About this site
First, let me promise that my future blog entries will be about Nicaragua, not about geek/computer stuff. But, I needed to talk a little about what we are doing and I decided a blog entry was the most appropriate.
Notice that I said we. The geek side of me is just here to facilitate this place on the web. The only way it will work is if we all start contributing. This system, called Drupal, has some amazing capabilities that can help us all get information organized and available to others.
Before we get too far, if you are confused, click on FAQ in the upper right. That is where the site documentation lives. More is on the way.
My biggest concern is that the available capabilities will scare you away from contributing. While there are a lot of capabilities available, you can just use those you are currently comfortable with. You are able to read anything on the site without creating a login. Once you do create one you get many more capabilities. Let me describe just the basics.
- You can write a story. Nothing magic there--if you write one it just ends up made publically available. You can just enter text and put a line with a <p> between paragraphs or use the Textfile input mode (there is a help item when you go to write something) and it will look fine.
- You can write a blog entry. A blog is like a diary. The only way it really differs from a story is that all your blog entries will be associated with you so it is easy for a reader to find what you are saying. A travelog would make a good blog topic whereas something about an isolated subject would make a better story.
- Ask a forum question. Forums are organized by topics and you can add a new subject under a selected topic.
- You can post a comment. This comment could be associate with a story, a blog entry, or a forum entry.
Like I said, there is a lot more but that should be enough to overwhelm you for now. But, please say something. Participation is what is going to make this site work.
If you are interested in being an Editor, that is someone who maintains the content of the site, let me know.