How to use your Community
Just created an account and not sure where to start?
This post is designed to give you a quick-fire tour of your Community. However, we find the best way to learn is to engage. Take a look around, respond to topics and maybe even create some of your own.
Please note that as this is a free service and the Jericho Writers team is busy adding awesome content for members, so we aren't able to offer IT Support to this platform.
You can add new content to the Community via the 'burger' icon in the top left corner (three icon with three horizonal lines).
Forums (Public discussion boards - this is a forum! You can create your own forum topic, or leave comments on others).
Blog (Your space to tell your followers what you've been up to).
Groups (Create limited spaces for discussion - perhaps privately with friends you already know, or publicly, as a way to make new friends).
People (Who is in the Community. You can add friends and follow people).
Files (Add files to Groups, or to the public).
Photos (Add photos of your new book, or latest event).
Events (Keep up to date with the latest events on Jericho Writers, or add your own).
Messenger (Send private messages to friends with this Instant Messenger service).
If you click on your name / picture in the top right, you'll have access to your account settings, your friends and your current conversations.
Dash (An overview of everything 'you').
Profile (Create your own profile, and set it to private, just for friends, or public).
Settings (Manage your account from here, including your notification settings).
Friends (See a list of the friends you have made in the Community).
Conversations (Keep track of all the conversations you are having in one place).
Notifications (See who has engaged with you across the Community).
Almost everything you add to the Community has the option to keep things private, to friends, to a particular group or to the public.
We may add more things in times to come, so keep checking back for updates.
This is a great place to start once you've verified your email address via the link in the email you should have in your inbox (check your spam if you can't find it!)
Here, you can upload a profile picture, cover image and write a bit about yourself. You can get back to this at any time by clicking on your picture in the top right corner of the screen. Here, you'll also find settings that will enable you to set your notifications (handy if you feel you are getting too many emails!).
Forums are the heart of the Community. Here, you'll find public discussions on all manner of things in the categories:
- Peer-to-peer critiques (Where you go if you want public feedback, or want to help others out).
- All about writing (Topics related to the writing process)
- Agents and Publishing (Topics relating to traditional publishing)
- Self-Publishing (Topics relating to indie publishing)
- Ask Jericho (For anything relating to Jericho Writers)
- Coffee and Cake (For anything else!)
- IT Helpdesk (Please note that we are a small team, so please help each other out as much as possible)
When you're creating a new discussion, you can add a topic title, choose a category, add text (plus images, tables and links etc), attach a document (useful if you are looking for feedback) and choose who gets to see it.
You can comment on other people's posts, and even comment to comments! Why not give it a whirl below.
This is your space to write about whatever you'd like to write about! Add images, links and tables to your posts, and your blog will be posted publicly. Your followers will also be notified.
Writing in a particular genre and want to chat to like-minded writers? Want to meet with writers in your local area?
Groups are spaces where you can define who gets access to the content you post. You can create a Closed Group or an Open Group.
When you create a Closed Group, you become the Group Administrator. In a Closed Group, users will have to be invited by you (the Group Administrator) in order to join. Likewise, if you see a Closed Group you think you'd like to join, you will have to ask permission to join.
Administration of a Closed Group can be granted to other users within the group too (so, if your group takes off and is more than you can moderate, you can get help!). You can also relinquish your admin roles after giving them to someone else, if you wish to later.
If you don't want the awesome power and responsibility of being a Group Administrator, then look for the option to turn the 'Join Confirmation' off. This is on by default, so be warned!
As with most content in the Community, you can still control the visibility of your posts within a group.
If you do turn the 'Join Confirmation' off, then you have created an Open Group, which means anyone is free to join. Here, anything you post will be open for everyone to see. Likewise, if you see an Open Group you want to join, you can do so immediately, without waiting for permission to be granted. Simple!
Here, you can see who the latest members of the Community are, including those who are online now. You can also use this to search for friends, add friends and start following your favourite people.
Files and Photos
When you add a file or a photo, you'll see the option to add this to a Group you are already a member of, or just to everyone in general. This is a handy space to keep tabs on the other files and images you have uploaded. You can also add both of these to general Forum posts, Groups and Blogs directly (which might be easier, if you are new to this!).
Go here for the latest events happening near you, or add your own. Perfect for anyone who has a book launch they'd like to invite people to, or want to get involved in more live webinars with Jericho Writers.
Add an image, invite your friends personally, add a category and description, then enter a location, start and end date and timezone. You'll also have the opportunity to set this as a reoccurring event; as a Private or Public event (through the Join Confirmation toggle); set reminders and choose the privacy.
Connect with your friends using our Instant Messenger system. Once you become friends with someone, you can send them private messages, including adding files, video and emojis.
As with everything on the Community, this is a safe space, so keep all messages nice, friendly and constructive, please.
So there you go. Why now try exploring some of the existing forums and groups to get started, or head over to your profile to personalise it to you? Remember - this is YOUR Community, and you'll get out what you put in.