The following fans are in the chatroom:
Details of all chat sessions will be displayed on the calendar, with a
CHAT COUNTDOWN shown on all blog pages (over on the right, near the tag cloud) counting down to when the chatroom next opens.
The chatroom is for everyone, so don’t be shy – join in! New visitors are most welcome.
Please make your way through the sections here. They’ll explain everything; from how to register, to how to get started, right through to how to customise your chat experience to suit your preferences.
If you have any questions not answered here, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Please note that David does not visit the chatroom, it’s for fans only.
To register, please go to the registration page.
Step One: Choose a user/member name
Most people use the name that is familiar to everyone at The Blog, so that others can easily recognise them. If you can do this, please do.
Step Two: Wait for your activation e-mail
This will be sent to the address you provided at registration.
Step Three: Follow the instructions
Click the link in your activation e-mail to confirm receipt. Doing so will immediately produce a page containing a completed form showing your e-mail address and activation code. Just Click to Activate and the validation process is complete.
Step Four: Wait for your confirmation e-mail
This will include a reminder of your member name and password, so keep it safe (if you forget your password, you can request it at any time). You might like to change the random mix of letters and numbers to something that’s easier to remember, as you’ll need your password each time you enter the chatroom.
Go to the chatroom and enter your user/member name and password.
Read the rules
They’re there for everyone’s benefit, but they’re really not that difficult. If you repeatedly break them, you will no longer be welcome, so please take a moment to read them.
You will find yourself in the main room to start with. This is called the Lobby. As the name suggests, this is where everyone enters – and most choose to stay.
You type what you want to say in the space at the bottom. Hitting the Select button on the right, or your keyboard’s Enter key, will ‘say’ it. What’s said by you, and everyone else, appears in the main space.
Select an emoticon
Show that you’re joking with a wink, or frown if something is not to your liking.
Change your status
If you’re on the telephone or cooking dinner, let everyone know by changing your status. Please be aware that you will be timed-out after 15 minutes of inactivity.
When you’ve had enough, sign out to leave the chatroom.
You can tailor your chatroom experience quickly and easily. Here’s how.
Select an avatar
Action (top left) and
Select Avatar. If you don’t see avatars alongside names in the column on the left, check the Avatars box under the
Choose your settings
Options, decide if you want to see timestamps, emoticons, private messages and avatars. Change your font size and type, as well as background colour.
Change your font colour
It makes it easier for everyone if what you say in the chatroom appears in a different colour to what others say, but the choice is yours. Black is the default.
Chat privately with anyone. Double-click the person’s name and a box will pop up on your screen and theirs. Please do not abuse this feature. If someone does not want to chat privately, please respect that. If you do not want to be contacted by anyone in this way, disable Private Messaging under the
Options menu. If you are bothered by anyone and wish to report them, please do.
There are two rooms: Lobby and Barn. The Lobby is where people come in. The Barn serves as a welcome place of retreat whenever the Lobby gets too busy, so users are advised to make use of it when need be.
You’ll notice, in the top left-hand corner of the chat screen, a blue
Show Users/Show Rooms button. Click it and you’ll see who’s in the same room as you. Click it again (the text on the button will change to
Show Rooms), and you’ll see the two available rooms: Lobby and Barn. How many people are in each room is shown alongside the room name in brackets. Either double-click the room of your choice, or right-click and select
Join Room, to enter.
Users menu, you can see at a glance who is in the two rooms, so that you may join your friends with ease. If you’re in the Barn, you will not see who has entered or left the Lobby, so this comes in quite handy.
Please be sensible when chatting. Do not reveal too much private information; you do not know how it may be used by others and can never be too careful about your online security.
For your added peace of mind, please also know that all chatroom activity is logged as a measure designed to cover everybody in the event of any disagreements (although, as we’re all such a nice bunch, we never have any).