Q1. Do I have to republish the entire digest?
A1. Yes. If you’re not willing to publish a digest of links from your fellow sex bloggers once a month, then this isn’t the thing for you. While it is optional for you to re-post the photo, I still encourage you to do so. All text, including the introductory paragraph and the contained links to e[lust], however does need to be published on your blog.
A1.2: Because apparently, exact clarification is needed by some, I’ll spell it out: You must publish the full post on your blog. The post on your blog must have working links. Otherwise, what’s the point? The e[lust] digest post must be it’s own post, not an addendum to your submitted post. It cannot reside on a page. It cannot be posted to your sidebar. You cannot “reblog” someone else’s posting of the e[lust] digest – do it yourself on your own blog. If it is not a new post on your own blog with working links, then you’re doing it wrong and you’ll be asked to fix it. Failure to do so could result in being pulled from e[lust]. If after reading the information below you are still having problems posting e[lust], then please consult your fellow bloggers – surely someone out there has more blogging knowledge than you and is able to help. But do not throw up your hands and tell me that you need a free pass on this just because you can’t figure it out. I don’t have the time to troubleshoot your blogging problems.
Q2. I’m having trouble posting Elust – can you help?
A2. Below I’ve taken screenshots of the 3 major blogging platforms – Blogger/Blogspot, WordPress.com, and WordPress selfhosted.
The gist of it is this: Some people are able to simply select the entire digest as it is shown on the front page, copy and paste into the Compose/Visual tab of their post editor and everything is retained…links and all. I can do this and it doesn’t matter what platform I use. Some others cannot and I don’t know why. If you cannot get it to work the simple way (and it should go without saying but of course it never does – after you post it please check a few links to make sure they actually work. If they don’t, then it doesn’t count) the you need to use the raw html code. I used to put out one code for WordPress and one for Blogger, because many WordPress themes don’t like “assumed line breaks” (i.e. just hit enter) and absolutely require paragraph tags (<p>) or break tags (</br>) while Blogger was great at assumed line breaks and would add in extra breaks to my code. However now that Blogger has changed so much this is no longer the case and I can see 3 people using Blogger and all have it look 3 different ways. I can’t help you there, you’re on your own (as well you should be if you’re really a blogger).
Below are screenshots (click to make thumbnail larger) to help you if you’re a new blogger and do not know how to add in html code.
When you start a new post, no matter the platform, the post editor will start you off in the WYSIWYG mode. In this mode you just type and you never worry about code. Most of you have only used this. In order to insert the raw html code that is always found here:
WordPress.com (the free version)
WordPress.org (self-hosted blogs)
Do I really need to repeat myself? It’s pretty much the same as above, except for self-hosted WP users, the tabs are “Visual” and “HTML”.
A note on word-wrap and line breaks: Because I care about the visual aspect of my blogs, I’ve designed e[lust] to look appealing and be easy to read. This is achieved by line breaks. Ever read something that has no paragraphs? Yeah. So as above, if your blog’s theme decides that it wants to do what it wants with the code I’ve provided, you can always force things. In just about any WYSIWYG application, be it email, comments, Facebook or blogging, there’s a paragraph-line-break and a soft-line-break. Paragraph line breaks add in a blank line, like this:
All I did there was hit “Enter” on my keyboard. Now if I didn’t want that blank line (this is how I get those links in the digest to appear like a list), all I do is hold the SHIFT key while hitting ENTER. This happens:
And voila. No unnecessary blank space where I don’t want it, but not everything is on the same line.
Some Blogspot/Blogger users have suddenly had issues with word-wrap not working when copying over e[lust]. I don’t know why. I’m not an expert in Blogger. I’m guessing it has to do with their latest upgrade to their platform. Either way, hitting SHIFT-ENTER is the only way to force word-wrap.
Q3. You mentioned that one could utilize the “read more” tag when republishing the digest. How does that work?
A3. When readers are at your blog and scrolling through pages, they will only see the portion of the post that is before the “read more” tag. The rest of the post can be seen when they view the individual post. The links and the full digest are still on your blog and still visible in your RSS feed but it lends a cleaner look to navigation. The “read more” link, however, should *not* merely point the reader back to this blog. See the thumbnails below for visual tips and visit this link to accomplish the “read more” tag if you use Blogger.
Q4. What kind of posts does e[lust] accept for submission? (or in other words “I don’t write erotica, Elust must not be for me”)
A4. Elust is not just about erotica! There are so many awesome posts in the sex blogger realm that would be very welcome in e[lust]. Opinion pieces, how-to articles, interviews and discussions of sex in the news, thought-provoking journal entries, and more. Our brain is our biggest asset and our biggest sex organ. That is what e[lust] is for. If you ever question if your post/blog is right for e[lust], just ask us! But remember that the judges have a voice it what meets the standards of Elust. Being sex positive is a good place to start. But an infographics pages isn’t going to cut it.
Q5. What constitutes a “commercial blog” in regards to being ineligible for Elust?
A5. Unfortunately there is no exact black & white for this matter but there are some general rules. If the blog in question is on the same web address or a direct part of your online retail site, then I would consider it a commercial blog. If the blog is affiliated with and written by employees of a retail site, but resides on a different web address and does not directly correlate to the retail site, then I would consider allowing your blog post into e[lust] on a case by case basis. If your blog is a multi-author site with non-employees writing posts and is off-site from the retail store then I would consider it for publication in e[lust] provided the post in question is not filled with links to products. If you are a blogger who is also promoting your own adult services and the post contains links to buy your services/items, then it will most likely not be considered for publication. Blogs/sites that appear to be full of SEO articles more geared towards traffic than factual, sex-positive information would also be considered commercial. In the end your inclusion in Elust is at the discretion of the editor and is usually put to vote to the judging committee who reviews all submissions for the Top Three. If you have any questions just email me.
Q6. What are the guidelines for multi-author blogs and submitting more than one post per edition?
A5. Effective May 12, 2011, e[lust] is no longer accepting multiple submissions from sites that are multi-author.
Q7. Do you have a badge for others to use for linking? What’s the best way to contact you?
A7. The badge is below! There are two email addresses. “Submissions” is the place to send me an email if you think the submission form didn’t work, or if you’ll be out of town during the coming submission period. “Questions” is the place for discussing volunteering to help with e[lust], wondering if your blog/post meets the guidelines, or discussing sponsorship of this blog.