a community supporting ambient music, art, poetry, photography, games and more
How to post on relaxedmachinery.ning.com
Click on "posts" (used to be "blogs") in the top in the menu... then click the "add+" button right at the top of the list of blogs.
You can type, you can insert a picture from your computer... you can even copy/paste from an article you found interesting somewhere (please credit and link to the original). You've probably noticed I do this quite a bit - if I see something interesting - a review, or some article, I post it.
Do you have a blog somewhere else?
Copy and paste it! 9 times out of 10 - everything copies perfectly. The most you might have to "fix" is to click on the images, hit "edit" and then click on either "left" or "right" to get the text to flow around your text.
How do you copy/paste?
Easy! On a pc... ctrl+c = copy. Hold the ctrl key down, then click on "c". That's it. You've now copied whatever you highlighted to your clipboard. Then click your mouse inside the new blog box... and do a ctrl-v - which is hold the ctrl key down then click on "v".
On a mac? No problem... it's cmd-c and cmd-v.
What should you post?
The sky is the limit - we are generally about creativity so that's a great place to start. Creativity involves how you create, the gear you use, what you do when you get stuck, inspiration, artists you love, reviews of albums or paintings or photos.
Or maybe something catches your eye you want to share... I have a tendency to delve into "inspirational" posts - things that inspire me like ancient civilizations, architecture, music reviews, etc.
Why should you respond to a post?
If someone posts something that moves you - or catches your eye - or makes you want to ask a question... DO IT! Reply! Whether it's a "Wow - I enjoyed reading that" or "I disagree - I think ______". "or have you seen ______ photos? based on this I think you'd like them."
The best compliment you can give someone is to let them know you read or listened - and had something to say about it.
Can you spam your latest album?
Oh heck yeah. Please do. We encourage it. We also encourage you to be a member of the community and not JUST SPAM. I won't kick you out if that's all you do... but wow, it'd sure be nice to everyone else here if you participated more than when you're latest album drops... ;-)
Are philosophical discussions allowed?
Can I disagree with someone?
Can I call people names?
NO NO NO NO NO NO. No personal attacks. Respectfully disagree on the topic being discussed. No character attacks. Thankfully - we don't really have that here!
Can I post my photos?
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes... please do. You can either load them to the "photos" section - or load them as a "blog" post. Up to you. If you've already uploaded them to flickr... you can either import them into your account here... or you can simply embed the photos or slideshow into a blog post.
Can I post my soundcloud tracks? My youtube? My Bandcamp?
Yep - and it's really easy. There are a couple of tricks you must know.
CORRECTION! - Bandcamp "iframe" embeds do work now as of last week. We're still testing and figuring out what does and doesn't work!
1) Our ning community will not allow new "iframes" or "html5" code. To get around this... both soundcloud and youtube have a checkbox for "use old code" or "use non-html5" code. If the embed code starts with "iframe" - look for the checkbox... it must start with "object".
2) You must paste it into the "html" tab on the blog entry (or text box entry on your profile page). Don't be scared... you can do it! Type a bit about your track or video and then click the html tab and do the ctrl-v to paste it in... then click on "visual" tab again.
3) Sometimes your soundcloud or youtube won't show immediately. I don't know why - it just does. Go to the front page - then back to your blog post and it's usually there.
OK - what about Reverbnation and CD Baby???
Nope. At this time - they do not allow for older "object" embeds - they are all new fangled html5 iframes. Actually - it's Ning that's truly annoying in this issue. They should really allow for iframes.
What's with the "feature", "john's pause box" and "member release" on the front page?
The "Feature" box at the top 99% of the time I do and it's 99% of the time totally my whim. If I have time - I will go to members, click random - and feature that member. Sometimes I go to photos to ensure I get a photographer. Sometimes I will skip someone if they haven't posted in a long time and re-roll the random dice. Sometimes I'm in a rush and will feature something else (like I just did with SomaFM).
"John's Pause Box" - I consider this my little personal spot on the front page. Ok, yeah - it's a little goofy that I do this - but I did start the community (with friends) - so I took over a box. :-) It's usually something I find inspirational. Sometimes it's a photo or poem from one of you on the site - sometimes it's a photo I found through google. It changes frequently.
"Member Releases" - was maintained by our good friend Joel Sutton down Australia way. Now it's updated by the awesome Jaja (Jana) in Germany. She looks through all of your blog posts for new releases. And about once every few weeks or so she posts about a number of releases.
Have I missed anything?
Most likely yes, please ask below.
My sincere thanks for being here,
John K-N (jkn)
Addition Nov 15, 2012:
First off - THANK YOU - this community is fantastic and virtually no one violates the spam policy around here. Those that do I write personally (or one of the admins do).
So here's the spam rule!
If you post a blog about your music, poetry, writing, drawing, video, habits, philosophy, reading, reviewing, whatever... IT'S NOT SPAM. We welcome this! We encourage this!
If you mass message people privately via the messaging system - especially people you barely know... THIS IS SPAM.
If you post messages on member's profile pages that include basically nothing but spam on your music ... THIS IS PROBABLY SPAM.
Of course - if the person you're writing is your friend - of course it's not spam. It's the mass mailing part. When I recognized the same message posted to 5 member profiles - that's spam.
Use the blogs! That's what they're there for. If it's a really interesting post - people will post comments. If it's really awesome and I stumble across it - I will likely post it to the front page.
We do tend to lean towards AMBIENT MUSIC - but were not EXCLUSIVELY AMBIENT.