Thursday, September 3, 2009

Guided Tour of Our New Blog

Welcome to the new Home of the Alvirne Music Program. This is a Blog-based site that functions differently than other websites that you may be typically used to. Why is it different?

A blog (a contraction of the term "weblog") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

Our blog provides information, commentary, and news on the Alvirne Music Program. This blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to Alvirne Music. We will have the ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format and will be an important part of our blog.

Along with the blog we also have a Photo site and YouTube site.

Now on to our grand tour of our "blog's" capabilities. Please take into consideration that this is new and you may discover "bugs" that we continue to monitor and correct.

Posts - Our entries or "posts" are displayed is reverse-chronological order which means the newest posts are on the top and become older as they are listed down the page. This is the most important concept for you to understand as you visit our site. The posts will contain subject matter from all areas of the Music Program. There will be several authors to this blog as it matures.

On the front page each post in summarized and to read it in its entirety, click the read more.

As this blog grows and posts increase, all posts will not be displayed on the front page, but they are not gone, they have been archived. You can still read them by finding them through Categories, Search, or Article Archive.

Top Navigation Bar - These links will display all the posts for that category, i.e, by clicking on Instrumental, all posts that have been labeled Instrumental will be listed for your reading pleasure.

Search - Looking for something specific on our blog, type your search in the box and hit return. All posts with your search will be displayed.

RSS Feed - Feeds are a way for our blog to distribute our content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email. Feeds also make it possible for site content to be packaged into "widgets," "gadgets," mobile devices, and other bite-sized technologies that make it possible to display blogs, podcasts, and major news/sports/weather/whatever headlines just about anywhere.

Spotlight - This will notify you of important item of interest.

Categories - This is a list of all the subject matter we have on this blog. These Categories are the easiest way to navigate the blog. All blog posts belong to a minimum of one and many belong to several categories. If you would like to return to reading all of the posts, click on All Posts in the menu.

Music Program Calender - This is a condensed listing of up-and-coming activities. There is also a Schedule category that displays the Calender in all its glory.

Our Featured Video - This displays a selected video for your viewing pleasure and also links to our YouTube site.

Our Latest Photos - This displays the latest photos that have been upload to our Picasa photo site and contains a link for viewing many others.

Mr. Bastien's Blog - Do you want to get know what's really, really, really going on and get a glimpse into that "interesting" mind of his? Get it from the "man" himself. His own personal blog.
Photo and Video Sites - This has the links to our YouTube Video and Picasa Photo sites and will also have links to websites that may be of interest to all.

Documents and Forms - This is a list of Music Program Documents for you to read, download, and print.

Alvirne Music Discussion Group - This is a place for everyone to start discussions to help themselves and others.

Our Recent Performances - This displays the latest videos that have been uploaded to YouTube and contains a link for viewing many others.

Followers - Show your support and be a follower. Let us know you are there!

Recent Posts - A listing of the latest posts.

Recent Comments - A listing of the latest comments.

Read of all of this and still have a problem, send me an email.