BoatUS Blog FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


What is a Blog or Weblog?

A blog (aka weblog or web log) is a Web page that is frequently updated, usually with personal insights and Web links.


How are Blogs Used?

Traditionally, blogs were used as something like an online diary. They included links that the author had found interesting that day as well as life stories.

We encourage BoatUS Blogs to write on different topics such as:

  • A vacation diary
  • Posting boating industry news
  • Updating/informing people about your boating projects or plans
  • Hourly, daily, weekly updates of your favorite boating websites
  • New information on topics pertaining to boating you have come across
  • Product updates: reviews, new versions, new products
  • Boating history
  • Special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, splashing a new boat, doing boat restoration, etc.
  • Almost anything you can think of


How do I sign up to view or become BoatUS Blogger?

It's easy!

First you must be an active Member of BoatUS and have your Membership number handy. (If you are not a Member click here to join ).

Next you must visit our Registration Page!

The Registration Page walks you through the necessary steps to become a "Registered User" or a "Registered Blogger"


What's the difference between a "Registered User" and a "Registered Blogger?"

Registered Users - can view all blogs on the site and leave their feedback in the form of "comments" that everyone can view who visits the blogs.

Registered Bloggers - can post blogs for people to view and also leave comments on fellow-blogger's blogs.


How do I become a "Registered Blogger?"

To become a Registered Blogger you must email blogger@boatus.com with your name, Membership number, a reason for why you want to blog with BoatUS and a sample/or the first blog you'd like to post.

From there we review your content and will get back to you via email.


How can I post to my blog?

Posting to your blog is simple and can be done right after you login. The "BoatUS Blogs" box on the left-hand side of the page will guide you to the "Post New Blog" page.

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From here you can post the words, links and pictures that go with your blog.


How do I use your text editor?

The text editor is useful in making your blogging experience a unique one by giving you the freedom to change the style of your blog's text formatting.

The text editor is a simple module that functions like any word processing program (ie... Microsoft Word) you may use on a daily basis. It allows you to manipulate font size, color, style and format.

Refer to image below.

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"Text Editor In Edit Blog Form"

The text editor also always you to hyper link URL links to text, justify text (left, right & center) and will give you the option to insert "smiley' icons to indicate emotion at the end of a sentence or word.


How can I post pictures to my blog?

Once you are at the "New Blog Form" page you will see a small button (circled in red in diagram below). Click the button and it will bring you to the "Image Properties" popup that will give you two different options on how to upload images to your blog.

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"New Blog Form Picture Uploader"

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"Image Properties Popup Box"


Option #1: URL Link

Using different online services such as imageshack will give you the opportunity to resize your images to fit into the form for the blog.

When using services like this it will host your image on a different site and provide you with a link that you can put in the "Image Properties" popup box that will generate the picture on your blog where ever you place your cursor on the "New Blog Forum."

Sites we suggest for uploading images:

Imageshack: http://imageshack.us/
TinyPic: http://tinypic.com/
Photobucket: http://photobucket.com/


Option #2: Uploading Directly To BoatUS Blog Site

To have BoatUS host your images you must click on the "Upload" tab (circled in red in diagram below).

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From there it will bring you to an upload form that will give you the option to pick an image off your computer. We suggest you resize and rename your image before posting it though this form (We will only host pictures that are 100k or smaller).

Simply click "Browse...", pick the image you would like to upload and then click to "Send it to the Server." This will upload the image and place it where ever you place your cursor on the "New Blog Forum."

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Can I post Embedded Video?

Unfortunately, we can not embed videos at this time, but we plan on add this in the future. Meanwhile, just post direct links to videos while we resolve these issues.


What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it is a way to tell other people about your new blog entries. By posting blogs in RSS friendly XML, readers all over the world can view your blog entries on content aggregators. You can also post content from other blogs on using RSS tools. RSS Web feed formats are used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with a blog in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.

Click here to see how to use RSS feeds with Internet Explorer or Firefox web browsers. Feeds can also be viewed by downloading feed reading software


What is a Tag?

Tags are used to classify and identify an item in a blog posting. The difference between a tag and your typical "directory classification" is that tags are user-created. Users can take specific words/phrases used in their blog posting to help optimize the way it is searched on a blog site through the site's "Blog Tag Page."

Tags also are useful in networking bloggers by specific topics and/or terms.

For instance, if two bloggers post about "hurricanes" and tag the word "hurricanes" it will be pooled together with postings from other bloggers who wrote about the same topic and have the word "hurricane" tagged in the body of their specific posting.

Tagging words in your postings is one of the best ways to draw people to your blog.


How do I use the Blog Tag Page?

The Blog Tag Page groups together the words/phrases that bloggers have tagged in their postings. Each tag is listed on the page by how frequently it was used. The more popular a tag is the more it is "weighted" on the Blog Tag Page.

Weighting is based on how large the font characters are on words/phrases that have been tagged on the blog site. When you view the Blog Tag Page you will notice large and small characters being used for each tagged word. The larger the font the more frequently it was tagged by bloggers. The smaller the font the less it was tagged by bloggers.