About Z Blogs
Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Creating Blog Posts
You can click here to create a new post.
Or, here is the whole procedure...
- Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
- After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
- Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
- Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
- After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
- You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.
Navigating and Using Blogs
Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.
Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
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All Z Blogs
December 11, 2017
This October, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that its estimate of the cost for the planned “modernization” the... Read more →
December 9, 2017
Arch Blairite John Rentoul claimed that Jeremy Corbyn’s “complaint about growing global inequality is not based on facts” Corbyn had... Read more →
December 6, 2017
John Lee Anderson rambled on for over 7,600 words in a New Yorker article about Venezuela. I’ll highlight some quotes... Read more →
December 4, 2017
This is a very well done piece that Adam Johnson wrote for FAIR: “WaPo’s One-Sided Cheerleading for Coup and Intervention... Read more →
December 4, 2017
Although the U.S. peace movement has been on the wane for about a decade, it remains a viable force in... Read more →
November 29, 2017
If Reuters reported what the temperature was in Caracas on a given day I would not expect them to cite... Read more →
November 25, 2017
It would be hard to surpass this use of social media (by a historian named Abdullah Al-Arian) to debunk imperial... Read more →
November 21, 2017
I’ve written a lot about how much fierce opposition to the government is regularly expressed in Venezuela’s largest TV networks and... Read more →
November 18, 2017
A flurry of reports by corporate media today (see below) about Venezuela’s long time former prosecutor, Luisa Ortega Diaz, saying... Read more →
November 16, 2017
A Caracas-based journalist has expressed frustration to me that people on the Chavista side of the political divide, even those... Read more →
November 15, 2017
The death of Ed Herman, co-author with Chomsky of the classic “Manufacturing Consent”, is a tremendous loss but he left behind... Read more →
November 14, 2017
CAAT calls Venezuela a “hybrid regime” by relying on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index which also labels the UK... Read more →
November 8, 2017
An NBC news article on Venezuela stated Thanks to the “free press” how many people would know any better? Even... Read more →
November 3, 2017
There is useful information in this Reuters article but some comments are worth making: The headline is “Venezuela to restructure... Read more →
November 2, 2017
A CBC news article reports that Trudeua’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland “steps up diplomatic pressure on Venezuela, warns of... Read more →
October 21, 2017
Venezuela’s opposition was supposed to receive 3 million more votes than the government in the regional elections of October 15... Read more →
October 12, 2017
Reuters used to occasionally push back – albeit timidly – against what other corporate outlets reported about Venezuela. Now it appears... Read more →
October 9, 2017
In recent months, advances in the North Korean government’s nuclear weapons program have led to a sharp confrontation between the... Read more →
September 29, 2017
A weird Guardian editorial seems very much to worry that Central Bank independence “will not survive” It is 20 years since... Read more →
September 29, 2017
This BBC article by Katy Watson states Official figures put the number of Venezuelans who have left their homeland for... Read more →
September 25, 2017
At the UK Labour party conference, Emily Thornberry, who I continue to like and believe to be well-intentioned, said the... Read more →
September 23, 2017
Just kidding. Of course they didn’t. The question of legality does not even come up in these Reuters articles (here... Read more →
September 23, 2017
I never identified myself with leftwing politics until, sometime in the 1990’s, I read Noam Chomsky, and a short time after... Read more →
September 21, 2017
Has nationalism captured the hearts and minds of the world’s people? It certainly seems to have emerged as a powerful... Read more →
September 20, 2017
The North Korean government’s progress toward developing a long-range nuclear weapons capability, accompanied by bellicose pronouncements, has been alarming enough... Read more →
September 14, 2017
The mocking headline to this Reuters article reads Venezuela’s new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits Mockery of the Maduro... Read more →
Become a Sustainer
Z Communications operates largely - indeed mostly - in fact, overwhelmingly - based on periodic donations from Z Sustainers. Everything you see in the site is here because Sustainers pay they bills. It really is that simple.
So we need users to become Sustainers. And what does this have to do with Blogs?
Well, it is a perk of helping us by being a Sustainer that you can comment on materials throughout the site, and that you can post blogs.
Another way to help, if you are a Sustainer, is by raising your periodic donation. Or, if you don't want to become a regular donor, you can donate one time. Though that approach doesn't get the blogging permission. Here are links for all three ways of helping...