Blogging 101

Good Thursday afternoon, Siestas! I’m not sure if this week has flown by for the rest of you like it has here, but whew, the fact that it’s near the end of the week and close to the end of May is slightly insane. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, or just flat busy. Grin.

I know this may be the most boring post of your entire reading career, but lately I’ve been getting a lot of emails and questions on the blog about this here blog and I thought we were due for a little blogging 101. This just means we have some new readers, which is exciting, so bear with me as I try to clearly answer some of your basic questions so we’re all on the same page!

1. How do I become a Siesta?

We are far from exclusive around here, which means, there is nothing you need to do to become a Siesta. If you read this blog, consider yourself a Siesta. However, if you want to get more involved by commenting and adding to the conversation, feel free to keep reading to learn how to do just that. Many of you have asked where the term siesta came about, and here is the back story: “Isn’t “siesta” the Spanish word for nap? Yes! Then why are our LPM blog readers called siestas? One time Beth typed out the word “sistas,” referring to our blog readers, and her spell checker wanted her to change it to “siestas.” The name stuck! You can read about it here. If you read this blog, consider yourself a siesta! It’s just another word for sister.”

2. I got a new email address, can you please update your contact so I get the blog emailed to my new address?

Unfortunately, your email is not stored through Living Proof. You originally signed up through our RSS feed, and we have no control over that. If you got a new email address, please re-subscribe with your new address and you should be good to go.

3. I get your blogs emailed to me, but it doesn’t tell me who the author of that post is. Can you please make this more clear?

That is a great question! Since the RSS feed does not provide an author name at the top of the post in your email, the easiest thing for you to do is to click on the link to that particular post, and the author’s name of that post should be under each title.

4. If I “reply” to a blog post that has been emailed to me through the RSS feed, does that mean I’m leaving a comment on the blog?

Although that seems ideal, it actually does not work that way. If you hit “reply”, you are simply sending an email to the blog. To leave a comment, see the next question. This will help both of us out!

5. How do I leave a comment?

I’m so glad you asked! Each blog post has a title, under each title there is a little brown box that has a number in it. That is where you leave a comment.

Step 1) Simply click on the brown box and it will take you to the current comments.

Step 2) Scroll to the bottom of the comments page, and you will see a box that says, “Leave a Reply”.

Step 3) Under that there is a box for your name, an email address, and a website. You do not have to have a website to comment, only your name and email address are required. Once you’ve filled out the appropriate boxes, type your comment in the empty box provided, then hit the little button that says “Submit Comment”.

Step 4) Once you’ve submitted your comment, it will show up as you’ve typed it out, and out to the side it will say, “Awaiting moderation”. If you see that, you have correctly submitted your comment which means that now either Beth or myself will publish it once we read and approve it. We try to moderate comments in a timely manner, but thank you so much for being patient with us! We moderate them to both eliminate spam, and any unrelated comments or questions. Please know as hard as we try to read every comment, we reserve the right to moderate without reading, especially if we have 500 waiting to be moderated. If you have something that you do not want shared on the world wide web, please be careful when posting, even if you write “please do not publish this comment”, we may not catch it in time. The best way to share something privately is through our contact page here. That is the most appropriate and efficient way to get questions answered and for private matters to stay private matters.

6. How do I sign up for the Summer Bible study?

Tuesday, June 26, will be our official launch day. By then you should have your group assembled and workbooks purchased.  You will sign up by simply commenting and answering a few fun questions about your group.

7. Is there a way I can search for an old blog post?

If you look to the right of the blog, in the right hand column under the “Welcome to the blog of Living Proof Ministries” there is a search bar, there you can type in the blog you are looking for and it should bring up a variety of blogs that match your search.

8. How do I receive the blog in my email inbox?

If you’re looking on the right column again, there is a link that says, “Receive feed via email”, simply click on that and it will  take you to a feed-burner page where you’ll insert your email address. Then you should be good to go!

9. The blog posts seem to take a while to get to my inbox, is there a way I can get it faster so I don’t miss out on the Q&A’s or the giveaways?

This is so common and I am so sorry! I realize you are getting the blog to delivered to your email so that you don’t have to check the blog daily, but we have no control over when you get your blog post from the time we published it. Since it comes through a 3rd party feedburner, the timing of it actually depends on your internet provider and when their server information is updated. This may be the reason your neighbor gets it within an hour while you don’t receive it until that night. Again, so sorry there is nothing we can do for you!

Congrats on making it through the entire post. I hope it was somewhat helpful. We love y’all and want to serve you well!

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  1. 1
    Miffy says:

    Wow – what a great entry level post for all of techno-peasants. Thank you!!! 🙂

    • 1.1
      Miffy says:

      And don’t I sound like I have broken engrish??? Sorry, I’m just a crappy typer. It should read ‘for all of us techno-peasants’!

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    Warm in Alaska says:

    Thanks, Lindsee, for the lesson! We should start calling these, “Lessons from Lindsee.” Even though I’ve been on the blog since 2006 when it started (so much fun for all these years!), I always learn something new when there’s a post about the “how-to’s.”

    Cherrio ~

    Warm (and very rained-on today) in Alaska.

  3. 3
    Rita Brinkman says:

    You are wonderful; you are patient; you are a good teacher, Lindsee. Thank you so much for these lessons!

  4. 4
    Debbie says:

    To Beth, Lindsee, Melissa, Amanda and everyone responsible for some element of this blog-

    Thank you. This blog and online community is a blessing

  5. 5
    Lori says:

    Thank you so much I found it informational even though I’ve considered myself a Siesta for awhile now blessings and much love!!! Beth I can’t wait to see you live in Maine in November 🙂

  6. 6
    Christy says:

    Thanks Lindsee,

    Your post was very easy to follow and very helpful!!! This is my first time on this website and I am super excited!!! After a quick “look around”, I’m pumped to join the summer study AND I think the idea of the SSMT was brilliant!!!! (Now I’ll be ready to join the next one…… or do it on my own with a group of friends!) Thanks for your inspiration and faithful service! Many blessings to you and your team!

  7. 7
    Sandra Hanrahan says:

    Thank u so much Lindsee for ur very informative post, I was wondering which one is the best address to send a letter to our siesta momma? I want to send one pretty soon before she comes to Calgary and I’m not sure where to send it, could u help me? Thanks, again Sandra. 🙂

  8. 8
    Ashley says:

    You did great, Lindsee! We all love you!!!

    And welcome, NEW SIESTAS!!!!!!! We love you too!

  9. 9
    Sandra Hanrahan says:

    Thank u so much for your useful post, I was wondering which one is the best address to write a letter to our siesta momma, I would like to send one before she comes to Calgary, but I’m not sure where to send it, if you could help me with that information it will be great! Thanks again, Sandra.

  10. 10
    Gail says:

    Thank you so much for this Lindsee, it did help answer many questions I had for the email posts I was receiving! You do a wonderful job keeping us all informed of many things. God bless you which I am sure He has with this new walk in your life! What a Joy to serve where you are!

  11. 11
    flip flops says:

    I have learned some things….thanks…and I have been on here from the beginning. 🙂
    I have signed up for it to come to my e-mail and it does but I can I get the comments to come to my e-mail as well?
    thanks Lindsee

    • 11.1
      Lindsee says:

      Hi flip flops! You want all the comments to come to your email? That would be a lot of email for you. Either way, if you want that, after you leave a comment, below the box there is a little box you can insert your email into that says” “To receive a daily digest of comments on this post, enter your email address below.” I hope that helps.

  12. 12
    Suey Caldwell says:

    Lindsee

    God bless you
    thanks and take care
    You the bestie

    Suey Caldwell

  13. 13
    jaye hammon says:

    I keep getting in my email two of each blog. The same blog twice. I can just delete the second one but was wondering if this is causing you extra work. I know you don’t need this. How ever you handle this please don’t delete me from the blogs. Thank you.

  14. 14
    Hannah K. says:

    Hi Lindsee,

    Thank you for taking the time to write out the explanation to all these questions.

    I just wanted to clarify one thing about #9: you can change the time the emails get out (I’m assuming you’re using feedburner). The trick to getting it out as soon as possible to everyone would be to try to publish the articles at the same time and the schedule the email delivery for immediately after that time. I hope that helps, of course if you don’t use feedburner feel free to ignore.

    (I linked to a great article that tells you how to change just about everything with feedburner in the website space.)

  15. 15
    Julie says:

    Thanks for the blog info. I wondered about some of those things, but never thought to ask!

  16. 16
    Hayley says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. I have faithfully followed this blog for over a year now. I’ve been to two LPL events since then and never had the guts to go the the ‘siesta meetings’ because I didn’t know if I was officially a siesta. Thanks for making it clear. Next time, I’m there!

  17. 17
    Joy Cravens says:

    Thank you Lindsee. I can tell you are a blessing to Beth and the LPM Ladies! I love younger techy people helping us regular wantabe techy people!

  18. 18
    Kelly S says:

    Love you so much Lindsee! Thank you for serving us so well 🙂

  19. 19
    Andrea Roberts says:

    Hi Lindsay,
    I have a question about the summer bible study. I am hosting this in my home with about 16 ladies. Is there a way to download the vidoes that Beth will be doing, and burn them to a dvd so that I can show it on my television instead of a small computer screen. Thanks so much for your response.

  20. 20
    Kathy Gerlach says:

    Great job, Lindsee! You’re a great teacher!

  21. 21
    Karen says:

    Must have missed a few blogs! What is the Bible Study starting soon?

  22. 22
    Carolyn says:

    I, too, must have missed a few blogs! What Bible Study is happening June 26th? Will it be like Eat, Pray and Love? By the way, I really liked that study, thank you.

  23. 23
    Vicky says:

    THANKS FOR ANSWERING ALL THE QUESTIONS I’VE HAD!

  24. 24
    Donna Walhood says:

    Thank you for the helpful info…I am trying to find (using your tips) an old blog that listed all the Bible study resources Beth recommends/uses. It had pictures and I cannot find it on the Search feature, but I would love to find the info again! Thanks for your help!

    • 24.1
      Donna Walhood says:

      Found it! The entry is called “Starting Your Library: For Those Who are Interested!” posted on 4-20-2011…

  25. 25

    I love your blog although sometimes I don’t get to read them all. I have been so encouraged by them and your “transparency” and wonderful love of the Saviour. Keep truckin’.

  26. 26
    Judy Pauley says:

    Judy Pauley
    Watching grandsons this summer, & having fun in hometown.

  27. 27
    sharon says:

    What a great choice, Noone could be more deserving. so thankful for the sacrifices all of our service families make for all of us!!! Well Done Melissa, Love ya!!!

  28. 28
    Tricia says:

    I look at the blog everyday and I LOVE it!! This week when I log onto the LPM page,I can view the blue box across the top (About, Events,Interact, Media and Store) and the “Memorized the Book of James?” Nad the rest is blank. What happened? Is it my computer? Thanks for your help. 😀 Tricia

  29. 29
    Carolyn D. says:

    hello, this is Carolyn D. from Lake Charles, La.
    Looking forward to getting into the study.
    I will be solo.

  30. 30
    Melissa Miller says:

    Thanks for the information. I am so glad I found SLI bible study. I listened to the audio book months ago. I told everyone I knew that I wish I could put this book in the had of every women and young lady. This book changed my life. God bless you all and LPM.

  31. 31
    Sharleen Copp says:

    Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do must be done with love.

    1Cor. 16:13-14 NLT

  32. 32
    Sharleen Copp says:

    The Lord is good. When trouble comes, He is a strong refuge. And He knows everyone who trusts in Him.

    Nahum 1:7 NLT

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