Thank you for re-blogging this AND for taking the time to post such a GREAT explanation!!!
I thought I was the only one with absolutely no idea how blog entries are nominated for Featured status? Once I realized I was not alone, I researched it to share with you.
Every morning, I get my ActiveRain e-mail with the list of Featured Blog Entries. As a matter of fact, this morning's e-mail had a great article from Jon Sigler about another curious topic; Re-Blogging.
I always wondered how they picked particular blog entries. Do you do the same thing I do, sit there hoping your blog or your friend's blog will be featured? I understand how that disappointment can rise to the level of frustration, but I don't think it justifies complaining. I'm the type of person who strives to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, so I researched how to nominate Featured Blog entries. I found the AR staff to be friendly and sincere in their efforts to get the best blog entries featured. The simple truth of the matter is that this website has become so popular and has inspired so many to write that the Active Rain staff can no longer read every post - they need our help.
Go to a favorite post of yours...or mine! At the bottom of the post is a Red Flag . Seriously! The Red Flag . (I thought it was to report spam. It is, but it is also to report the good posts! Click on that flag and you will see that you are flagging the listing as good or bad. Check Feature and enter the requested information on the screen. You have just nominated a quality post for featured status.
THere is even a section for the funny posts. There are some great posts on here every day that are worthy of nomination. As a community, when we read a good post; we absolutely must take a moment to nominate it.
- Does A Stripple Pole Define a "Niche"?
- Top 10 Direct Mail Campaign Tips
- Foreclosure Avalanche
- Christmas Eve in Court
- I Am Not An Animal!
Pick a title that intrigues you, if you enjoy the post, click on the red flag at the bottom of the post and nominate it for Feature Listing. In no time at all, we will have some of the best, most-informative, fun and inspirational postings on here.
What happened to that little kid inside of you that used to press buttons to see what happened? It's time to let that little rascal out! Your computer is not going to explode, check out the great features the ActiveRain staff have built into this site. Together, we can make this wonderful site even better!
I modeled this behavior for you, I read a great post that made an analogy of a push lawn mower and motivating yourself. I enjoyed the post so much that I scrolled down to the red flag at the bottom of the post and nominated it for a Featured blog entry. The next day, it showed up as Featured. 37 other people commented on the log that it was a wonderfully inspirational entry. That sure made me feel good!
Once you click on the red flag at the bottom of the post, select Feature. Copy and paste the URL for the nominated blog entry into the URL field. That is the http address in the top of the window that hosts the blog. Highlight it, then select Ctrl-C or right click on your mouse and select "Copy". Go to the URL field and either hit Ctrl-V or right click on your mouse and select "Paste". In the comments field, write why you think it is feature-worthy. Then click on Flag Post. It sounds like you are reporting spam, but you are reporting quality! The screen that comes up LOOKS like I reported something bad because big RED letters say, The post has been flagged It feels wrong, but it is right!
Now you try it. Please feel free to re-blog this post so we can get the word out to the entire community!
On your team!!
Vic Steele, Broker, Valet Real Estate Services
Clients for Life and the people they care about!