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What is a blog?

A blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly-accessible journal for an individual, business, or organization. Updated on a regular basis, blogs are commonly used to communicate news, upcoming events, or other relevant information to targeted audiences and subscribers.

What is a permalink?

A permalink is the unique URL, or Web address, of a single post. Use this when you want to link back to a post from another Web page or document. You can access permalinks for the Chronic Disease Blog by clicking on the word Permalink located at the bottom of each post.

What is a post?

A post is an entry written and published to a blog. They are generally listed in reverse, chronological order with the most recent post at the top.

What is a comment?

A comment allows a reader to open a dialogue with the author of a post or other blog readers. Post authors and readers who leave comments have the option to be notified when additional comments are left on a post, thus having an opportunity to respond and/or add additional content to the discussion.

How do I leave a comment?

To leave a comment, click on the comments link at the bottom of a post. This link will either say No Comments or list the number of current comments, such as 3 comments. Some posts don't allow for comments. In this case, the link will be disabled and say Comments Off.

How do I know if someone responds to my comment?

When you leave a comment, or reply, to a post you can choose to be notified when someone responds to your comment. Simply check the box labeled Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail and notification will be sent automatically to the e-mail address you specify when leaving the comment. You can cancel this service at any time by following the unsubscribe now link in any e-mail notification you receive.

Why aren't comments allowed on some posts?

Depending on the content of a post, the Chronic Disease Blog may determine comments are not necessary.

Why don't comments appear on the blog right away?

The Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease is a publicly-funded site, therefore all submissions to the blog are moderated (screened for content) before posting to the blog.

Why are some posts password-protected?

The Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease uses its blog to communicate with community partners throughout Arizona. At times, it may be necessary to distribute content that is only intended for a particular group or organization. These posts are password-protected to ensure the privacy of information.

What options are there when subscribing to the Chronic Disease Blog?

You can subscribe to the blog via e-mail or RSS feed.

If I subscribe to the Chronic Disease Blog via e-mail, how often will I receive updates?

E-mail subscribers will receive a maximum of one e-mail per day and e-mail alerts are only sent if new content is published to the blog. A new post, revised post title, link update, or change to the published post date will trigger an e-mail delivery. If the Chronic Disease Blog doesn't update or publish new content to the blog, e-mail alerts are not sent. Are you already receiving too e-mails? Take control of your inbox by subscribing to the Chronic Disease Blog via RSS feed.

How do I cancel my e-mail subscription to the blog?

The process is simple, just click on the unsubscribe now link at the bottom of any e-mail alert. You can also contact us directly with your request.

If I subscribe to the blog via RSS feed, how do I know when the Chronic Disease Blog has published new content?

All feed readers update periodically and how they update can vary; you may need to push an update button, or it may happen automatically when you load the page or open the feed reader. When a feed reader updates it will go out and check for updated information for you. If the Chronic Disease Blog has published new content or updated existing content, the feed reader will alert you, usually displaying new information in bold. Consult the help files associated with your feed reader for detailed information about feed display options.

How do I unsubscribe to the Chronic Disease Blog feed?

Just delete the feed from your feed reader. For more information related to managing your feeds, please consult your feed reader's help files.

What is RSS and what is a feed?

RSS is an acronym meaning really simple syndication or rich site summary. A feed is a slimmed-down version of a Web site created to be easily syndicated, or shared, with others. Feeds are especially useful to publish frequently updated content such as blogs, news headlines, or podcasts.

What is a feed reader?

A feed reader is an application, stand alone or Web-based, that reads feeds much like an e-mail client reads e-mail (e.g., Outlook). Feed readers are often built-in to modern Internet browsers. Consult the help files associated with your browser for more information on adding and working with feeds.

Why is using a feed beneficial?

A feed reader can check all your feeds in seconds for updates without you ever having to visit the Web site – 5 or 500 feeds, it doesn't matter. Feeds can help you stay up to date with many different sites.