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									How to LiveJournal
        LiveJournal Is…
• Blogging software that allows you to create
  and continuously update an online journal.
• A kind of Content Management System,
  software that makes Web publishing easy by
  forcing the content into a template format.
• A networked blogging environment where
  your blog is easily linked to other blogs
  through LiveJournals’ Friends and
  Community features.
           LiveJournal …
• Automatically stores your journal entries in a
• Lets you incorporate simple HTML tags to add links,
  photos and simple text formatting in your journal.
• Has a sophisticated “Friends” system that keeps
  track of the latest entries made by your friends.
• Has an extensive system of community blogs, based
  on common interests, where individual bloggers may
  post. Ex: temple_u_goth, west_philly.
         Set Up a Free
      LiveJournal Account
• Go to www.livejournal.com
• Select WELCOME from the main menu, and SET UP AN
• At the CREATE NEW JOURNAL page, select a
  username. This will be the primary way that people
  identify you on lj, so choose wisely!
• Select a password and enter your date of birth.
• Choose a FREE account - you don’t need a paid account
  for this class.
• Type the letters at the bottom of the screen, and press
  the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button.
         Set Up a Free
      LiveJournal Account
• Your new blog url will be:

• You may now enter your information into your blog.
   Either press the ENTER PERSONAL
   INFORMATION button, or go to the MANAGE menu
   and select INFO.
• Your personal information appears on your PROFILE
   page. You can see an example of a profile page at
      Add a Journal Entry
• Go to LiveJournal and log in.
• Select the JOURNAL menu, and then select UPDATE.
• Enter a title for your journal entry in the TITLE field.
• Type your journal entry in the ENTRY field.
• At the OPTIONS box, you may choose to make this
  journal entry PUBLIC (anyone can see it), PRIVATE (only
  you can see it), or FRIENDS ONLY (only people on your
  friends list can see it.
• You may also enter MUSIC you are listening to, and
  select a MOOD, if you would like.
          Review and Edit
          Journal Entries
• You can see your new journal entry at:
• You may edit your journal entry by going back to your
   userinfo page, selecting the MANAGE menu, and
   choosing ENTRIES.
• Choose the entry you wish to modify. If it is the most
   recent entry select MOST RECENT ENTRY.
• Edit the entry at the next page, and press the SAVE
   ENTRY button when you are done.
         Personalize Your
• You can change the format and color scheme of your
    LiveJournal pretty easily.
• Go to the MANAGE menu and select CUSTOMIZE.
• You may choose S1 or S2 styles (S1 is easier)
• You can see a preview of the S1 and S2 styles here:
• If you know some HTML you can modify the color scheme
    for your journal by entering new color values
• You can choose mood icons, if you would like. Preview
            Add Friends
• The Friends feature lets you see all of the
  journal updates of your friends in the
  “Friends of” page.
• To add friends, go to the MANAGE menu
  and select FRIENDS,
• Enter the lj username of the journals you
  would like to add to your FRIENDS list.
        Add a User Icon
• You may create and upload up to 3 user
• User icons are images that are no larger than
  100 pixels by 100 pixels.
• To upload an icon, go to the MANAGE menu
  and select USER PICTURES.
• You may upload an icon from a file on your
  computer, or enter a URL from the Web.
• Icons must be in .gif or .jpg file format.
   HTML with LiveJournal
• HTML = “Hypertext Markup Language.” It is a
  set of formatting commands that is used to
  create Web pages.
• LiveJournal supports some simple HTML
  commands that format text, create links to
  other Web pages, embed images, and link to
  audio, video and other file formats on the
    Simple HTMLText
 Formatting in LiveJournal
• LiveJournal supports very simple HTML text formatting:
   bold, underline, italic text.
• LiveJournal also supports basic left, center and right
• All HTML commands (called “tags”) have the same
            <tag> Indicates the beginning of a tag
              </tag> Indicates the end of a tag.
For example
 <b>The words in between the b and the /b are bold.</b>
        The words outside of the tags are no longer bold.
         Make It Bold
To make something bold, put it between
 <b> </b> tags:

         <b>This is BOLD</b>
            This is not bold.
         Make It Italic
• To make something italic, put it
  between the <I></I> tags:

           <I>This is italic.</I>
             This is not italic.
          Underline It
• To underline something, put it between
  the <u></u> tags.

       <u>This is underlined.</u>
              This is not.
     Centering Text and
• To center text and images, put them
  between the <center></center> tags:

   <center>This is centered.</center>
This is not.
   Using Right Alignment
• To align text and images to the right,
  use the <right></right> tags:

        <right>This is right-aligned.</right>
This is not.
     Using Left Alignment
• By default, all text and images in LiveJournal
  are left-aligned. You don’t need to use the
  <left></left> tags, but if you wanted to, this is
  what it would look like:

<left>This is left aligned</left>
By default, this is also left aligned.
              Line Spacing
• There are two basic HTML tags for line spacing: <p> and <br>.
• <p> goes between lines when you want to skip a line inbetween
• <br> goes at the end of a line when you just want to go to the
  next line.
• Unlike other tags, you do not have to close these with a </br>
  or a </p>, at least in the world of LiveJournal.
• Usually, LiveJournal will format line spacing based on how you
  use the ENTER key. However, occasionally you do need to use
  <p> and <br> to get the spacing that you would like.
       Other Formatting
• Because LiveJournal is a Content
  Management System that uses pre-defined
  templates, not all HTML tags work as you
  would expect them to.
• <h1> and <h3>, for example, have pre-
  defined formats associated with them.
• If you know additional HTML commands, you
  can experiment with them to see how they
  work in LiveJournal.
                 Create a Link
If you just want to put a link in your journal, just type a URL:


You can also turn a group of words into a link by using the <a href> tag:

         <a href = “http://www.cnn.com”> Click here for CNN</a>

If you want the URL to open in a new window, you can add a target to the
    <a href> tag:

 <a href = “http://www.cnn.com” target = “_new”> Click here for CNN</a>
            Adding Images
• You may embed images in your LiveJournal page
  using simple HTML.
• You must first upload your images to a Web server.
  We will cover this in Lesson 3, if you do not know
  how to do this. If you have a Temple e-mail account,
  you have some Web server space.
• The code for embedding images in your LiveJournal
  page is:
<img src = “http://unix.temple.edu/~susanj/lj/mebykc.jpg”>
   Adding Sounds, Video,
     Flash Animation
• LiveJournal does not let you embed audio,
  video, Flash, Director or any other kind of file
• If you want to add these elements to your
  journal, you must link them.
• For example, here is a link to a Flash

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