors, display bulleted lists & data tables. We have found that converting to .RTF (Rich Text Format) is much more readable by the WordPress editor software. First convert your notes (Save as) to .RTF. Then, re-open the .RTF document. Copy & paste the content into your blog editor. Afterwards, you can further prettify the text if you like.
Why should ECHDP members care about blog posting?
The first thing that ECHDP Committees will want to do on their new EC Info Center pages is to copy & archive the minutes from recent & past meetings. This captures fleeting information, saving it in a searchable knowledgebase for committee members to access when they need it — a kind of simple crowd-sourcing. The day-to-day effort expended in retrieving common ‘knowledge’ ( — that phone number again for Grandma’s Shop?) becomes easier & more accurate, while also developing a historical archive for Main Street. This all happens on a password-protected blog page that is only readable by your colleagues. But if they want, members can also post items on a shared blog page on the EC Info Center ‘main’ site, accessible by other committees. Blog posts on the ‘main’ site can also be made public-access, so be careful there.
Each ECHDP Committee ‘sub-site’ can have any number of information pages, along with its own private, internal news/blog page (many regular webpages plus 1 blog page). Likewise, the slightly more open EC Info Center ‘main’ site has one shared news/blog page accessible to all ECHDP committees (it’s also made up of many regular webpages but only 1 blog page):
Your ECHDP committee’s internal News (blog) page is called: /news-blog/
One very cool trick is that blog posts can be back-dated. This means that your committee’s meeting notes from years ago (or any other documentation) can be chronicled (today) on your committee’s blog! The dated, local history will be there for your members, while remaining invisible to the public (so it needn’t look perfect). This provides a free library of background materials when designing a poster, planning the next festival, or otherwise researching Ellicott City.
What is a blog page?
Although mostly similar, it’s important to differentiate a blog page from a regular webpage. Think of a blog (ie, a web-log) as a vertical ladder up to the future. Each new blog entry (or news item) is a new rung on top of earlier ones. Underneath the most current articles are older articles. You can scroll down the blog & back in time. A blog page is dynamic & somewhat interactive. By contrast, a regular webpage is a static block of text (ie, it stops at the bottom). Each WordPress site (or ‘sub-site’) offers many regular webpages, plus exactly 1 blog page. A blog page is special. It has its own architecture.
How can I edit my committee’s News (blog) page?
That’s why we’re here! Below are YouTube links to Chris Coney‘s latest WordPress Tutorials. Chris presents 19 WordPress lessons, but for now we’ll be concentrating on 2 of them, numbers 10 & 11 …