The Seneschal’s Spotlight will be a monthly feature that highlights an aspect of the Barony and its people.
As some of you already know, we have an online Blog called “Stórfréttir” (“breaking news” in Icelandic) as part of our website. It was the centerpiece of Ishiyama’s time as Webminister and made its debut about two years ago. Since then, there have been many efforts to make it more useful to everyone . As part of that, I want to share some helpful information about how you can use and/or contribute to it by doing a little Q&A.
Who can have an account to post to Stórfréttir?
Officers, heads of a Guild, or Deputy Officers are the only ones who may have a login to post to Stórfréttir.
If I can’t have a login, but I’d like to:
1. Post about an event
2. Share something that I’ve learned.
3. Would like to contribute an article about an event I recently attended.
4. Share documentation or a class handout that I created so that people may use it.
..or something else that would benefit the Barony by seeing it. How do I get that posted to Stórfréttir?
You can send it to the Webminister or any Officer and ask for them to post it for you.
Does Stórfréttir replace the Althing?
No. Stórfréttir is another way to share information and announcements. It was not created to replace the Althing and does not intend to replace the Althing.
I’m not super technically literate and I’m a little intimidated by the idea of learning how to use the WordPress interface to post to Stórfréttir.
No worries, the interface is pretty intuitive, there are multiple people that can walk you through the process, and there is always the option of having someone else post for you.
When I am posting an announcement or other information, I have to cut and paste it on multiple platforms. Isn’t Stórfréttir yet another place I have to cut and paste information to?
Anything posted to Stórfréttir will automatically appear on the BMDL Announcements Facebook Page, BMDL Twitter Account, the Baronial email list, and the BMDL Announcements G+ Page. The only group it does not automatically publish to is the BMDL Populace Discussion Group on Facebook. This means that you can post it once to Stórfréttir and then paste the URL to the entry onto the Populace Discussion Group. That’s two places, rather than four.
There’s also a really cool thing available to guilds who post to Stórfréttir – in the media folder that is available to everyone with a login – Kameshima has created personalized badges for all of the BMDL’s guilds. Here are just a couple —
For the BMDL Choir:
For the BMDL Fiber Arts Guild:
I hope that this has answered the big questions and that you will consider submitting something to share on Stórfréttir or including Stórfréttir in how you make announcements about your guild/practice/meeting/etc.