So, I have been thinking of removing my NetworkedBlogs and Linky widgets. Honestly, my main motivation is because the Linky widget code is very poorly made (Linky’s fault) and throws four 404 errors on every page you visit. This happens on my blog every time you refresh the page, and any other blog that has a Linky widget code installed. As a web developer, that pisses me off. But that’s not the point…
Click here if you want to read a funny, random story about those 404 errors
A couple of weeks ago, I turned on a certain feature on my security plugin. This feature would temporarily ban someone from visiting my blog if they got too many 404 errors in a certain period of time. You would enable this if you know for a fact that you don’t have any broken links. Because then the only way someone would get a 404 error would be if they were navigating to your site directly and misspelled the URL (would only happen once or twice in a given visit), or if the person was scanning your site for vulnerabilities (to try to hack you). So the goal is to lock out people who might be trying to find vulnerabilities in your blog installation.
Here’s where it gets good…
Because of the stupid Linky error, EVERYONE automatically get four 404 errors on every single page refresh. You don’t see them (you don’t get to a page that actually says “404 Error”, but they’re there. You can see them if you open up your developer console. So at one point, I actually got locked out of my own blog…… I had to go into the database and manually remove my lockout entry.
So the moral of the story is: Linky sucks balls.
Also, if you were affected during this period where I was banning people for getting 404 errors, I sincerely apologize and I hope we can still be friends. ♥
I originally added Linky and NetworkedBlogs because I liked numbers.
I was a bit of a followers whore. I liked numbers. I liked seeing that people were following me! But then I realized… when I follow someone via Linky or NetworkedBlogs, it’s solely for a giveaway. If I actually want to ‘follow’ a blog and keep up with new posts, I subscribe via e-mail or in an RSS reader. That’s the only way. I never check my NetworkedBlogs/Linky dashboards for new posts (do those even exist? I don’t even know).
Now, I care more about subscribers than numbers.
I think I’ve grown up a little bit, and now I don’t really care as much about ‘showing off’ numbers. I also don’t care about having silly subscription methods that people won’t even use to properly subscribe to my blog! I only really care about keeping the methods that people will actually use if they legitimately want to follow me, rather than the methods people might only use for giveaways.
But let’s not be hasty..
But before I go ahead and remove these features, I want to check to see if anyone actually does use NetworkedBlogs/Linky to subscribe to Nose Graze. For those of you who have followed Nose Graze on NB/Linky, do you actually use those outlets to view new Nose Graze posts? Or did you only follow me there as a way to say “Hey, I’ve followed you”?
Let’s not make this only about me.
Okay so far this has all been “me me me”, “Nose Graze Nose Graze Nose Graze “, “how do you follow me“. More generally speaking, how do you like to follow blogs? If you decide that you like a certain blog and want to receive new posts, what is your preferred method of subscribing? Do you like to get e-mail updates? Do you prefer RSS readers? Or do you use some other method? I’d kind of like to exclude GFC since that’s so “the standard” for Blogger blogs. It’s also slightly different because it can automatically add the blog to a RSS reader. Also because it’s limited to Blogger and I don’t use blogger… 😛
Your answer doesn’t have to be specifically for Nose Graze ; I’m just asking about in general! But if you do keep up with Nose Graze via NetworkedBlogs/Linky, I’d appreciate it if you could let me know.
- Email/RSS subscription (52 votes, 69%)
- I manually check the blog every day (16 votes, 21%)
- NetworkedBlogs (5 votes, 7%)
- Linky (2 votes, 3%)