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How to Post an Event at massmouth -adapted  from Vernon Cox at

Posting an Event
please read until end and this section REALLY IMPORTANT*

It is easy and very useful to all performers for everyone to post their events. Start here:

At the quick add, above  (in upper left had corner of any page) click on small box for drop down menu and choose: Event

A pop up window will appear with fairly clear fields to fill in -you can put  links to your videos or website and pictures of you  performing etc.

A few notes....

1. Insert the Name of your event - make it short but descriptive

Event Image

Below the Name it says Event image and there is a image icon which looks like a small black camera.

You must upload an Image for your event!

Click on the tiny black "camera" icon and "browse" your files for the image you want to use.
If you  do not add an image there is a default image of massmouth icon - BUT a picture, especially of you is best. Use  a square-ish image that is 100KB - 500KB - not bigger and not much smaller. You can go to google  images and use a .jpg image of something that relates to your content or may even find photos of yourself on line.  Save  what you like and so you can use it over and over again. This is so  important - the internet is  VISUAL medium - we need to have compelling images to get attention.


Add your Description in the box and keep in mind although there is a name and date box the description may be easier for folks to cut and paste from, for fliers and newsletters. So a brief redundancy may help spread the word. (Search other folk’s events to see what looks good to you for a format)

Event Type

The event type is also made into links. The type should be a category description not just another name. If you use groupings of words they may be jumbled and out of order. An Irish Storytelling Event was described as: seanachie, nights, storytelling for adults But appeared on the web site as: adults for nights storytelling seanachie So to have it make sense we use the underscore _ to tie key words together to make sense: seanachie_,nights, storytelling_for_adults

Start time

Add the correct date, in the text and in the drop down calendars make sure you have AM/PM correct - easy to forget! Some times you can’t find an event you  just posted because you entered the date incorrectly. These errors are another reason why the date info is handy in the description box. (Confused folks will tell you if you have two dates.)


It is best to place a venue or well known name of a location here. To add a street address or include a map choose More options or Events from the top tool bar.

Click on SAVE in the orange box when you are done!

here is what the form looks like:

In addition to the above choices you can now add an ending time or date which is great for festivals and workshops. Adding the Street address and a link to map page or the venue’s direction page and a contact phone number will help folks show up at your event. The "organized by" option will also promote those who promote you. Use a website or a name. If the event was organized by someone else say so or it will default to who is signed into the Ning network.

* REALLY IMPORTANT ~ the most important step is...INVITE people!!!
After you add the event you  will get a prompt to INVITE people...only you can invite from your posted events. This is a cool tool that sends a nice looking invite - with your profile pic and your event pic in an email to the list of your choice.  See the + Invite People link and click on this to send invites later. You also can send emails manually or use your lists as directed. You can post your event at Facebook, Twitter and other spaces via "share".
You can put the URL link to your event in your emails.

 PS> BY the way - if you  have a recurring event say weekly or monthly? Just have an end date that is months away and you will only
have to change the date each week to move your event forward and have it not disappear if you forget to update..

What the access the invite options looks like when
 you go back to the event after posting:

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Okay, but how about creating a group, or posting an email to the members list?
I can't seem to figure out how to do those things...
You can only message your "friends" - so, sending freind requests with a short message that explains your goals is a good idea. And I am not sure but I think only site admin can start a group.
Which I am happy to work on with you. Later,?

Mei-Lin Po said:
Okay, but how about creating a group, or posting an email to the members list?
I can't seem to figure out how to do those things...

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