REMEMBER: Depth Psychology Alliance is a COMMUNITY! That means you are empowered—and encouraged—to jump in and participate at whatever level speaks to your soul. You can post your own events (or events from others that the community might be interested in); share information about your book, program or initiative or post links or articles that have meaning for you in the FORUM, ask questions in the FORUM--or answer other community member questions if you happen to see them posted. There is no paid staff at Depth Psychology Alliance, so the strength of the community depends on your participation!
CHANGE YOUR PROFILE PHOTO
Best Place to Post
SHARE or POST anything in the community
Add a video
Post an event
Post a blog
Post a discussion, comment, question, or recommendation in the Forum
Add a link/ Make a link clickable
Add a picture to your post
Respond to a comment or post from someone else
Edit your event posting or blog
Hope this helps you get get started. If you need any additional aid at any time, don't hesitate to ask--you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck, and see you around the community.
Whatever brought you to join the Alliance, you are strongly encourage you to engage in the community right away by posting a link to a site or article that has meaning for you, by commenting on someone else's comment, Blog or Forum post, video, event, by asking a question in the Forum or of another member, or by sharing thoughts or work of your own in the Forum or in a Blog so we can all benefit from each others' experience wherever we are on our paths. While many of us in this field may tend to be introverts, and there is a time and place for silence and holding, the community will be much stronger as a whole if each member is willing to pitch in and participate just as you would in a healthy community in the real world.
Meanwhile, here are some quick tips that may be of help to you in navigating the site.
HOW TO NAVIGATE
As you peruse the site, you will notice words or terms throughout the site that are blue/purple. Most of these are links and when you roll your cursor over them, you will see that they show up with underline. You can click on any specific linked word to go to that specific item. For example, a person's name will take to their profile page. The "title" of an event, a blogpost, or a Forum Discussion will take you to that Event page, Blog post page, or the Forum entry. To respond or comment on another's post, you can literally click on the word "comment" or "reply" to go straight to that person's comment or reply. Check it out!—it's actually a pretty good system!
First, you may want to change out the standard "Carl Jung" profile picture assigned to new members for something more "you". If you want to upload a personal profile photo to replace the CG Jung photo as your personal icon, go to your "My page" (find the link at the top with the other navigation links), at the top left.
Once there, roll your mouse over the CG Jung image. You will see an option pop up to "change image". Click there, and a new screen will open and at the top is the current photo with a box next to it that says "Upload a Photo". Click on the Browse button there and you can go into your computer files and pick anything you like - a photo of you or an image you like. (*BE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN AND HIT "SAVE"--you won't see the photo change until you do!)
Conversely, if you upload your personal photo by simply going to the "Photos" section and "adding" it there, that photo gets dumped into the main stash of photos and will show up in the Photos section as well as in the activity on your "My Page"--but it will NOT replace the CG Jung icon. You must do that by following the directions outlined above.
Where is the best place to initiate or post your comments and info?
If you are having a hard time determining the best place to post your comments, thoughts, or work, I suggest the following:
"My Page": This can become a wonderful promotional tool or professional profile. All your activities will show up in one place on your "page" so you can have your own "blog page" to send clients or prospects to, or a collection of all your writings in one place. In my opinion, it's easier and more professional than Facebook and is very focused and targeted.
Forum: use this for questions or musings for which you would like to get a response or generate conversation around a topic. A forum in ancient Rome was a gathering place. Imagine being in a room full of people all interested in what you are interested in.
Blog: A blog comes from "web log: Its a sort of online journal. Use this if you have something of some length to broadcast--usually information-based--like commentary on a current event, a reflective opinion, or a summary of a book, event, or experience. I would expect anyone creating a blog post wants to contribute multiple times and maybe more regularly than a single comment
Groups: Take your topic to a specific group if you feel it is mostly intended to generate discussion or provide information for only those interested in that specific topic--however, if you feel strongly about it and want to promote it to the broader community, feel free to post it in the Forum.
To start a new discussion people can respond to, USE THE "Add discussion" button NOT the "Comment Box". I know--this is counterintuitive, but if you use the Comment Box, it's simply to comment. No one can respond to your comment and there will be no coherent thread.
If you want to start a group, make sure you consider your responsibility in starting a group and treat it as you would a group you start in the "ordinary" world--you'll want to tend it and post to it regularly, making sure members are included, replied to,and witnessed as best you can. If you are ready for this, please send a request and description of your group to email@example.com
To join a group, simply click on the group of your choice and you will see the "Join" button at the top. To start a NEW discussion in a group (as opposed to responding to what the last person said), look for the "Discussion Forum" section (probably the second section down on the page) and click "Start discussion". Otherwise, to respond to another's post in the existing thread of conversation, just type your response in the box and hit "Add Comment" below.
Go to the "My Page" Tab, this takes you to your profile. At the top of your screen under the purple bar that says "Latest Activity", you'll see the word "Share" and your options: Blog Post, Discussion, Event, Photos, Video. If you click on the Blog Post link, and it will take you to the "Add a Blog Post" window where you can enter the information you want; same goes for the other options, of course.
To post a video in the Videos section from YouTube, simply go to the YouTube page you want, click "Share", then click "Embed". There you will see code you can copy and paste. (The process is similar in Vimeo. Currently there is no way to upload a video from your computer directly into the community; only link to content already posted somewhere else online).
Click the Video link here in the Alliance, click "Add" at the top right of the Video page, and you can paste the embed code there. Then hit Save at that bottom.
To add an event, (NOTE: If you prefer to have someone post your events on your behalf, Alliance partner SpeedyBlogSetup.com can do it for $20. Just email your info to firstname.lastname@example.org).
To post an event yourself, simply click on the Events link and then "Add" at the top right and it will provide you with a screen where you can enter or paste any info you want about the details. To finish and post, just click "Add Event" at the BOTTOM.
To add an identifying photo or icon to appear next to your event listing: (i.e. replace that default calendar icon):
Under "Events", Click the "Add" for a new event, or "Options" and then "Edit" for an existing one.
On the left where you see "Image," click the little camera icon to its right.
Click "Upload an image from your computer"
Click "Choose file"
Then go find where that file is already stored on your computer (and then "open" at the bottom of your file selection)
Click "done" and then be sure to save the whole event page including that image you just added by scrolling down and clicking "Save" or "Add" at bottom (or whatever the label is there). It will be then submitted for approval by an administrator, usually approved within hours at most.
To add a flyer, attachment, or photo to the body of your event (needs to be a JPG or GIF)
Under "Events", Click the "Add" for a new event, or "Options" and then "Edit" for an existing one.
Look on the left where you see "Description": To its right you will see a box where you can type or paste the description of the event. At the top of that same box, you will see a row of small icons. The second one looks like a "photo." Click that icon.
Ciick "Choose File" and find the file you want to attach from your own computer files, then click "Open" at bottom to confirm.
Then you have the chance to pick the "layout" if you want it left-aligned, centered, etc. as well as some other options.
Finally, click OK.
When you're done, be sure to save the whole event page including that image you just added by scrolling down and clicking "Save" at bottom
Use the Forum to post information about yourself, your work, or any topic for discussion: Click on "Forum" and "Add" on the top right and paste or type any info you want. You can add a link using the tiny "LINK" icon just above the box where you enter the information (scroll down two sections below for exactly how to add a link) or you can attach a file using the paper clip icon. When you're done, be sure to SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST AND HIT "Add Discussion" in order to save it.
Anything in the Forum will show up in the Forum section which is sort of like a general discussion area, as well as showing up on the Home page as one of the "recent activities".
Because you made the posting, it will also show up on your own "My Page" profile, so anyone who goes there will see the same post permanently on your page (you can always edit or delete any post anytime)
If you are a published author, you may also want to join the "Published Authors and their Works" group and list your books there so people can easily see them. You can do that by going to Groups, then find that specific group, then Click "Start Discussion". Then you will get another of those windows where you can type or paste any text you want.
Anyone can post a blog (an article, review, or short (a few paragraphs) commentary or opinion), simply click the Blog link at the top of the home page and again, you'll have the same options to "Add" (at right) and write or paste text, then save at the BOTTOM of your work.
Guidelines for Blog Posts
Here are specific details on how to post a blog:
To add a blog post:
There are two ways to post a blog: 1) Click on Blogs link, then choose "Add" at the top right of the page—OR 2) go to the "My Page" Tab, this takes you to your profile. At the top of your screen under the purple bar that says "Latest Activity", you'll see the word "Share" and your options: Blog Post, Discussion, Event, Photos, Video. Click on the Blog Post link, and it will take you to the "Add a Blog Post" window where you can enter the information you want.
To paste existing text into the Blog Post page:
One option is to just paste the text (Edit/Paste from the top menu on your screen). However, depending on the source where you got your text, if you simply paste, you may end up with some odd formatting (other web sites or even Word both insert formatting that may not be wanted here). The up side of this is that if you are pasting WITH A PICTURE, the picture is part of the formatting and it should paste along with everything else. Otherwise, you'll have to add it separately. (See below).
To get a "clean" paste without unwanted formatting, click on the small icon just above the text box that looks like a black "T" inside a white box (4th from left). Now paste the text inside the new box. (Be aware: it will remove ALL formatting including bold and italics, though you can put these back on in the Add Blog text box using the the other small icons above the text box. To add formatting, just highlight the text you want to format and choose the "B" for bold, or the "I" for italics. These icons are very similar to those found in Word and on many other programs or web pages.)
After you paste to remove the formatting (if you've chosen to do so), you can close the formatting box by clicking OK .Then you can make any other changes you want to the text.
To add a link to another web page from your post OR to add a picture, see the next section below.
When you're ready, click "Publish Post." All blog posts must be approved before posting, so be prepared to wait a short time until the post goes live. (We usually check several times a day, so it's rarely more than a few hours). Forum posts do not need to wait to be approved.
Add a link/ Make a link clickable:
1. Type or paste the words you want people to click (It can be anything, like "Click here to read more" or "Synchronicity: Interview with John Doe", or www.DepthPsychologyAlliance.co)
2. Use your cursor to highlight the words you want to turn into a link (it can be one or several words)
3. Choose the small "link" icon (literally looks like a link) above the text box where you are typing/posting
4. A pop up window will come up. Paste the url for your link (for example:http://www.depthpsychologyallianc.com) in the pop up window. (It should default to "open in a new page" but if not, be sure to select that option)
5. Click OK
To add a picture to your post (NOT to change your profile picture. See the first post on this page to change your profile picture):
Add a picture if you want: Click the second icon from left that looks like a picture and you can browse your computer to choose the one you want. Choose file, then go "get" the picture where it is on your computer. Decide how you want it aligned (left, right, center, etc.). Decide how wide you want it. 600-800 pixels will mostly fill the width of the blog post. Click OK.
When you're ready, click "Publish Post." All blog posts must be approved before posting, so be prepared to wait a short time until the post goes live. (We usually check several times a day, so it's rarely more than a few hours).
Beyond these activities, to respond to anyone's comment anywhere on the site, just click on the name of the comment wherever you see it and you will get a comment box where you can type text and respond.
The only thing that seems a little counter-intuitive is that many times the "Add" button (or "Start a Discussion") for comments, events, blogs, forums on the home page or in the groups are often at the BOTTOM of the section where I naturally look for them at the top. If I scroll down the home page and see the Events and want to add one, I have to go all the way to the bottom of those existing events to find the "add" button--so always start by looking there if you are on the home page.
However, if you enter any of the sections using the links at the top of the page, then there is usually an "add" button at the top right.
To edit any event, blogpost, or similar entries, click on the title to go to the individual page where it resides, Click on the "options" drop down menu in the top right of the white part of the page, and you'll see "Edit" which allows you to bring up your original entry and make a change. You can also delete the page from this dropdown menu. To delete a comment, roll over the comment and you'll see a tiny green "x" appear at the far right of the comment itself. You can click on that to delete.
If you have any messages from other members, you will see the number of messages listed in the top right of the white part of the page in your "Inbox"--just click there and you will see your messages. You can send anyone a private message by going to their page (use the search button at the absolute top right) to find them, or simply click on their name anywhere you see it in the site. You can then click "send a message" on the top left right under their profile picture. BTW, any time you "comment on someone's profile", it will show up as a public message on that person's page.
HOW TO DELETE CONTENT you've posted from the Site
NOTE: www.DepthPsychologyAlliance.com transitioned from a private site to becoming publicly viewable on September 15, 2015
If you wish to review or possibly edit or delete any content you've posted, you might wish to start by going to your "My Page" to view all the posts you've made since you became a member.
To delete or edit POSTS you started in the Discussion Forum or in any Groups:
To delete any of your REPLIES to a discussion someone else started: (Note: there's no way to edit replies, so deleting them is the only option. By doing so, you also risk deleting any responses in the discussion thread to your reply)
To delete or edit any EVENTS you've posted,
To delete or edit a BLOG POST you've made:
If you wish to delete or edit something you've posted but can't find instructions listed above, please email us at email@example.com
If you want to EDIT YOUR PERSONAL PROFILE information or change the EMAIL ADDRESS you use to sign in, click the "Settings" link in the top right corner of the white part of the page under your name.
To change your email, sign in using the usual/previous email as you always do, then click the "Settings" link in the top right corner of the white part of the page under your name. A new page will come up that shows the email you are currently using with the word "Change" next to it. You can click on "Change" and enter the new email address you want to use.
In the left column on that same profile page, you can manage your privacy settings or change your "notification" settings that decides if you get an email each time someone posts or responds to you or to certain groups or categories of which you are a part.
Getting Notification Emails about Activity on the Alliance
Did you know?---There's an easy way to get emails telling you when there's certain activity on the Alliance that you may be interested in--or stop it if you decide you no longer want it. For example, if someone posts in one of your groups, or responds to a post you made. That saves you from having to go in and look to see what's happening (though that's good too--we sometimes just don't have the time to stay on top of it).
To control when you get notification emails, simply go to your "Settings"--it's a link under your name at the top right white part of the page. On the "Settings" page at the far LEFT, you will see an Email link--3rd one down. Click that--and voila! You can pick and choose when and where to get those reminder emails from.
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