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Extra! Red Room Posts Your Email Automatically as a Blog

UPDATE, MAY 14TH, 2009: Unfortunately, a bug discovered by one of our most dedicated authors reveals that comments are disabled on blog posts you email to post@redroom.com.If you choose to use this feature, please send me a quick emailand I'll enable comments on the post. This is just a temporary solution until we fix the bug. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for the heads-up, Jessica! 

By Huntington W. Sharp

Have you ever had a good idea for a blog post, but just can't take the time to log into Red Room and go through the steps to post, tag, edit, and submit it? We've come up with an even quicker and easier way: email your blog post to post@redroom.com. I'm not a techie, but I don't know of any other online community that has this feature, so I'm pretty excited to introduce it to Red Room!

It couldn't be simpler:

  • Type your blog post in the body of an email sent from the email address in your Red Room user profile. (If you send from another email address, the system won't know who sent it.)
  • Type the post's title in the subject line.
  • Email it to post@redroom.com.

Your post will appear on your Red Room blog (and on the blogs landing page) in about twenty seconds. The "From," "To" and "Subject" fields won't appear-in other words, it will look just like a regular blog post, not an email. IMPORTANT: If your email has a preset signature line, it will appear in your post, so you should delete it before you send.

Some things this feature won't do:

  • It can't make your post "look pretty." For example, if you include a link, it will create an automatic line break in your post, and you'll need to log into Red Room with your username and password and edit it.
  • It can't include photos in your email blog posts. If you're like me and enjoy including lots of photos in your blog, you may prefer to add them later.
  • Tags: We strongly encourage you to tag your blog posts thoroughly, but to do that with your emailed posts, you'll need to add them later, too.

Here's a recap of the traditional way to blog on Red Room...

Write your post first in Microsoft Word or another word-processing program. Go to redroom.com, choose "Add Content" from the "Me" dropdown menu, and then click "Blog Entry." Copy the text from your Word document, click "Enable Rich Text," and click the "Paste" icon-it's the blue W that appears in the small toolbar below the text field. Add a title and plenty of tags (here's how), then click "Submit."

... and here are the benefits to emailing your blog post instead:

  • If you're new to blogging and still a little unsure, this is a great way to get your feet wet. Just a quick email and you're done.
  • Maybe you're at a computer with a slow internet connection, or you're encountering slowness on Red Room when click "Submit." (If this happens to you, please contact support@redroom.com. We have suggestions to help your uploads work faster.)
  • Maybe you're traveling with just your iPhone, BlackBerry, or other handheld device. Now you can email your blog posts from the road.
  • You'll have your own permanent record of your blog posts if your email is set up to save all your sent messages.

We've created this feature to make blogging super-convenient for you. Email your blog posts as much as you like, but please don't stop coming to the website, too! Red Room's success is measured by how many people visit every day, so please do keep coming back to enjoy the great writing, multimedia, and conversations your fellow authors and members share here every day.

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Evie is actually the initial

Evie is actually the initial sleuth on this one, and thanks for following up on the mystery!

Best,

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan
www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Excellent!

Thanks to Evie, too.

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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you're welcome!

I'm just glad to know that Jessica hadn't intended to cut off conversation on her blog!  : )

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Hellow

I am typing this from the iphone so this is a great feature. But am confused. You say we should type the blog title in the subject line and then mention that the 'To', 'From' and 'Subject' fields won't appear. What happens to the title?

~F

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Fields

Farzana, what I meant was that your post won't look like an email when it appears on your blog. The title, which you'll type into the subject line on your email, will appear as a blog title, rather than like this:

Subj: (blog title)

Please let me know if this is unclear—it's surprisingly hard to explain. Thanks for playing with this new feature.

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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hi

Hi Huntington,
I think some people are trying to demolish red room's fame and popularity by sending porn materials as a blog under fake ID. Make every blog and pictures scrutinized by moderator. Certainly people will not like their blog with a picture near nude-scene. I am worried and concerned.
jitu

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Yes, Jitu, I agree. I had my

Yes, Jitu, I agree. I had my computer on the other day and my young son came into the room. I quickly left red room! My god, maybe you Red Room gives the wrong impression to some people! How about Read Room?

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sad

how sad that marvelous thing like internet can be used for the most disgusting and discriminative purpose, and one cannot indentify the real culprit. Ignoring it is not a solution as you are on net while all your family is moving behind you, and pics like that puts you in embarrassing situation. Red room technicians must do something and quick.

                                                             jitu 

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It is a concern

Mary and Jitu (and everybody else on Red Room who has been so good to contact us about this), we're working on solutions to the rash for unpleasant profiles and content that have been added. I can't tell you how much we appreciate that you've taken the time alert us to new violation of our terms of service. This kind of community policing shows how much you care about Red Room. Thanks!!

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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Thanks

Thank you huntington for your kind assurence. We consider this site as our meeting place ,you can say a cafe table you love to be with friends and we want to protect it's dignity.

                                                  jitu 

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Community cares

Yes, we love this gathering place for writers. Always so many interesting posts to read and so many writers to get acquainted with. Thank you, Red Room and staff!