New to the Site? How to Find Your Way Around BlogBourne

BlogBourne is a new site, and it’s still in Beta mode while everyone is getting settled in here. I think many of us will find that it’s pretty easy to navigate. And a lot of our questions have been anticipated before we arrived here to write.

But, as with any new writing site, there are bound to be some growing pains. The site is still growing in terms of membership, content, and even some features that will be added by the owner to improve everyone’s experience. And it’s understandable that sometimes we won’t be able to find the information we need on the first try.

My friend Daisy (@purpledaisy56) has written a great post asking questions about BlogBourne and making suggestions for little things that would improve the site. This post is my answer to what Daisy said in hers. I’m not an official of BlogBourne: this is just my way of helping out a friend.

1) Who Is the Site Owner?

Well Daisy, the site owner is @opledulnuan, or Mike Ople Dulnuan. He is the sole owner and also looks after the programming and just the overall technical aspect of the site. Mike keeps the site running smoothly and resolves technical issues as they arise. Mike is assisted by an editorial team that, at the moment, consists of me and John, aka @iwrite.

Ople (aka “Mike”) is pretty quick to respond to questions and he has made it known that if ever an explanation isn’t clear, he’s happy to elaborate more as needed. Watch for his posts too, because he writes about how the site works and about how BlogBourne will be different from other writing sites. If you have a question for Mike, you can use the contact form (see the “Help” menu in the left sidebar) or you can ask it in the “Questions and Clarifications” section of the the “Support” forum. To get the latest site news, check out the “News About BlogBourne” forum.

2) Getting the Word Count for Posts

Word count isn’t an issue for me because I always write my posts offline using a free word processor called LibreOffice. But I agree that it would be helpful to see the word count in the submit form. In the meantime, if you need a way to check the length of your posts, 400 words are about 4-5 paragraphs of moderate length. You can verify the exact count on sites like Word Counter, which also doubles as a word processor and a keyword density checker. This is a handy tool for writing your posts and optimizing for SEO!

3) Featured Image Size

The featured image, also called the cover photo, goes at the top of every post. It also gets used, in a smaller size, as the thumbnail for your post when it displays on the front page of the site. In your post, the title will display against a background of your featured image. So try to avoid images that are overly busy, that have text in them. or that have a pale or white background. All of these tend to look less attractive with the white title overlay.

For your featured image, you want to choose a photo that is in the landscape orientation, or horizontal. That means it should be wider than it is tall. This is important because vertical images often get cut off when used as a feature image. The cover image size for our profile pages is mentioned as, “larger than 625px wide, and 225px tall,” and when I first started posting on BlogBourne I just used that as my guideline for the featured images because they both display over pretty much the same area. Remember that images tend to get cropped or stretched if they don’t fit exactly. So it’s best to save your post as a draft, and then preview it from the drafts tab to see whether the photo or graphic you’ve chosen displays how you want it to.

Remember that images tend to get cropped or stretched if they don’t fit exactly. So it’s best to save your post as a draft, and then preview it from the drafts tab to see whether the photo or graphic you’ve chosen displays how you want it to. I like to use actual landscapes, still life images, and so on, rather than images of people or animals in my featured image. If part of a flower or a mountain range is cut off in the display, it can still look just fine. But if you’re only seeing a person from the neck down or you’ve got a puppy who’s missing his head, it isn’t exactly the most attractive header for your post!

I’ve been using Pixabay photos for most of my featured images, and that generally works out quite well for me. Just to be on the safe side, I choose the medium or large images rather than the small ones that I use for other writing tasks. These tend to be around 900-1200 pixels wide and that seems to be plenty big enough. I’ve also been using Canva to create images that are optimized for Pinterest. These I insert into the body of the post. They are 735 px wide x 1102 px tall. They are displaying just fine in the body of the posts and I have no trouble at all inserting them. You cam add images anywhere in the body of your post, but remember to use the left or right alignment options if you want the text to wrap around your images.

4) Why the Excerpt?

I already answered this in my comment on your post but I thought it was a good idea to explain here too. I’m sure you aren’t the only one wondering about this! The excerpt is a short post summary of no more than 30 words. So don’t worry that you have to write a lot more once your post is done! Try to find a sentence or two that gives the prospective reader a basic idea what your post is about. If you’re not inspired to write more text, you can try to find a sentence or two from the body of your post that acts as a good summary.

The excerpt will be used when your post shows up on a search engine results page and when it gets shared to some social networks like Facebook or Google+. It helps the search engines figure out what the post is about, and it helps human readers decide if it’s what they’re looking for. Having an excerpt is important for SEO. I hope you’ll find that once you’ve written a few posts, it just becomes second nature to add one.

5) How Much are Coins Worth?

The reason there isn’t a table to convert coins to dollars is that the value of a coin is variable. The way John originally explained to me is that the site revenues will be tallied up after each month’s revenues come in. First, the site will take 50% for operating expenses and improvements. The other 50% is the revenue share the members will divide amongst ourselves.

Mike will calculate the value of each coin by looking at how much money is in the revenue share and how many coins were awarded. Once he has that value, he’ll post it so everyone can see it. Right now, there isn’t any official value for the coins because the site is brand new. We have to be patient for a month or two before any payments can be calculated or issued.

You can see more info on how the payments will work on the FAQ page.

I hope that I did a good job of answering those questions for you, Daisy! I’m sure Mike will have more to say, as well. But I think it’s good that we can share the things we’ve learned in our own explorations. Happy blogging!


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    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      Thanks so much, Edith! I do hope the newbies will find it useful. There are also some really great posts by @iwrite that newbies and veteran bloggers should check out 🙂

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      You know, @swalia, I really was on a writing spree yesterday! It felt so good to have a new site that I wanted to believe in. And the posts were a pleasure to write 🙂

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      Aw, I’m glad you found my answers helpful Daisy! If you click on the word “BlogBourne” in the menu at the left, you will go to the home page. Is that the sort of page you meant, or is there something that would help make navigation even easier for you?

  1. John

    This is awesome!. As usual, sharing this blog (see Earning Table) is potentially earning, Kyla and we all earn of course by doing it!

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      I love that we all earn by sharing the posts. And the person who shares gets to earn twice, really. Because we earn first when the link is shared and then later, when visitors come to the site through our links 🙂

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      I’m glad you found the information helpful, Shohana. There is lots of good info in the Support forum too 🙂

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      The site owner will post the value of the coins once the advertising revenues are received. He has explained that the value will remain the same for a month and during that month, the price in coins for specific rewards like a $10 PayPal transfer will be posted. I believe if you look at the “Market” page. all the info will go there.

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      Yes, I noticed that the loading time for BlogBourne is very good! It’s nice to be able to navigate easily, after so many issues on other sites.

  2. Deb Jones

    I’ve been using the trial-and-error method to find my way around. Having tips such as the ones you’ve presented here are helpful.

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      I did pretty much the same thing, Deb! But I figure it’s best to share what I’ve learned, and save others from having to search. No need for each of us to reinvent the wheel!

  3. Lee Ka

    I am glad I have found the posts you shared in Google+, they certainly help a lot before I started to explore this site. I like the web design and the navigation so far. I will slowly figure out how it works by walking around and also reading the posts. Thanks for sharing all the good information, as usual! 🙂

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      I’m glad those G+ shares are getting noticed! I’m sure you’ll find your way around soon, Lee Ka. And I look forward to a lively forum, with you and Peachy and Grecy, and many others here to talk to 😀

  4. Jamie Tan

    I’m new to Blogbourne (not more than 10 minutes, in fact!) and this was an extremely helpful read. Kudos to you! Btw I remember you from Bubblews =)

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      It’s great to be remembered! That means I’m doing my job 🙂

      I’m also a member of the staff here at BlogBourne. So if you need any help, just sing out!

  5. Sandy KS

    Thank you for taking the time to explain all of this. It does answer many questions I have had. As I was having a few issues with the feature image size. I do like to take and use my own photos when available. Now I know what size they need to be to use them. Otherwise I will stick with Pixabay for the features image.

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne Post author

      @rusty2rusty If your images are very detailed or if they’re vertical, it might work better to put them in the body of a post. You can always create something geometric or use a landscape or a photo of some flowers, or some such, if you need an image for the cover pic and can’t decide on one that works. There are also some decent photos and graphics on Pixabay that work well in the featured image spot. Try to download the medium or large sizes, to minimize the distortion.

  6. Tania K Cowling

    As a newbie, I’m going back and reading old posts to see how BB works. Thanks for your informative article.

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