This time I'm going to give a little talk about WORD VERIFICATION (the evil captcha) and I'll also walk you through how to use the Linky Follower Tool. Finally I'll show you how to use Mr. Linky, the meme tool that allows your readers to link up to your blog for challenges and such.
Ok, first my little spiel about word verification. I am a word verification free blog site. I don't want to inadvertently annoy any lovely commenters with superfluous anti-spam measures. Blogger does a wonderful job of filtering out offensive comments (I've heard, since I've never actually had the privilege of getting one) and someday if my blog has so many loyal followers that I collect some complainers then I'll add comment moderation. I'm betting that'll never be necessary, not that I won't grow to be über popular but that anyone would want to make a rude comment seems just silly, lol!
I know that it's possible that something heinous will get by both Blogger and me but I'd rather not annoy the (hopefully) thousands of people who are kind enough to comment for the possibility of one troubling commenter. I'm thinking that you, my reader, will thank the Gods for no strange, s t r e t c h e d out, blurry words that look like a drunk person wrote them. When I'm on a blog, I hate having to guess at these words just to say something encouraging, something I don't HAVE to do. In fact, many times I'm very tempted to leave when I encounter the dreaded word verification. So, I am very happy to say I'm a WORD VERiFiCATiON FREE blog because I don't want to lose you.
Please, no offense to those who want to use verification on their blogs, go for it, it's your blog. You just won't have to do that here. You're welcome. ;o)
Ok, now, if you want to join the WORD VERiFiCATiON FREE revolution then here's what you do. Go to your Design page (back room) by clicking in the upper right hand corner on "design". It'll look like this, so you'll know you're in the right place...
|I'm using a blog I've just started with a friend...|
Ok, so now, if you look, you can change how your blog deals with comments. To change the word verification you want to click "show word verification?" and choose NO (as I have above). If you're still worried about spam or bad comments getting through you can put on "Comment Moderation", which means that you'll get an email for every comment and you'll have to tell blogger that it's ok to show it. I don't think it's necessary but if you want it the choose Always and it'll ask you to type in your email address that you want each comment to be sent so you can moderate them. Remember to click "SAVE SETTINGS" in the upper right hand corner of the page (not shown in picture above for space reasons). That's it, easy peasy!! Now your a word verification free blog too and we LOVE you for it!!
On to adding the Linky Follower Tool to your site! First, click on this link when your ready to do all the following steps. To the right is the page you'll see the linky page you'll land on first when you click the link above. Click the "Sign Up - It's Free" button at the bottom of the page. Funny enough, you'll land on a word verification page to prove you're human, fill in the word and click "Validate". You're now on a page where they want your particulars. Fill in your email address (later you'll be able to choose NOT to have that show), pick an email that will be valid and you can get access to. Fill in your name and a thumbnail message. I've thought of this a lot, your thumbnail message is the short message that appears when anyone mouses over or hovers over your little avatar picture that will be in any linky tool you sign up to. I put "Jenn @ www.JustAddWaterSilly.com" because I want people to know it's me AND, more important, MY BLOG ADDRESS. So, if anyone mouses over my pic, wondering who I am it says I own the blog Just Add Water Silly! After you put your message, then pick a password you'll remember (minimum of four characters). Click continue.
Now you want to put your blog name and blog address. If I were signing up Just Add Water Silly I'd put:
If you actually don't have a blog but want to be able to sign up with other people's blogs as a follower then check the box at the bottom saying you don't have a blog. Now click continue.
Now you're on a page that says the following:
|NOTE:||When you click the button below:|
Onward and upward, people! Let's teach you how to add Mr. Linky to any blog post. Mr. Linky is a cool little tool that allows your readers to sign up for your challenges etc. by adding their link to a Mr. Linky tool. A Mr. Linky Platinum subscription can be purchased for $10/year and this allows you to use the most sophisticated and easy linkies that are offered. Silver and Gold subscriptions are also offered but I just love the copy/paste ease of the Platinum subscription! If you're doing sign up type things on your site this subscription is seriously worth it. I'll show you how to use your platinum subscription as that's what I have. I'd go through the sign up with you but I'd have to purchase again and I don't want to do that!!
Ok, once you have your subscription (you can still use Mr. Linkies for free, just not the totally easy copy/paste ones) then go to the widgets site, it's a green page with tabs at the top. Click the second on, "wizard". Now you're on the page with all the different kinds of linkies. It looks like this...
- Button Linkies
- Original Auto Linkies
- Easy Linkies
- Pop-up Comments
- BlenzaPlus (for Wordpress Platforms)
- Thumb Linkies
|this is what the Mr. Linky looks like in a draft blog post. It will look normal when the blog post is live.|
Just in case you missed it, here are the last several posts, including APR for this week. Our challenge is "Ink, Pen & Parchment/Paper". To go to the post, just click on the icon!
|Poet's Desktop Study||Artist's Play Room #19|