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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sorry About the Lockdown

Don't get me wrong - I love Pinterest. I've got 1,000 ish pins of awesomeness collected on my account and I thank the zillions of websites that lend those pictures so I can link back to their sites.

Thanks to their new terms of service, which are more clear and try to respect intellectual property rights, I'm going to remove the script that prevents pinning from this site. I do ask, however, that if you pin something to please retain the linking back to this blog for ownership purposes. Kthx. :)

If you would like to add "no pin script" to your blog, here is how you can do it. In Blogger's dashboard, click on template. From there, you'll see a picture of your blog's main page and a picture of the mobile site (if you have one activated). Under the picture of your main page, it says edit HTML - click on it. A warning will pop up asking "are you super sure you want to mess with this because if you fuck it up you will fuck up your entire website beyond fixability." Click proceed.

You're going to see a bunch of mumbo jumbo crazy talk with a lot of these < and these > going on. Towards the top, you'll see the word "head" surrounded by carrots. Directly under that, copy and paste the following into that spot and hit save.

This will prevent pinning to your blog. To remove it, just delete it from the template. Nice and easy. While in your template, be VERY careful not to mess with anything. It really will screw up your entire blog and you'll need to start from scratch. If you're nervous about messing it up, copy and paste a copy of your template in a Word document until you're sure everything is working.

The other safe guard I recently put up, but will be keeping is the no right click script. If you think about it, with Pinterest enabled, there really isn't a reason for anyone to be right clicking and saving pictures on this blog.

Here's how to enable that function. Back on Blogger's dashboard, click on layout. You'll see the bare bones layout of your blog with all of the widgets and text areas. Choose to create a new widget on your side bar - the Java/HTML generic one. Leave the title blank and in the text box, copy and paste the following into the box.

The words "function disabled" within the script is the message that pops up when someone tries to save a picture. You can change this message by deleting the words "function disabled" and adding your own message between the quotes. Be polite. ;-)

There you have it folks. Two ways to protect the content on your blog. I understand that as a blogger, I'm putting myself out there including pictures and stories about my family, but not everyone on the big bad world wide web respects privacy. So, feel free to pin again, stick to pinning ettiquette, and sorry about the no right clicking.

If you have any questions about these two features, please let me know!

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