Our new Member Database, and Profile System

Maybe you’re a member, maybe you’re looking to hire someone, or maybe you’re just curious–this post is all about the new searchable member directory, and member profile system.

If you are looking to find someone with the directory, all you need to do is go to the page, and enter a keyword into the search bar– it could be a name or
the type of workshop or job you’re looking to  hire for. Here, I searched for a ghost writer and found six people who mentioned that they ghost write. If you are looking for a person, enter their name, or hit the button just above the search bar “View Listings: Alphabetically”. This way, you can browse by letter. If you just want to look at some random profiles (perhaps you’re looking for inspiration) then alphabetically is a great way to do so.

Now, if you’re a member, you might be more curious about how you update and manage your profile. Let’s start at the beginning.

If you are a current member, you would have received an email with a unique URL–depending what you use for an email server, you may be able to just click it, or you may have
to copy it (highlight, press Ctrl and C on your keyboard for windows).

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If you haven’t seen an email like this, just email me at communications@bcwriters.ca, and I’ll send you a new one. You’ll notice the link will expire within 72 hours, so it’s best to have a bit of time set aside before you begin. Following that link would have brought you to a page like so:

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You will see your email address in the first box, and it will ask you to make a new password. This is the password that you’ll use to access everything on the FBCW site, including events, so make it something you’ll remember. The password needs to be a minimum of 8 characters. Enter the same password in both boxes below your email, and hit “update”

The page won’t change, but where the three boxes were, you’ll now see the message:

“Success! You have set up your access.

Please click here to continue”

Click where it asks, and you will find yourself at a page called “My Profile”–this is where you can start updating what people see in the database.  If you set your password ages ago, you can also find this page by going to bcwriters.ca/my-profile; the link is found under “our members” in the main menu.

MyprofileNow, you’ll see that Fake Fakerton here has in their profile an address, phone number, and email–please don’t remove this information. Other people cannot see it. This is the information that the FBCW uses to contact you, and by removing it, you make it impossible for us to send you magazines, newsletters, and special offers. If you do want people to see some of your contact information, it can be added–I’ll show you how soon.

You can now upload an image– click the blue word that says “upload” on the bottom left of the screen. this database can only accept small images (200 KB or smaller) so you may need to resize the photo you like to make it work. If you need help with that, you can google it, or email me.

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Now, f you’re ready to dive into the process of updating your profile, click the grey button that reads “View Profile/Edit Profile”on the bottom right– if not, you can close the page (if you’re on your home computer) or hit “Sign Out” at the top right of the page, if you are on a public computer, or letting another member of your family edit their profile.

Assuming you’re ready to go on, the next page you see is the place you edit basic info. This one is much longer than the others and has tons of options for you to pick.  You can change your name, and the prefix for your name here, as well as choose what type of member (writer) you are. The list is quite long, but you can request additions if you’d like. Choose as many of these as you think fit you.  The next heading is “subscriptions”. These are things we send you. If you’d like to receive print issues of WordWorks, make sure that box is checked–this is the same with WriteOn, and partner publications. Other than WriteOn, any changes you make are immediate. For WriteOn, if you no longer want to receive it you’ll need to unsubscribe (email me if you’re unsure how).

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The next section is region–select whichever region you feel you belong to. There is a map here if you’re unsure, but you do not have to adhere to the boundaries if you don’t feel they suit you. This selection mostly influences which regional newsletter you’ll be receiving, so which local news you’ll get.

Next, if you’re interested in volunteering, you can select that. This doesn’t obligate you to ever volunteer, but you may receive emails from us about it from time to time asking if you would like to.

Under that you can select any workshops you offer– feel free to email me to request additions.  Afterwards, we have a gender selection– there are several options, but you are not required to answer if you would prefer not to. We only ask for demographic information.

Once you have all of that setup, you can hit the bottom center button, “Save & Next” to get to the contact info page.

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Here you can update all of your contact information with the FBCW. Reminder: email address, phone number, and mailing address are NOT visible to the public. Please don’t remove entirely, or you may not receive all of your member features. Now that I’ve said that again, this is where you can update your information if you move, get a new phone, or what have you. This is a pretty straightforward page. When you’re done, save and next in the bottom center.

Here you can see the directories you are a part of. There may be multiple in the future, but for now, we just have a general member directory. Click the word edit (I circled it in red) to start on that. When it loads, scroll down. You see your contact info, but people will not see that. They will see social media links if you add them, website URLs, and your name, but nothing else. If you want to add some of that contact information, you add it below all of that, in the “about me” section. Now is where you need to get creative. This is where you can add your biography, list your publishing credits, mention things you’re working on, and really say whatever you’d like.


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Below that you can upload an additional two images if you like. It is possible to paste images into the “about me” area, but it’s not meant for that, so I can’t offer support.

When you’re done, hit any of the save buttons near the bottom. This is very important–don’t just navigate away. I recommend hitting save every 5-10 minutes if you’re writing from scratch. The website may time out if you take too long. It’s actually better to write it in a word processing program, then paste it in, but do whatever you prefer.

 

And that’s it! I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please send me an email at communications@bcwriters.ca

About Shaleeta Harrison

I am the Executive Director of the FBCW.

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