I’m in the final stages of polishing Bloggers Market; have been for the past couple of weeks. It just took me six months! Like anyone else; I don’t know maybe just me …….. I saved the best for last. Everything is where it should be except for Bloggers Toolbox.
Bloggers Toolbox started as a collection of tools, better expressed as a collection of websites where you could fine-tune your Blog. It was a killer project. I’m actually running a PHP Script inside of a page, which if you have understanding you would know that PHP does not or will not natively nest within a WordPress post or page ( neither will Java for that matter … what’s-up with that ? ).
Oh joy ………..
Taking A Fresh Look At Things
As I took another look at the remaining work needing to be done to finish the project, which entailed writing a script that would insert your Blogs URL into all of the sites that you chose to visit, I started noticing that a lot had changed since I last worked on the project, which was about 8 months ago. Had it not been for my template blowing-up, I would have finished the project long before now.
To establish the proper links, I first installed my URL and then ran tests to make sure everything worked. Now the only thing left to do is to make sure when you place your URL in the top of the page and press the enter button, it will process your information instead of Bloggers Market. That’s kinda where I left things at the end of last year.
The Only Constant Is Change
As I prepared to write the script, I once again wanted to check the integrity of the links involved and so I started to run them down one by one. Goodness I could hardly recognize my own work. I couldn’t even recognize why I wanted to take my readers to the sites that I was now looking at.
Well one or two wouldn’t be so bad. However, almost all of the links had changed significantly or were just out-right broken over the past several months. The tool as I had it envisioned was not what I was looking at ….. in the least. All these cool tools and the owners just closed-up shop one night and never bothered to come back. Leaving me with a mess.
That’s one of the things I really hate about the Internet is that so many cool sites come and go. I thought at one time it was a problem that was unique to Blogging.
It Might Be A Good Idea To Check For Broken Links
Now I’m sure that you know by now …… even if you are a newbie that you need to check your outbound links to make sure that everything is just so. I do this about once every couple of weeks. It’s quick when I check on the homepage, it’s a little bit more of a challenge when I have to check the posts. And yes, I do check the links within my posts well after I have written the post. There is even a cool little Plug-in that will do the work for you if you so desire. However, be forewarned this plug-in is not for the faint of heart. It can give false positives and disables your Blog while in process mode.
At the end of the day, all of the broken links and changes at the sites within the Bloggers Toolbox may well have spelled an end to this project. I’m going to take a very close look at this in the next few weeks and by the time you read this, I might very well have removed the project all together as I just don’t have the time to keep-up the page and I don’t need this making me look bad and frustrating my readers.
We live and learn I guess. And it was such a cool idea ……..