How to use this blog

August 31, 2008

This blog is meant to replace the old email newsletter system that my mom (Carol Buckley Harty) has been / is still using.  I thought it would help her not consume sooo much of her life creating mailings every day, and would be better than the mass email for a variety of reasons.  The most notable improvement would be that people could have ongoing discussions about old topics and those old topics would automatically get popped to the top of the list of things to see.  But I wanted to retain a certain amount of control for my Mom, as she is completely OCD when it comes to doing her newsletters just so.  With that in mind, here’s how it should probably work in the future:

Let’s say, for the example’s sake, that one you newsletter subscribers has some bit of news that you want to share with all the other classmates – perhaps a child’s engagement to be married and a few pictures.   Here’s what you do:  email Mom at nnhs65@yahoo.com.  Exactly like you would do to get it posted in a newsletter.  Now, instead of making a newsletter, Mom will take your news and create a new post at the blog.  All your classmates will see that there is a new post in the recent posts section right on the front page of the blog.  Then they, Mom, and you, will be able to post comments on the new post, such as “ooh isn’t she pretty in the picture with them kissing on the bridge!” and so on.

Any post that receives a new comment will be highlighted under the “Recent Comments” section on the front page – even if the original post labeled “Coach Conn” (for example) was first put on the blog 3 1/2 years ago.

In other words, the news blog gives the subscribers to the website new power to comment instantly on new discussion items, and see what everyone else is saying, while still retaining the ability to look through older posts (easier than ever with a nice search function, I might add) and also retaining Mom’s obsessive need to manage the original posts and format the text and pictures of the original poster, just how she wants to.

Happy Blogging!

Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL – ’02) of MA – 06/01/08


One comment

  1. It is with great sadness that I report that my father, John A. (Scooter) Huller passed away on July 29, 2009.

    NNHS was a cherished part of his life and he spoke often of his days as an educator and the quality of the school and his many friends, students, and colleagues.

    Best regards,

    Dave Huller

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