Ooohhh, My Aching Brain!

Over the past few nights I’ve been working on websites and concentrating on code so hard that my brain hurts.

First I resumed customizing my blog template. The zeros in the blogroll have bugged me since I got the template but I don’t know php so trying to find them has been like looking for a needle in a haystack… blindfolded! In between failed attempts I made other to the template – it was that or throw my laptop out the window. I figured out how to delete “Posted by Admin” under every post title. Look above… see… it’s gone! Go me! And I figured out how to change the date so instead of “Oct 17th” it has the whole month and I added the year. See? Isn’t that much better? Go me again! And after many hours of work I finally figured out where those blasted zeros are coming from! Yippee!! Go go go me! Now I just need to find where that blasted code is, and delete it. Bwaa haa haa!

Secondly I discovered that almost all the Zany Zebra pages that had been indexed in Google totally disappeared since the last time I checked. There are only two lonely little pages sitting all alone in that huge white space and looking very sad. I spent hours trying to figure out why… and I’m still not sure. It seems to have something to do with the robots.txt file – that’s the file that tells robots what to do when they crawl the site – but I’m not sure what. Sigh. I do know that I need more incoming links so I finished a page that’s been almost-done for a while: How to Wash Cloth Diapers. Warning, shameless begging ahead… Check it out, and if you like it please consider linking to it. Pretty please with sugar and a cherry on top?

Then yesterday I discovered a site that had copied my Free Diaper Patterns page word for word. I was shocked! Shocked and a little flattered that someone liked my page enough to copy it. Here are screenshots to compare:
Screenshot 1
ZZD 1

Screenshot 2
ZZD 2
Pretty close, isn’t it? It actually was exact to my original page, but I’d made updates before discovering the copy. The funny thing is that they didn’t change anything so their page had a link to MY contact page!

I sent them a “cease and desist” email and they took their page down soon after. I’m glad I didn’t have to pursue it further, but I’ll keep an eye on things…

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Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving I want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for all of you, my family and friends. Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts, and for leaving comments so I know you’re out there. If you haven’t left a comment yet, what are you waiting for? Jump in and say something – I promise it won’t hurt a bit.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day and can think of a ton of things to be thankful for.

Amy Sue

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