A handy tour of blog features.

New to reading blogs? Here are a few tips for you to help navigate ours:

1. Never Miss a Post When You Subscribe.

Bloggers love it when their readers subscribe, it’s like a badge of honor. To know someone not only is reading but wants to read whenever possible is grand and can help keep the writer going. We recommend you try the RSS feed (don’t know what that is? In Plain English has a great three-minute video all about why it’s a wonderful thing). If that’s simply too foreign for you right now, we have an email subscription option in our sidebar.

Real quick: notice there’s a link to subscribe to posts and a link to subscribe to comments. We encourage regular readers to subscribe to the posts for sure and it’s up to you if you want updates on when we receive comments. We only point it out to accentuate the difference and make sure you’re subscribing to what you want.

2. Know How Our Blog Layout Works.

At the time of this writing, our blog is organized in the following way:

  • Posts – Individual pieces of writing revolving around a particular topic. Usually, it’s about a day or event on a trip or an announcement about this blog.
  • Tags – These are prominent subjects and themes the writer has deemed important enough to “tag” in the post. You can click these tags, like subject labels in a library, and see other posts with the same tags. Your other option to find similar subjects is to use our “search” bar.
  • Top Menu Bar – Look here for information on our trips overall, our current trip, our upcoming trip, and past trips.
  • Search Bar – This is in our top menu bar, too. It’s a great way to look for specific entries and remember to use -minus or “quotes” to make your search even better. Don’t know what we mean? Again, In Plain English comes to the rescue.
  • Sidebar – On the right-hand side you’ll find our email subscription option, our post archives organized by trip, links to recent posts, links to affiliated websites, and other subscription options.
  • Body – On the left-hand side you’ll find all of our individual posts. In your RSS reader or links to specific posts, you’ll only see one post. Click our header, UTS Global Trips, to see all of the posts together.

You may see some posts that say “continue reading.” This is a link that breaks up a post which is really long so readers can scroll through posts with a little more ease. Test it out: Continue reading

Welcome to our experiment.

Thank you for reading our new blog for UTS global trips, an experiment in better communication and positive evangelism. We appreciate your readership and encourage your subscription. You can subscribe through our RSS feed (learn about RSS here) or to our email newsletter (see the sidebar). Your comments are always welcome, it is what keeps the conversation going! We will never sell your information or email address to anyone, period.

We’ve created this blog for three reasons:

1. This blog is a record. Those who go on our global trips will be able to reflect on their experiences later in life through the words and photos posted here.
2. This blog is about communication. Trip-goers now have the opportunity to immediately communicate their experiences to loved ones back home (and to receive their comments in return).
3. This blog is evangelism. We hope UTS students will read this blog and be inspired to join us on future trips because they have a better understanding of the potential our global trips have to change their lives.

Thank you for reading,

Chris Smith – Professor, United Theological Seminary
Nathan Melcher – Student, United Theological Seminary