So now you're here, you've got your new journal to write in, and all you have to do is find out how exactly you're supposed to write in it!
You can update your journal by visiting http://www.livejournal.com/update.bml
If you don't want to remember this link, you can either add it as a bookmark in your browser, or find it here when you visit the site:
Hover with your mouse over "Journal" to see "Update" appear on the next line. Click on "Update" and it will bring you there!
What's great about this page is it will automatically save your drafts every 30 seconds, in case you have a browser problem that keeps your entry from posting. Nobody will be able to see the saved copy, but you can bring it back the next time you visit the Update page.
All you really need to do is type in the "Entry" box, click "Update Journal", and you're done!
However, if you want to get fancy with your entry, you'll see several options at the bottom of the page:
- Rich Text Mode will let you easily change the look of your text: add italics, links, and so forth.
- Security will let you decide who should read this entry. [read more]
- Auto-Format HTML is for people who like to code their entire post by hand in HTML. If you don't know what this means, you can ignore this setting. [read more]
- Music and Mood is where you can type in what you're currently listening to, or how you're feeling. This information is displayed with your entry. If you pick a mood out of the drop-down box, you'll get an icon to go with it in your entry!
- Tags are a way that you can sort your posts into categories or topics. [read more]
- The Entry is Backdated box should remain unchecked, unless you're posting entries out of sequence. If this box is checked, your friends won't see the entry come up on their Friends Page. [read more]
- Comment Settings and Screen Comments are advanced settings that we'll talk about in another tutorial.
- A Userpic is a small 100x100 avatar that displays with your entry. We'll talk more about userpics later. It's okay if you don't have one now.
- "Post to" is how you can post to communities. If you have posting access to a community, you'll see the community name in the drop-down box. If you don't, you'll just see the name of your own journal.
- Click "Spell check" if you want a quick check of your spelling. "Preview" will let you read the entry through before posting it, and make changes if you need to. And "Update Journal" will finalize it and send it through where people can see it!
Make a mistake? Don't worry: you can edit or delete your entry at any time.
If you'd like to read more about other ways you can update your journal, please see the FAQ.
If you have questions about updating your journal, you're welcome to comment! (I'm probably not going to be able to answer all of your questions, but LiveJournal's staff and volunteers will be around to help as well.)
If you have questions about something else, please see our community userinfo for ways to get help using your new journal.
Welcome once again, and thanks for joining us!