The idea of me writing a tutorial on how to use a website is hilarious, but I have been asked the same questions over and over, and usually have a new influx of readers every few months, so I have given in to the advice to write a how-to. If you already know how to use all the elements of the Flight Paths blog, then you can safely skip this one. If you are new, you might want to read it in any case.
So, in the spirit of websites everywhere, here are the FAQs:
How do I get to the blog?
I know that many people come here only from posted or shared links, especially from facebook. If you do that, you will go straight to that post instead of the main page of the blog, and that means you will miss other posts. I do post five days a week, except when otherwise noted.
To get to the entire blog, type www.flightpaths.org in your search engine. If you come from the Flight Paths Facebook page, go to the left column of that page and scroll down until you see the blue address in the description of the website. Click on that.
By approaching the blog in either of those ways, you can scroll down and read the current and previous nine entries on any given day. At the very bottom of the main page, on the left (under the current ten entries), you will see the word “Previous.” If you click on that, you can go to the ten entries just before those, and so on, all the way back to the beginning of the blog.
How do I subscribe to the blog?
I am told there are two ways to do so.
First, on the right sidebar of the main page, under “Categories” you will see “RSS Feed.” If you click on that, it will take you to a page to subscribe. I am not sure how it works. In fact, some have had trouble getting it to work or figuring out what to put in the form on the page, but if you are far more computer literate than I, you can give it a try.
More people have told me they “bookmark” the main page. On my computer, you go to the top bar and click on a little square on the right. A box drops down and then you find “bookmark this page” and click on that. It will then be added to your favorites list. After that, all you have to do is click on “favorites” or “bookmarks” or whatever your computer calls it. When the box drops, look for “Flight Paths” and click on that. It will take you straight to the page without the hassle of a Google search.
This will only work if you bookmark the main page. If you use a link, that one post is what you will get every time.
If I go from a link, how do I find the main blog?
Any time you go to the blog from a link, just look on the left sidebar for “Dene’s blog.” Click on that and you will get the entire blog, including the ten previous posts. Just keep scrolling down as we mentioned earlier. You can also bookmark it at that point, and it will work just fine.
How do I get a Flight Paths book?
Also on the left sidebar, you will see “Dene’s books” and “Dene’s classbooks.” Click on whichever you want, and it will take you to a page that links to a bookstore or my publisher.
How do I find a specific article?
This is what the right sidebar is for. Under my picture you will find “Archives” and “Categories.” If you know the approximate date, then click on the month and year and scroll through those. If you know the general topic, try the categories list.
About those categories. Many posts are linked under several. Some of the categories have to do with the topic of the post: faith, unity, family, etc., but others are based on the jumping off point. If I came up with a post while I was cooking one day, you should look under “Cooking/Kitchen.” If you remember something about a camping trip, look under “Camping.” If it started with a cute story about a child, click on “children.” So you have several ways to find a particular post—date, jumping off point, and topic.
Are there other pages?
All the other pages of the post are listed on the left sidebar. Whichever page you are on will be highlighted. I have already told you about the book pages. Let me talk a minute about two others.
“Contact Dene” is an email page. This might be useful if you have a question you would rather keep private rather than posting on the bottom of an article. Anyone can see the comments on the bottom of the articles, but only I receive the question from the “Contact” page.
“Dene’s Recipes” came about from the Cooking/Kitchen entries. After reading a particular post, people often asked for the recipe I mentioned. So I have started including them on that page, with links to the date of the original post. You can go either way—from the post to the recipe or from the recipe to the post.
What do I do with the facebook page?
The facebook page is strictly for announcements, tips on using the blog, and usually one link a week. If you “like” the page, you will automatically see anything I post on that page on your newsfeed. I use it to share when and where I will be speaking, when a new book is coming out, when I am starting a series, and many readers use it to share links with people they think might find a particular post helpful. I do not link all of my posts. That would make me the proverbial boy who cried wolf, and people would stop noticing. If all you use are the links on the facebook page, you will miss 80% or more of the posts. That is why you need to bookmark the main page.
I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to contact me if you have other questions. The contact page is also listed on the left sidebar.