Merry Christmas!

For all those who celebrate Christmas, may we wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. With any luck, 2013 will see us getting on top of the spam blog problem and able to open the door to new subscribers again!

Thanks for all your support during 2012, and for your support during the software switchover. We look forward to more new and exciting stuff in 2013 – because clearly the Mayans were wrong :-)

And if you celebrate something other than Christmas at this time of year, Seasons Greetings for that too!

New Users Note

If your diary exists and contains links to businesses, and appears to have been setup purely for business purposes, it’s not welcome here.

This is a diary site. Not a blog site. It’s intention is for you to chronicle your daily life and let others share your experiences.

I don’t know how to be any clearer. If you reason for using this site is to promote your business then you’ve chosen the wrong place.

Your ‘diary’ will be deleted if this is the case. You have been warned. You will also be marked as a ‘splogger’ which reduces your chances of being able to sign up anywhere else too. So do yourself a favour, and don’t come here to promote your business.

Preview Mode

I have been working on something behind the scenes that I suspect some of you will find rather useful…

It’s called Preview Mode. What it means is that you can switch Preview Mode on and any changes you make on your diary will NOT be visible to your visitors. So you can play around with layouts, add pages, change menus, change plugins, change widgets etc all to your hearts content and no-one will be any the wiser.

Once you’re finished switch Preview Mode off. Depending on the choice in the tickbox that says ‘Save Changes’ your changes will either be saved (and become visible to everyone) or discarded.

I’ve also added this plugin to CodeCanyon, so if you run your own WordPress powered site somewhere else and want to buy it (and in the process help support DearDiary.Net) then you can do that by going to the Out Of Sight Editor sales page at CodeCanyon

New Menu Option

The keen eyed among you will have noticed the slight change to the menu system at the top of the DearDiary Homepage (the one to the right of the large DearDiary.Net text). It’s changed because I wanted to add another menu, called Others. This is a drop down menu item, with (currently) 2 child menus, those being ‘Updates within last day’ and ‘Updates within last week’.

Selecting one of those items will show you updates from all the other diaries on the site that fall within the selected timescale. If a diary has multiple updates within the timescales, only the very latest one will be shown (this is to keep server load at a minimum).

The formatting of the list is not ideal at present, but it’s a start :-)

New Forum Added

The astute among you – and those who don’t visit the DearDiary Homepage, probably should once in a while :-) – will have noticed a new menu option on the front page, or indeed any page of this diary, notably ‘Forum’

Yes, I have introduced a discussion forum to the system. Your normal login name will work, and you can post and view any of the forums. At some point there may be private / Supporter only forums added but at this point I can’t see much point.

So, if you wanna chat with each other about ‘stuff’ – visit the forum! Let me know if you want any other forum groups added!