(Comment by navajo: Feel free to keep your posts simple also. Just text diaries are excellent. Don’t feel the need to post images or embed video. Those are wonderful but not necessary.
Thank you winter rabbit for these instructions. You are a master at diaries. – promoted by navajo)
The title of this is how to post a diary, for posting a diary is what I believe is the barrier, as opposed to writing one and having the desire to do so. I will break it down to four stages: the word document, the pre – preview stage, the preview stage, and the posting stage.
The word document stage of writing a diary is the most crucial, for the spell check and the character counting tool under tools are necessary for cutting down on the amount of time it takes to post a diary.
“Tools” is at the top of your word document; utilize the spell check in order to insure proper spelling. But less obvious may be the word count, which is needed for the introduction or top portion of a diary. Simply select the paragraph, then go to “word count” under tools. While some sites allow a large body of material to be posted in the first body paragraph, Kos does not. It also looks better to have a brief introduction. Using the word count to keep the first body paragraph, or the very first box of a diary to around 1,000 characters saves time in the posting process. If I remember correctly, Kos has the limit at 1,100 characters for the first paragraph at the top box. Now onto the pre – preview stage.
The pre – preview stage is where links, pictures, videos, and blockquotes are posted as HTML code.
For example, a link in the pre – preview stage is written as (no spaces in actual pre – preview stage after clicking “new diary” where title and tags are written at appropriate places, except for here: < a href ):
There is no space between the < and the a.
< a href= (link)> (word(s) used) < / a >
The lower box or main body at Kos requires now, that the above is used in the first box, while quotations are added after the “=” and before the > in the main or second box.
< a href= “(link)”> (word(s) used) < /a >
If the links don’t connect in other sites, just remove the quotations, making sure the only space is here:
< a href= (link)
Clicking the “preview diary” or just “preview” changes the HTML to the link itself, where the words are seen and the connection is made to the link contained therein. Do not use parenthesis, they are used only for illustration here.
< a href= (link) > (word(s) used) < / a >
Now onto posting pictures, videos, and blockquotes as HTML code in the pre – preview stage.
If you post a diary at Kos, here are the sites you can use. This is what you see when you click Kos’s “New Diary” tool.
Any images in your posts
must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com)
You need to get an account at one of the above (I use Photobucket), and get the HTML code from the photos under “HTML code.” Simply copy it and paste it onto your word document in the appropriate place without spaces.
href = “http://s174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/deer_012/?action=view¤t=IMG_1
073.jpg” target=”_blank”>< img
src = “http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/deer_012/IMG_1073.jpg” border=”0″
alt=”Photobucket”> < / a >
What if the picture is too big? See the third line above where img is?
Add this after it without spaces.
width = 400
Additionally, a space is necessary after the 400, which is obtained by hitting the space bar on your keyboard.
That becomes this.
For videos, simply copy and paste the “embed” if it is on You Tube.
In addition, you can get the embed code by clicking in the lower left hand corner of a You Tube video, or just double clicking on it takes you to its original location if it’s posted elsewhere.
Now for blockquotes, bold, underline, italics, and strikes.
At the top, do this without spaces, remembering to cite the source right before the blockquote or within the blockquote itself.
< a h r e f = (link) > (word(s) used) < / a >
< blockquote >
Then the paragraphs (no more than 3 paragraphs, and if it’s a short article, use less).
< / blockquote >
Making words bold
is (without spaces).
< B > (word(s)) < / B > < B R >
Making words underlined is (without spaces).
< u > (word(s)) < / u >
Making words in italics is (without spaces).
< i > (word(s)) < / i >
striking out a word is (without spaces).
< s > (word(s)) < / s >
Now you’re ready to go to the preview stage. After the HTML code is done without spaces and everything is as you want it, copy and paste from your word document to the appropriate boxes in the diary. Press “preview.” The pictures, videos and so on will appear and you can see if the pictures are too big or not. If so, decrease the number from 400 to 350 and so on,
073.jpg” target=”_blank”> < img
alt=”Photobucket”>< / a >
making sure there is one space between the 400 and the src in the next line. Don’t worry if it ends up on the same line, just make sure there’s a space. Also, a video may not post if the particular site you’re posting on does not allow full screen, simply delete that part of the HTML after clicking the “edit diary” button. It’ll tell you what else to delete if need be. You can always go back to the edit function from the preview function, and even after it’s been posted.
When everything looks right in the preview function, take a big breath and click post.
I hope this helps clear some things up, and happy dairy posting!