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People Who Block FireFox Are Just Stupid

Dear Reader,

A while back a blogger named John wrote a snarky review of my review of Professional Search Engine Optimization with PHP. While his review was a bit on the “untrue” side and prompted me to write Just Say No to SEO, his blog was interesting enough to put in my feed reader and follow. Heck, from time to time, I even clicked through and read an entire entry and believe I even commented once.

Sadly, those days are now over. See John feels that just because it is possible for me to block ads from FireFox that I must be a criminal and stealing his content. This, by the way, is the same asinine logic that makes the NAB feel that if we don’t watch each and every commercial in a television show that we are stealing their content. (I’ve got news for you John, for 5 years now, I’ve blocked ads at my router! FireFox, IE, Opera, hell, even Lynx…I don’t read ads unless I want to.)

So yea, by all means please do continue blocking a good chunk of your audience. Maybe, like me they will realize that your content is well, just not that great and move on to things more important…like Lindsy or Paris or even Britteny’s latest escapades. Should you actually produce something compelling enough to warrant an extra 5 seconds of work, we (FireFox users) can always just switch FireFox’s useragent. (yeah, boy, you showed us…)

So thanks John, this is now twice you’ve inspired me to blog and I’m the better for it. Sorry I won’t be reading your blog anymore. Like NBC’s move away from iTunes, the only one you are hurting is yourself. If I can live without NBC’s content, I’m pretty sure I can live without yours.

Just so you know John, I’m not picking on you. I feel the same way about anyone who feels that the content they produce is so damed important that they get to dictate to me how, when or where I consume it. Drop me a line if you drop this idiocy, I’ll add you back into my reader.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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p.s. Just say not to crap like this. My current useragent is “o noes, I haz UR blog wif da fox.” when that gets blocked, I’ll get more creative. I encourage every FireFox user (you thievn’ bastards) to change the useragent string. Get creative, have fun with it.

Another “Notable” update

Dear Reader,

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to dive in, grab the new code and beat it into submission.

I’ve updated WP-NOTABLE, part of the BlogBling line of plugins. I fixed a problem where it would reset your options each time you went to the admin page. I’ve also implemented support for ma.gnolia.com thanks to their support department sending me the code.

You can download from the Project Page. Complete (and hopefully user friendly) instructions are there as well.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)

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I’m coining a new term…

Dear Reader,

I’m going to add a new term to the online lexicon. (Hey, I can’t write new code EVERY DAY!)

Blogger-circle-jerk – verb
1: The act of one A-List blogger blogging about another A-List blogger like it’s news.
i.e. this.

C’mon guys, if you’ve got to blog about other bloggers, how about a hand-out to those of us out on the long-tail?

Note, this blog entry is not blogsterbation because I am not an A-List blogger. This would be more like blog-whoring. Talking about an A-List blogger in a D-List blog in hopes that they will link to me.

Now, go out there and use your new vocabulary words three times today.

Update:
Aparently I didn’t invent the word. Others have used it in different contexts. So instead of blogsterbation, I’m changing it to “Blogger circle-jerk”

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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BlogBling General Update

Dear Reader,

This is for all of you who use my blogbling plugins. I’m in the process of updating them all. I’ve updated WP-NOTABLE and WP-ESBN and WP-FATTER but the rest will be updated soon. The reason for the update is that it was pointed out to me that the plugins that ran in the_loop were causing a lot of hits on the database. I’m updating them all to be more database friendly.

Also, I’ve recently updated to WordPress 2.0.2 All plugins seem to be working fine. The only thing I had to do was check my ESBN options, for some reason, they did not survive the deactivate/Activate. I’ll look into that.

To the best of my knowledge all of the ones recently updates are now working correctly. Feel free to correct me on this.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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Notable Update

Dear Reader,

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to artificially inflate my stats by releasing yet another update to one of my plugins. Many thanks to badrad (sorry, I don’t have a link to your blog) for pointing out to me that in it’s original form, it was making 12 calls to the database for each story, on each page load! While I’m working on reducing that number to 1 per page load, currently, I have it down to 1 per story.

Also, thanks to Faber at smarking.com. He took it upon himself to figure out the plugin and send me the code necessary to include his service. That was very nice of him. Since I had to re-write anyhow, I decided to re-write the part that adds new services in to make it easier for others to add them in. If you have a social bookmarking service and want to be included, either grab the code and send me the updates and a correctly sized graphic or just send me the graphic and your API. (HINT: Those who do the work themselves get included faster.)

Oh, the code now generates span tag around each element with both a class and an id. The project page includes some basic instructions to create an effect.

Anyhow, now that you are complete bored, head over to the project page and grab the latest version. The page gives Install as well as UPGRADE instructions.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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