Today Blue Jersey reached 350 registered users and yesterday, we passed 150,000 total page views. If you haven’t yet created an account, you can do so by following this link. If you’re new, read our about page to learn how to use the site.
You may have noticed that we added some new functionality to the site. Users can now add events to our calendar. Those events will appear in the “Upcoming Events” list in the left hand column. If you run an organization or know of upcoming events, you can add it by clicking on the event date on the calendar beneath the upcoming events list. Then click the “Add Event” link, and fill in the appropriate information: description, location, time, etc.
We hope that this functionality will help bridge the gap between the netroots and “meatspace”. Use this thread to let us know how we can improve the site functionality to facilitate grassroots activism.
You may have noticed that we added “tags” to the site. Tags are simply a way to categorize diaries to make them easier to find in the future. Instead of restricting classifications into a fixed set of choices, you can tag a diary with whatever you want. Appropriate tags include people, issues, races or locations. Tags should be separated by commas. Any “trusted user” can create or edit tags. You become a trusted user by getting enough of your comments rated highly (there is a top secret formula). You can read some tips on tagging in the “how to” section of the about page. One rule that’s good to know for consistency: to identify congressional districts, use the format NJ#. To identify legislative districts, use LD#. For the 7th Congressional district, you would use NJ7 (not NJ07 or NJ-7 or NJ-07). Also, try to reuse existing tags. There are currenly over 300 tags. Try to re-use existing tags if possible.
There is a “hot tags” section on the left hand side which identifies the most popular topics discussed on Blue Jersey in the past 2 weeks. You can click on any of those tags to see all the diaries associated with that tag.