Please Feel Free to Comment! Blogging Basics for Beginners

Our blog Women at Crossroads has been up and running for a while now and many of you are checking us out, however few are participating.  It occurred to me that some of you may be clueless about what blogging is or not know how to comment on a blog.  So, in the name of interaction and fellowship, I have written out some basics to help you get started.  Please take a risk and contribute to this blog because it is the only way we will get this online community up and started!

What is a Blog?

A Blog (a contraction of the term “Web log“) is a web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. (from Blogs, at

You can leave a reply or comment to a particular post on a blog by clicking on the title and then going to the reply/comment box at the end of the thread (a thread refers to a post and the replies following the post) and entering your own comment.  You will be required to leave an e-mail address (it will not be made public and will only be viewed by the blog author) and a name.  The name can be your real name, a nickname or pseudonym.

The Women at Crossroads Blog Interaction and Comment Policy

I will enjoy interacting with you and gladly welcome your comments. To ensure that comments enhance and do not detract from this blog, and because so many of us are beginning bloggers I’ve created the following comment policy.

A Word About Blog Comment Moderation

In order to maintain the integrity of the blog and its content all comments on Women at Crossroads will be moderated. “Comment moderation” means all comments will be read and reviewed before they appear on the blog.  I will work hard to review and approve comments as quickly as possible, but please realize that it may take some time to review all comments and do not resubmit your comment if it does not appear right away.

The Language, Length, and Format of Blog Comments

This blog has a unique audience with morally conservative sensibilities and opinions. That said, please avoid harsh language and any use of profanity and keep in mind that threatening language is not allowed nor will it be tolerated.

Ideally, your comment should be under 200 well chosen words with paragraphs as necessary; remember as you are writing your comments that whitespace makes the content easier to read on a computer screen.

If you have any questions about blogging or protocol for participating here at Women at Crossroads, please include your questions through utilizing the reply or comment box at the end of this thread. Remember click on the title of this post to gain access to the reply box.






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10 responses to “Please Feel Free to Comment! Blogging Basics for Beginners

  1. Newbie

    How do bloggers such as Grateful Grandma and Queen Bee get those cute pictures next to their comments?

  2. maryellenstipe

    Those cute pictures are avatars.

    What is an avatar?

    An avatar is a computer user’s representation of himself or herself, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games or a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on internet forums, blogs and other communities. It is an “object” representing the embodiment of the user. The term “avatar” can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an Internet user.

    What is a gravatar?

    A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums and weblogs?

    How do I get a gravatar?

    Signing up for a account is FREE, and all that’s required is your email address. Once you’ve signed up you can upload your avatar image and you’ll start seeing it on gravatar enabled weblogs like Women at Crossroads.

    Please get a gravatar and join the fun,

  3. I don’t see any link to register for a password in order to post a blog comment.

  4. maryellenstipe


    The password for the “pray with us” thread was given out at several meetings in August. You can obtain it ASAP simply by e-mailing me at my address and I will e-mail you it back to you. If you don’t have my exact e-mail address it can be obtained by calling the church office or it is listed on most of the church bulletins. I would rather not publish my e-mail address online at this time.

    Thanks for your interest,
    Maryellen Stipe

  5. aaafisherman


    Thanks for making the blog process so clear. I have been involved with IT for a long time, and never commented or posted to a blog. Partly out of ignorance, and partly out of my hesitation to be somewhat transparent on a web-wide forum.

    I am sure that there are “instructions” out there in the blog community for participating, however by your inclusion of this explanation, you have made it more user friendly for even the men that peruse this site! How we hate to admit our ignorance on ANYTHING!

  6. Can you get “FREE” websites to start a blog? I thought I was getting one for free, but once I started developing it, they asked for money?

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