Tonight we are announcing the release of a brand new feature we are calling "Related Blogs" which allows two different bloggers to link together blogs that they have each individually published that are in some way related to each other.
The concept behind this new feature is one of allowing bloggers who are inspired by a blog that they have read (and which somebody else published) to create a blog of their own about the same topic and than request of the original blog author the ability to link together the two blogs.
Say for example, you are reading a blog written by @abelajohnb+ (John Abela) (the owner of ChristianBlog.Com) and it inspires you to write you own blog on something he mentioned within his blog. Once you have published your blog you can revisit his blog and go through a very short process to request that your blog be listed within his blog as a "Related Blog". Should you do so and should he approve your blog than your blog will be displayed at the bottom of his blog - along with any other blogs that other blogs have written and gone through the process of relating their blogs.
This provides a whole new level for ChristianBlog.Com Bloggers to be able to acknowledge each other when one blogger inspires another blogger!
How It Works - Screenshots:
Here are some screenshots of how this feature works:
In the below screenshot you are able to see the new button that is located on the bottom of the "blog comment" section of every blog. It is located just below where you would normally type your blog comment.
In this next screenshot we see an example of how the Request Form would appear to @abelajohnb+ (John Abela) if he was going to request that his blog be listed as a Related Blog to blog already published by @kreynolds+
In this last screenshot we are able to see how the original blog would be displaying "Related Blogs" that have been approved as Related Blogs by the original blog author.
(click the image to see a larger view)
Approval, Denial, Reporting:
When a blogger submits a request that their blog be listed as a "Related Blog" to another bloggers blog, the original author (whoever they are asking) will receive an email letting them know that somebody has requested that their blogs be linked together. Within the email are instructions on how to proceed with either approving or denying the request.
Once at the ChristianBlog.Com website they are provided three options: (1) The ability to approve the blog and have it listed as a "Related Blog", (2) to deny the requested blog from being linked together, or (3) report the request to ChristianBlog.Com
When the blog is approved the requested Related Blog will be listed within on the original blogs page. An email will be sent to the person who requested the blogs be linked together letting them know that the request was approved.
When the blog is denied an email will be sent to the person who requested the blogs be linked together letting them know that the request was approved.
If the blogger receiving the request feels that the request was totally uncalled for they are allowed the ability to submit a standard website Report against the blog request. When this happens (as does any Report that ChristianBlog.Com receives) the matter will be looked into by ChristianBlog.Com and determine if actions need to be taken. Continued Reports against a blogger requesting blogs be linked together will face repercussions as they would any other website Reports being filed against them.
Access & Availability:
Please note that you are unable to relate your own blogs together. The reason for this is it makes more sense to utilize the Series feature for such matter.
Also please note that this feature is only available to Pledge Partners. The reason for this is that we consider this an "advanced blogging feature" and it falls under the standard proceeds we have to reserve the advanced blogging features of the website to those who are willing to finally support the ChristianBlog.Com website by becoming Pledge Partners.
This feature has been under development for a rather long time (many many months) and has undergone a number of changes along the way as we received feedback from our members.
Our goal with this feature is to eventually expand it and allow it to be used in many different ways. For now we are going to try to keep the usage of this feature focused rather narrow, but we are very much looking forward to suggestions from our members on how to expand this feature into other aspects of our website in the future. Should you have ideas and suggestions please feel free to post them and they will be considered.
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