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Welcome to the Japan Forum, and thank you for joining our community!

This is the fifth of a multiple-page help series to guide you on how to use the website. This page will give you an overview of how to use our user journal system.

We have been using blogs on JREF since 2007, moving to different systems thrice. UBS (User Blog System) is tightly integrated into our forum and the most advanced and feature-rich blog add-on so far. Due to the multiple conversions, some of the older blog entries could not be ported over properly (resulting in invalid links, broken attachments, or garbled text). We reorganised the category structure and cleaned up as many entries as possible (in particular mojibake). However, some chores still need to be tackled. Meanwhile, we are looking forward to your journals!

Here's how to use them:

1. Creating a journal

You first have to create a journal. You can create multiple journals, if you are planning on writing about different topics, language blogs, cooking blogs, travel journals, or whatever.

Click the "Journal" link in the top menu.

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Once on the journal index page, click the "Create Journal" button.

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The following form will open (see the explanation below):

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1. Journal title: use something short and meaningful to describe your journal.

2. Journal description: describe the purpose of your journal. This is just your journal's description, so do not use this field for journal entries!

3. Upload image: please upload a cover image to your blog (maximum size 500MB), any personal image that is representative of your journal. We want to remind you that our general rules for uploaded content apply.

4. About Author: enter any autobiographical data you would like to share with other members and the general public.

5. Rating system: choose whether you allow other members to rate your journal, to rate and review it or to disallow rating and reviews at all.

6. Meta description: you can disregard this field; use it if you would like search engines to use your journal description. Nowadays, metatags are no longer relevant for most search engines.

7. Save your journal: you can either save your blog and proceed to post your first journal entry or save your journal and write your first entry at a later point.

2. Creating your first journal entry


Clicking the "Post New Entry" button will bring up the following form:

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1. Entry title: enter a descriptive title (minimum of 5 characters)

2. Journal Entry: this is where you enter your journal message (50 to 10,000 characters allowed)

3.Upload image: please upload a cover image to your journal entry (maximum size 500MB), any personal image that is representative of your journal. We want to remind you that our general rules for uploaded content apply.

4. Tags: enter tags that describe your entry, so that it can be found across all of the modules (forum, gallery, articles, reviews, etc.)

5. Location: enter the location of a venue, an event, etc. to display a link to Google Maps in the sidebar

6. Description: this is optional, add a concise summary to your entry.

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7. Publication time: publish your entry immediately or at a later time (enter hours, minutes as well as the time zone)

8. Display About Author: display or hide the "About Author" field.

9. Comments: allow or disallow other members to comment on your blog entry.

10. Meta description: you can disregard this field; use it if you would like search engines to use your journal entry description. Nowadays, meta tags are no longer relevant for most search engines.

11. Create Entry: click to publish your journal entry, hopefully, the first of many.

More to follow. :)
 
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A few more remarks on the usage of journals:

  1. General questions and requests should be posted to the appropriate section of the forum, not to the journals. So far, we have removed dozens of language-related questions and blog entries from members looking for lost Japanese relatives or friends. While the journals do have the functionality to convert journal entries into forum threads, we'd rather you post to the correct section from the start.
  2. Journals vs. forum posts: use the journals for online diaries, personal thoughts on particular topics, ongoing projects, hobby-related activities, etc. Use the forum to post questions or topics you would like to discuss with other members. You can leave comments on journals; if however, you intend to trigger a discussion, please post your message to the forum.
  3. Journal topics: not necessarily Japan-related, although definitely preferred.
  4. Please upload cover images to your journal and your journal entries.
  5. Our Terms of Service and Rules are applicable to journals and journal entries as well.
Thanks! We are looking forward to reading your entries and hope that our veteran members will start sharing their experiences through blogging too. :geek:
 
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