Using the Blog at a Glance

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Using the Blog at a Glance

By: grabitsdm | February 12, 2008
The following user guide will help you get more out of your blogging experience.

Creating a new account

You do not have to register to add a comment; however by registering, your comments (after your first comment) will appear directly without waiting for approval.

  • To create an account scroll down to the "Login or Register" section in the right hand menu and select "Register"

  • On the next Screen, enter a username and an e-mail address click "Register"

  • Go to your email addresses inbox and retrieve the automatically generated password.

  • To log in, go back to Local History Blog and enter password and your username on the Login page. Click "Login"

  • You should be forwarded to a Profile and Personal Options page. There you can add your real name, personal or organization's web site address, Instant Message ID, biographical information and most important, change your password.

  • Note: If you forget your password, the website gives you the option of having it sent to your e-mail address so you can retrieve it.

  • The page also gives you the option of selecting what public profile name you wish to appear with your comments. Be aware that you first have to add your First/Last Name and Nickname and save the profile before you will be able to select them to use as your public profile name.

Leaving a comment

  • You now have the option of not only commenting on the post, but also commenting on other people's comments.

  • You have the option of being notified of follow up comments via e-mail.


In addition to several anti-spam features, the blog now is protected by the service, "reCaptcha".

  • Before anyone can leave a comment, they have to verify they are human (as opposed to a spambot) by entering the two words (with the space) shown to them.

  • The service also provides an audio verification method for those unable to see the words.

  • If the words are unreadable you can click the refresh/recycle symbol to get a new verification challenge.