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  ChristianBlog.Com Announcement

This is a Series of blogs featuring major announcement about the ChristianBlog.Com website.

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Blog comment approval
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Today ChristianBlog.Com is amazingly happy to announce that we are rolling out a new feature called the "Blog Comment Approval" feature, which is a feature that will allow our Pledge Partners the ability to select an option that will allow them the ability to approve or deny each and every comment added to the blogs that they activate this new feature on. ChristianBlog.Com is designed so that any blogger logged into the website can post comments. We believe that this gives the greatest level of freedom. If, however, you desire to have your blogs not automatically have comments made public than you can activate this feature that will allow comments to be written/created but they will not automatically be published (viewable) within your blog. Rather......
Discontinuation of non-official cb groups
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, In January of 2011 we announced that we were shutting down all of the existing CB Groups with the exception of the two official Groups and three individual Groups which were overseen, monitored, and managed by volunteer members of the ChristianBlog.Com website. Over the last 12 months we have continued to monitor those three Groups that we allowed to remain to ensure that they were being utilized by the CB Community at large. Each of the three non-official Groups have received sporadic usage here and there over the last year but none of them have remained active on a daily basis - or even a weekly basis. Sadly, sometimes the three Groups would go many weeks without being used. Effective immediately ChristianBlog.Com Services has shut down those three......
Christianblog.com becomes an all paid website
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, There are exciting things happening here at ChristianBlog.Com and we wanted to take a few moments to share with you some of these amazing events. ChristianBlog.Com is growing at a tremendous pace. Many people for many years have been saying that blogging is dead. Here at ChristianBlog.Com we say that blogging is still alive and doing amazingly well. It has opened doors to the 2 billion Christians around the world to share their faith with the rest of the five billion people on the planet. There is no other Christian-based Blog Service Provider on the planet that is as big as ChristianBlog.Com is and has more blogs published every month than what we do here at the ChristianBlog.Com website. We just recently passed the 31,000 blog mark. Those 31 thousand blogs......
Feature announcement: allow or disable blog comments
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Greetings Bloggers, ChristianBlog.Com is excited to announce a new feature that will allow blog authors the ability to disable comments from being posted within their blogs. This is yet another enhancement to our already amazing list of features that control blog privacy - including already existing features such as the very powerful Blog Comment Approval feature which allows bloggers the ability to approve all comments before they are made public, or our "Blog Privacy" feature which allows bloggers to make their blogs only viewable to friends or fellow bloggers within the ChristianBlog.Com website. This new feature is very easy to use. When you create a new blog, or if you go back and want to edit your already published blogs, you will see a new option called "Allow......
Blog tags return!
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Greetings Bloggers, Today we are announcing the return of Blog Tags to the Christian Blog website! Blog tags are type of quasi-categories, but short and to the point. A blogger can, over time, develop a dozen or more unique blog tags that create a powerful way that can drive a lot of people to different blogs that you publish about a given topic. They can be thought of as a non-hierarchical series, keywords, or a quasi-category system, that each individual blogger develops on their own and which are specific to just their own published blogs. Each tag will be linked to a specific page that shows a list of all of the blogs that you have marked using each specific tag. As a result of this you should be use very specific tags rather than very generic tags. ChristianBlog.Com use to have blog......
Initial 60-day trail for long term bloggers is almost up. need help?
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, We are only five days away from our initial 60-day trail membership from coming to its limit, which means the vast majority of our bloggers only have a few days left to become full paying members. We would like to thank all of those who have already stepped forward and have become full paying members and thereby helped us to continue to meet the goals of ChristianBlog.Com becoming an all paid website. As we mentioned within our All Paid Website Announcement we would be offering a limited amount of free/gifted memberships to those that are active bloggers and yet are unable to become paying members. Free/Gifted Membership For the past few years ChristianBlog.Com has offered a small handful of free Pledge Partner level memberships to those who had reached their......
New feature: social networks
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Greetings Bloggers, Today we have released a new feature that will allow bloggers the ability to add other social websites and services to their profile page. What this feature does is allow you to include your usersname, or users identification, of other social websites, and than have a link to those other social websites and services displayed on your profile. See the profile page of @abela for a full example of how this feature looks and works. For our initial release of this feature we are providing the ability to link the following social websites and services to your profile: Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, Pinterest, Tagged, Lastfm, Myspace, MyHeritage, FourSquare, Delicious, Flixster, Cafemom, Skype. This makes up approximately 85-90% of the largest......
Prayer requests have returned!
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Greetings Bloggers, We wanted to let all of our bloggers know that we have brought back the "Prayer Requests" feature of the ChristianBlog.Com website! This has been an unexpected decision to return the Prayer Requests feature back to the website but there were a lot more reasons for not bringing it back then there were for not bringing it back. The biggest reason being that prayer is important, and as a ministry this website needs prayer and we know that those who are a part of this ministry need prayer. What more reason does there need to be. We would like to say a lot of thought went into the design and development of our new prayer requests feature... but the honest truth is, it only took us about five hours to put it all together, and to test it, and to fix some mistakes we......
Merry christmas & holiday vacation
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Greetings All. Well I decided this morning that today was going to be the last day that I work for the rest of the year. I am going to take the next two weeks off and try to relax and enjoy the Christmas season. My father will be visiting the week after Christmas, so that will be a few special days for me. I might get in a few hours here and there working on some minor things if I truly get bored, and I will still be taking care of any technical support issues that come in, as well as upgrading/downgrading accounts, and resolving any website reports that are received. I know I said I wanted to get the entire website switched over to the All Paid Website by years end, and I am sorry for breaking that goal I set, but I am sure most of you out there understand the reasons why I am taking the......
Updates to the christianblog.com services, 2013
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All of us here at ChristianBlog.Com wish you a blessed 2013! The following changes have taken place over the last few hours, as we have ushered in the 2013 new year. Please carefully review the following listed changes as some of the changes apply for some of our bloggers, and some of the changes apply for all of our bloggers. Personal Contact Information: On July 16, 2009 ChristianBlog.Com introduced the "Personal Contact Information" feature to our website. The "PCI" as it became known was the most secure means of allowing two people to share personal contact information with each other. It has continued to be one of the most secure means of doing so anywhere on the internet. The feature was originally created because our website was made up of minors and adults, and......
Upload photos directly to cb for use in blogs
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Christian Blog is happy to announce that we have activated the "Upload Photos Directly To CB For Use In Blogs" feature for all Tier 3 bloggers! This is a very awesome feature that allows our bloggers to be able to upload photographs and images, from their local computers, to the ChristianBlog.Com website for use within blogs, the wall, and other locations within the ChristianBlog.Com website. If you are a Tier 3 blogger you should see a new "Media" link at the top of the website, within the lower navigation bar. Simply press this "Media" link and you will be taken to a page that will allow you to upload your photographs, see how much storage space you are using, and a list of all of your uploaded photographs along with links to be able to include within your......
Christianblog.com tests dyslexic friendly font
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Greetings Bloggers, Today ChristianBlog.Com is very excited to announce that we have put into place a new feature that will allow those who struggle with dyslexia the ability to be able to hopefully read blogs using a dyslexic friendly font. This is part of an on-going set of new features that ChristianBlog.Com is adding to our services to better help with reading blogs. We highly value feedback from anybody who is in need of this new dyslexia feature on whether you find that it helps or if it does not help. To access this new feature please visit the Use A Dyslexic Friendly Font section of your Account. At this time, when enabled, this will only update the actual blog text. It does not yet presently update blog comments nor any other section of our website. If the feedback that we......
New inappropriate word filter being implemented
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Over the last 72 hours we have been rolling out a new system to attempt to censor out inappropriate words within the ChristianBlog.Com website. We have been using the same bad word system since we started the website nearly 8 years ago and it has started to show its age. We have recently developed a whole new system and have been getting it added throughout the website over the last three days. As of this time both of the systems are turned on until we are confident that our new filter will work far better than our existing filter does. All tests indicate that is capable of being a much more aggressive filter at detecting words that are not appropriate for a Christian website. We would like to point out that we are checking for hundreds of bad words (our list......
Removal of blog privacy option
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Greetings Bloggers, In our continued effort to make the ChristianBlog.Com blog publishing process as simple and streamlined as possible, to reduce the overall complexity of our website, and because we have a lot of features that are almost never used - and some that are never used - over the course of the next few weeks ChristianBlog.Com will be removing a number of features from our website. The first that will be removed is the 'Blog Privacy' option. This was a feature designed to allow bloggers to make their blogs viewable to (1) the entire world, (2) just their friends, or (3) just fellow CB bloggers. In looking at the usage of this feature we have realized that it is simply not being used by enough of our bloggers to justify keeping it around and adding to the overall......
Updates to cb, january 30, 2013
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Greetings Bloggers, Two announcements for today. The first is that we have added a new set of options for limiting the display of blogs on the home page. You can access this new feature by going to your Signin Settings page. What this new feature does is allow you to select if you want all of the blogs to be displayed (how it has always been) or if you would like to display only those blogs that have been published within the previous 24 hours, or if you would like to display only those blogs published since the last time you signed into the website. This has been a feature requested by a number of our very active bloggers to help them limit the amount of blogs that are displayed each time that they sign into the website throughout the day. The second change is that we have changed the......
New security feature: account signin history
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Greetings Bloggers, We have just turned on a new security feature that will allow all of our bloggers to be able to see a history of when they have signed into the ChristianBlog website. This new security feature will allow to to monitor and be aware if your account is being accessed by somebody other than yourself. Each time you sign into the website we log information about your internet connection (all websites do this) and we felt it was worth putting together this information into a format that all of our bloggers could see, to be able to make sure that their accounts are secure. The information we are displaying is the exact date and time that you signed into the CB website, your ip address, your city and country. In this screenshot below you can see a brief example of the account......
Update on status of website outages
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Greetings Bloggers, Over the last 24 hours the ChristianBlog.Com Services have suffered some down-time and other issues related to the down-time. The primary cause of this was a backup power generator that failed at a very bad time. Our primary server (a computer websites run on) is based out of Chicago and the company has redundant hardware (batteries and power generators) but unfortunately the local power company in Chicago had power outages that went well beyond what our batteries are capable of keeping power to our Server. The power going out would not normally be a problem as the generators are there to power the batteries when they get low. But in this case, the power went out, the batteries ran out, and the generator blew a hose - and the combination of such resulted in the server......
Service updates: march 2013
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Greetings Bloggers, A few Service updates for March 2013. First up is that we have redesigned our visitor home page. This change came about in order to better improve the design of the home page and to resolve issues associated with the automated selection of which blogs to display. One very important aspect of this change that will effect all of our bloggers is that the very first requirement to help your own blogs get listed on the visitor home page is to add a blog photograph to your blogs - the second step when creating a new blog. We are specifically looking for blogs that have photographs that are at least 200 pixels in width. An easy way to accomplish this is to use this flickr search page to help in your search for photographs to use - just be sure to give the photographer due......
Donations still accepted
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Greetings Bloggers, We wanted to take a moment and let all of our bloggers know that ChristianBlog.Com is still accepting donations. We have heard from some of our long time bloggers asking if we are still accepting donations now that we have become an all paid website, and the answer to that is yes, very much so! Donations, since the start of the ChristianBlog.Com website, eight years ago, has been the primary means of helping us cover our monthly costs. We knew that by going to an all paid website we would not be able to generate enough funds to cover all of our monthly bills for a fair amount of time. At our current rate of growth (financially supporting bloggers) we are looking at a minimum of 15 months before we even remotely come close to our costs - as they exist today. This still......
Usersnames pseudonyms & real names - a new approach
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Greetings Bloggers, Effective today, May 01, 2013, the ChristianBlog.Com website is now automatically displaying the first and last name of all new bloggers throughout the website, rather than displaying a bloggers pseudonym. All existing accounts will continue to display the bloggers username/pseudonym unless the blogger has set their account to display their name. We do encourage our bloggers to make the switch to displaying your real name, but at this point in time we are not enforcing it across all accounts. This change of the default display of a bloggers full name is a result of numerous laws being passed, and attempting to get passed, in nations throughout the world. While ChristianBlog.Com is governed by the laws of the USA, because we have members in nations outside of the USA we......
Personal monetization now available!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, ChristianBlog.Com is excited to announce that we are now releasing the ability for Tier 3 members to add monetization to your blogs and your profile page. Account Monetization is a feature that allows you to monetize your account within the ChristianBlog.Com website through the use of third-party companies that the ChristianBlog.Com Services tie into. We offer the ability to place monetization features within your blogs and profile. At time of launch we are offering monetization via the extreamly popular Flattr system, which allows other Flattr members to send you 'micro payments' (or even 'one-time payments') by simply clicking on a button that will be added to all of your blogs and your profile page. You will, of course, need to be a......
Recommend by mistake
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, We LOVE the "Recommend This Blog" feature here at ChristianBlog.Com! But we also know there are times when your mouse and finger get a bit twitchy and you might click the link by mistake. So starting this morning you can now mark your Blog Recommendation as a mistaken recommendation. When you click on the "Recommend this blog" link, if you find that you do so inadvertently, you will now see a link entitled "Recommend by mistake?". If you press on that link you will mark your recommendation as a mistake and it will cause your recommendation for the given blog to no longer display as a recommendation. This feature has been added as a result of ChristianBlog.Com receiving feedback from our members. If you have ideas or feature......
Discontinuing google advertisements
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Greetings Bloggers, Effective today, July 20 2013, the ChristianBlog.Com will no long be presenting Google based advertisements within our website. New laws that have come into effect have caused us to re-evaluate using advertisements as a means of financially off-setting some of our monthly expenses. Sadly, this change will result in the ChristianBlog.Com ministry loosing one of our most important means of cash flow. It will take us about a dozen new monthly subscribers to make up for the difference in lost cash flow, taking us further into the negative status of our monthly budgets. We would invite all of our bloggers that are not yet full paying bloggers to become a supporting blogger to help us continue on the ChristianBlog.Com ministry. Like every ministry, ChristianBlog.Com requires......
New contact form for quickly sending your friends private messages
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, We have just released a new page that will allow you to quickly and easily send a private message to one of your friends! Previously you would have to hunt down your friends profile page and click a link which would than take you to a form where you would compose and send your message. This new page allows you to simply go to your "Messages" (the link is always at the top of the website) and click the new "Start A New Message" link. Once you are on the new page just scroll down your list of friends and select who you want to send the private message too. Multi-friend Messages: We get this request a lot, but we are still not willing to allow bloggers to send a private message to a bunch of different people at once, even if the different......
New blog editor!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Today we are excited to announce that ChristianBlog.Com is introducing a brand new blog editor! This new blog editor, the tool used to created (and edit) your blogs, has been in the works for the better part of 2013, and it will allow our bloggers to create beautiful and rich blogs, unlike any that they have done before! It features a very easy to use new interface with great looking icons for bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, and even sub and sup text! Gone are the days of clicking a button and typing your text into a small pop-up window! Now just type your blog, highlight the text you want to style, and press a button! (you can also press: ctrl+b/i/u for the corresponding styles!) You can now align text to the center and right, easily created numbered......
New feature: blog introductions
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Earlier today we introduced a new feature called "Blog Introductions" to our new blog editor. Blog Introductions are a one-sentence introduction about your blog. Blog Introductions are a required field, meaning you will have to fill out the Blog Introductions field when you are publishing a new blog. These have also been known as snippets, one-liners, and other terms over the course of time - we just prefer to call them "Introductions" because they are what introduce your blog to viewers. If you feel like this new required field is going to challenge you, we find that to be a good thing! We think if folks are going to write paragraphs and paragraphs (and sometimes a whole lot more) about a topic, they should also be able to write a single......
Receive alerts for new prayer requests!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, We have just turned on a new feature that will allow you to receive an alert when new prayer requests have been posted to the Prayer section of the ChristianBlog.Com website! This is a feature that was requested we add to the website via our contact form and we received a number of requests for it over the last few months. We try hard to add to our website those feature requestes that we receive multiple requests for and having a way of being notified when new prayer requests are posted has been one of the feature requests we have received a great deal of requests for. This new feature will only alert you to new prayer requests. It will not alert you to comments added to any prayer requests. The idea behind this new feature is to let you know when new prayer......
Stay signed into christianblog.com for up to two weeks!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, We have just added a new option on the Sign In page that will allow you to select if you want to stay signed into the ChristianBlog.Com for an extended period of time, presently set at fifteen days. This is great for those that regularly visit the ChristianBlog.Com website on their own computer. If you use a public computer (a library for example) or if you share your computer with a family member that is also a ChristianBlog.Com blogger, you will probably want to keep this set at "No" for all of the obvious reasons. Please note that a few of the browsers that we have tested this on, under Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu will not allow you to remained signed into the website after you close your browser, even if you select this to "Yes" and want......
Tier 3 membership now includes sponsored blogs!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Today we have some huge news if you love Sponsored Blogs! All Tier 3 accounts are given access to Sponsored Blogs without individual payment of Sponsored Blogs! What does that mean? It means that this is a potential savings of $93 / ‚¬70 per month for Tier 3 bloggers, almost totally paying for your Tier 3 membership! Other tiers can continue to purchase Sponsored Blogs individually at any time. Tier 3 bloggers are under the same limitation as other tiers regarding maximum consecutive Sponsored Blogs, which is seven at this point in time. The Membership page has been updated to reflect this change in our Tier features list. For those who are already Tier 3 Blogger thank you for supporting the ChristianBlog.Com ministry! For those that have been......
Global prayer meeting - august, 2013
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Join us for our August 2013 Global Prayer Meeting as we unite together as a group of Christians from around the world seeking God for His guidance, redemption, grace and blessings. Returning from a long hiatus ChristianBlog.Com is restarting our Global Prayer Meetings. Due to a rather urgent prayer need our first Global Prayer Meeting will be within the next 24-48 hours, depending upon where in the world you reside at. The prayer meeting will start at around 7:00 p.m. (U.S. CDT) on August 19, 2013 within the ChristianBlog.Com chatroom. You can visit this page to help know when it will start in your own location. You can access our prayer chatroom by clicking on the "Chatroom" at the top of our website, and once inside of our chatroom simply click the "Prayer" on the......
Update on the new blog editor
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Twenty days ago we announced a new blog editor for the ChristianBlog.Com website and it has been great to see the wonderful feedback that we have received so far about it. Over the last nearly two weeks have added a number of small new features, updated a few features that needed adjustment, and fixed a few bugs that needed squishing. Questions & Answers: There have been a number of questions that we have been asked and we wanted to address as many of them as we can. Question: I do not like the new editor and want to keep using the old one, but you say you are doing to do away with the old one. Any chance you would reconsider keeping the old one around? Answer: We are looking for ways to solve the issues that you (and others) might be having with the new......
Twenty five million blog views!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, All of you deserve a huge pat on the back! A few weeks ago we reached the 25,000,000 (twenty five million) mark for total blog views since the website went online! This is truly an amazing statistic! Even if you are somebody that does not care about statistics, twenty-five MILLION is still a huge number! According to our "old news" page, the owner of the ChristianBlog.Com website, @abelajohnb, started working on the website on December 11, 2005, almost eight years ago. That works out to 3,125,000 (3.1 million) blogs viewed every year. Now this 25-million number is just for blog views! If you count the entire website we are presently at a little over 115,000,000 (one hundred fifteen million) total pageviews! While that number is truly amazing, what......
New visitor home page
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Greetings Bloggers, A few minutes ago we activated a new visitor home page to the ChristianBlog.Com website. This new home page is similar to our previous version, with a few notable changes. First up is that we have now put into place the Blog Introductions that we added to the website three weeks ago. Secondly, the new home page is now fully automated. The blogs that are displayed on the home page are now determined based on a set of qualifications, and no longer manually selected and added to the home page by the owner of the ChristianBlog.Com ministry. The qualifications to have your blog be displayed on the new visitor home page are: Only bloggers that are paying members Only blogs that have a photograph Only blogs that have an introduction Only blogs set to allow comments Only......
Global prayer meeting - october 2013
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Join us for our October 2013 Global Prayer Meeting as we unite together as a group of Christians from around the world seeking God for His guidance, redemption, grace and blessings. The prayer meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. (U.S. CDT) on October 7, 2013 within the ChristianBlog.Com chatroom. You can visit this page to see the time and date for your own location. You can access our prayer chatroom by clicking on the "Chatroom" at the top of our website, and once inside of our chatroom simply click the "Prayer" on the right-side of the chatroom. If you have not been within the ChristianBlog.Com chatroom before you will need to follow the instructions on the pop-up window and "register" by entering your password - use the same password that you use to sign into......
Poll: should we change the new editor to be a multi-step publication process?
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Hello Christian Bloggers, Our new blog editor allows bloggers to have a single-page from which to publish their blogs from, unlike our old editor which had a four or five page (step) process for publishing a blog. Since we put into place our new editor a number of bloggers have asked us if we would be willing to use the editor messages editor with all the pretty little buttons, but split apart the rest of the questions into multiple pages/steps like the old blog creation method. We felt we should allow the ChristianBlog.Com community to have the opportunity to provide feedback on this, to get an idea if the vast majority of our bloggers would prefer to all of the blog data/questions on a single page, or have it broken into multiple pages/steps. So we have created a poll (see below) that......
The wall, october updates
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Hello Christian Bloggers, We have made a few changes to the CB Wall over the past few weeks and there will be a few more in the weeks ahead, as we continue to expand that section of our website. To start with, we have drastically increased the allowed maximum amount of characters. Tier 3 bloggers are now able to post wall messages up to 1200 characters in length. All other tiers have been increased to 500 maximum characters. Next we have changed the message box for submitting a new Wall message. It is a rather minor change but we hope everybody likes this cosmetic change better. Next we have brought back smilies/emoticons. @mumbly has been asking for them for months and we thought this would be a great time to bring them back. There is a 5 smilie limit, if you post more than 5, they will......
Media update: rotate images
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, A few minutes ago we turned on a new feature, for all members, that allows you the ability to rotate .jpg image that you have within your Media Storage. We realize that at times you might upload a photograph and it is not orientated in the correct way. Now available is the ability to rotate your .jpg file by either 90° or 180° The only things to note at this time are (a) this feature is only available on .jpg files, and (b) you cannot rotate the 'original' .jpg files for archival preservation purposes. Here is an example of how this new feature looks, based on a photograph within the Media Storage of the owner of ChristianBlog.Com...
End of 2013 changes to the christianblog services
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, This announcement is to notify of our members of changes that will be happening within the ChristianBlog.Com Services between now and January 01, 2014. Thirteen months ago ChristianBlog.Com switched to become an All-Paid-Website in an effort to bring to a halt our continued negative monthly costs. This change resulted in a sizable percentage of our bloggers choosing to leave the website rather than support the ChristianBlog.Com ministry and continue blogging at our website. We knew, and openly shared, that both viewership and total blogs published each month, would drastically decrease for the foreseeable future. Exactly that has happened. However, over the last five months blog viewership numbers have stabilized and have once again started to increase for......
New feature: starred blogs
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Greettings Christian Bloggers, Today we are releasing a new featured called "Starred Blogs" that allow you to quickly and easily 'star' a blog you are reading. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to star a blog! Perhaps it is something you want to go back and read at a later time, or perhaps you are half way through reading it and you realize you left a cake cooking in the oven, or perhaps you want to comment on the blog but do not have the time and just need an easy way to get back to it later in the day. Whatever the reason, our new "Starred Blogs" is a wonderfully easy and simple method for you to keep track of blogs that you want to keep track of. We have added a new star at the top of the website, on the far right-side of the sub-navigation. We......
Christianblog turns 8 - and introduces "title updates" feature!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Eight years ago, on November 11th 2005 the ChristianBlog.Com service went from a blank website, to having a brief message, which read: ChristianBlog.Com is presently under-going a complete refocus and redesign. Please check back in a few days to see what new and special things we have in store for our community! 12 days later the ability to register was opened up for a limited amount of people, and from there is has been an amazing adventure! To Celebrate: In celebration of the 8th birthday we are releasing a feature that has been under testing by a very limited amount of bloggers for over six months, called "Manage Blog Title", which allows you to add a secondary blog title and link for your blogs! This is a feature you are going to want to use on......
Content policy update- new clause on "christian celebrations"
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, For the past few years, during the months of November through the end of January, a growing trend towards attacking Christian celebrations has been taking place here at ChristianBlog.Com and this is simply unacceptable. As a result we have, effective December 12, 2013, put into place a new clause within the ChristianBlog.Com Content Policy, entitled "Christian Celebrations", and it reads as thus: Christian Celebrations is a hostility toward the celebration of Christian events - be it Christmas for Western Christians, Hanukkah for Messianic/Semitic, Epiphany for Eastern Christians, Orthodox, Roman Catholics, or any other celebration that Christians around the world partake of. Celebrations are meant to be a time of celebration, not a time when people......
Now allowing middle name display
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, As we are all well aware by now, on the first of December we switched to the display of real names throughout the ChristianBlog.Com webssite and we have received a number of requests to allow middle names. We have been asking folks to just add their middle name into the "last name" field until we had gotten the middle name added to the website, which we have just finished. You can have your middle name be a single character and even include a period. You can now update your real name to include your middle name within the real name section of your account. Should you encounter any issues with this new middle name feature please contact us....
Profile weather & local time
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Just a quick announcement that we have added weather and local time to your profile page. This is a really nice little feature that after initial testing we received a lot of nice comments about, so we have added it to all of our members profile pages. You can make changes to this, and even turn it off, within your TimeZone settings. All you need to do is make sure that the 'City/State/Country' fields are completed and that you have it enabled - it is enabled by default. You can also select your Weather Unit which will display either Metric (celcius) or Imperial (fahrenheit) first within the weather information that is display. We actually show both to help all of those who are either in the land of the Metric system or those in the crazy small world......
Introducing photo albums!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, We are very excited to announce that as of this morning, February 07, 2014, ChristianBlog.Com is now offering the ability to create photo albums! This is a great way to share photographs that you have uploaded here at ChristianBlog.Com for your family and friends to be able to view. Like all photographs, you will have the ability to select privacy options that include "anybody" or "friends only" or "private" so that only you can view it (though, that would seem odd). To see how they look you can visit the album of the ChristianBlog.Com owner @abelajohnb by visiting this album he has created, called "Wallpaper". Also Introducing: In addition to introducing the new Albums feature we are now also introducing the ability to......
A quick fundraising to help cb out
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‹Hello All, ChristianBlog.Com is in need of a quick fundraising so that we can close out some financial issues that need to be resolved. We are in need of $500 USD to allow us to bring closure to a financial issue regarding the website. This is not a request for those who giving to CB would hurt them financially -- rather this is a request to the folks here at CB that couldsend us $500 and not have it hurt you financially. We need a minimum of $500, but if there are multiple people that can come forward and each give $500 dollars that would be very much appreciated and help us close out additional financial issues still lingering from the end of 2013. Sadly 2013 was another year in the red, but it was a better year than the previous two or three years, likely do to going to being an......
Christianblog.com is now accept amazon.com subscription payments!
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, We are very happy to announce that we are now accepting membership subscriptions via Amazon.Com, in addition to PayPal.Com, for those who would like to utilize their Amazon account to pay for your monthly subscriptions, rater than using a PayPal account. We realize that not everybody is able to use PayPal and wanted to offer another means of paying for your monthly subscriptions. Recently Amazon.Com has started offering the ability for websites such as ChristianBlog.Com to handle monthly subscriptions and thought this would be a great alternative payment method for our bloggers. The process for using Amazon.Com for your monthly subscription is very simple. You just select which tier of membership you would like to be at, press the subscription button which......
The return of "groups" plus other announcements
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published . 5 min read
Greetings Christian Bloggers, Today, July 01, 2014, ChristianBlog.Com is very happy to announce the return of "Groups" back to the ChristianBlog.Com website! Our long time bloggers will remember that back in (we think) 2008 we introduced a feature called 'groups' that allowed our members to create a sort of private discussion area that could be setup for whatever interested them. The groups feature did not become all that popular with the exception of a half-dozen groups. In January of 2011 the decision was made to discontinue the groups from the services provided by ChristianBlog.Com due to a lack of use and the knowledge that creating and management of the groups proved to be very difficult for those that wanted to create them. It was a prime case of us developing a......
Updates to the website, july 2014
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Listed below are some of the changes to made to the ChristianBlog.Com website over the month of July 2014 that have not already been formally announced. On July 01, 2014 we announced that "Groups" had made a return to the website. The few groups made so far have seen some activity. Sadly they have not been as active as we had hoped and only a single blogger has created any groups. As a result of the new Groups feature being introduced to the CB website it quickly resulted in our "alert system" being overloaded and for many bloggers the alerts simply stopped working. Over the course of the last three weeks our entire focus has been on rebuilding a new system for notifications. Massive man-hours have been invested and it took four different......
Introducing a new feature called "my reading"
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, ChristianBlog.Com is happy to announce the introduction of another great feature for our members, something we are calling "My Reading" - an amazingly simple way to not only keep track of the books you are reading and have already read, but also a fun way to share with others these very same books! "My Reading" is as simple as typing in the name of the book you are reading, pressing a button that searches for the book information, and clicking another button. Once you have done that it will show up on the "My Reading" section of your profile. Check out the "My Reading" section of John Abela to see what he is reading and what books he really likes! When you add a book you have the option of indicating if you read the......
2014 membership level changings
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, On October 01, 2012, just a few weeks over two years ago, the ChristianBlog.Com ministry became an all-paid-website, in an effort to keep the ministry going due to financial hardship on the owner of the website. We initially introduced three levels of membership tiers. Earlier this year we reduced that from three paid tiers down to two tiers to simplify our membership levels for our bloggers. All of the basic features and increased access for our membership levels have, for the most part, remain the same over the last two years. We have learned a lot the last two years and have decided to make changes to our membership levels. To begin with we are doing away with the terms "tier 1, tier 2" and switching over to "membership" and......