Welcome to the Japan Forum, and thank you for joining our community! This is the fifth of a multiple-page help series to guide you on how to use the website. This page will give you an overview over how to use our user blog system. We have been using blogs on JREF since 2007, moving to different systems thrice. UBS (User Blog System) is tightly integrated into our forum and the most advanced and feature-rich blog add-on so far. Due to the multiple conversions some of the older blog entries could not be ported over properly (resulting in invalid links, broken attachments, or garbled text). We reorganised the category structure and cleaned up as may entries as possible (in particular mojibake), however, some chores still need to be tackled. Meanwhile we are looking forward to your blogs! Here's how to use them: 1. Creating a blog You first have to create a blog. You can create multiple blogs, if you are planning on writing about different topics, language blogs, cooking blogs, travel blogs, or whatever. Click the "Blog" link in the top menu. Once on the blog index page, click the "Create Blog" button. The following form will open (see the explanation below): 1. Blog title: use something short and meaningful to describe your blog. 2. Blog description: describe the purpose of your blog. This is just your blog's description, so do not use this field for blog entries! 3. Upload image: please upload a cover image to your blog (maximum size 500MB), any personal image that is representative of your blog. We would like to remind you that our general rules for uploaded content apply. 4. About Author: enter any autobiographical data you would like to share with other members and the general public. 5. Rating system: choose whether you allow other members to rate your blog, to rate and review it or to disallow rating and reviews at all. 6. Meta description: you can disregard this field; use it if you would like search engines to use your blog description. Nowadays, metatags are no longer relevant for most search engines. 7. Save your blog: you can either save your blog and proceed to post your first blog entry or save your blog and write your first entry at a later point. 2. Creating your first blog entry Clicking the "Post New Entry" button will bring up the following form: 1. Entry title: enter a descriptive title (minimum of 5 characters) 2. Blog Entry: this is where you enter your blog message (50 to 10,000 characters allowed) 3.Upload image: please upload a cover image to your blog entry (maximum size 500MB), any personal image that is representative of your blog. We would like to remind you that our general rules for uploaded content apply. 4. Tags: enter tags that describe your entry, so that it can be found across all of modules (forum, gallery, articles, reviews, etc) 5. Location: enter the location of a venue, an event, etc. to display a link to Google Maps in the sidebar 6. Description: this is optional, add a concise summary to your entry. 7. Publication time: publish your entry immediately or at a later time (enter hours, minutes as well as the time zone) 8. Display About Author: display or hide the "About Author" field. 9. Comments: allow or disallow other members to comment on your blog entry. 10. Meta description: you can disregard this field; use it if you would like search engines to use your blog entry description. Nowadays, metatags are no longer relevant for most search engine. 11. Create Entry: click to publish your blog entry, hopefully the first of many. More to follow.