Lots of odds and ends today.
Several of you mentioned that you don’t know what hotlinking is. Here’s a webpage that gives a very good explanation of it: http://www.webweaver.nu/html-tips/hotlinking.shtml
I no longer have problems with people hotlinking photos on the wendyknits.net domain because my service provider has a hotlinking switch in the control panel for the site. If you turn it off, when people hotlink to an image on your site, it will not display on their site. (Though, actually, I’m considering moving my photos to Flickr so you can click on them and get a larger one in a new window without using up Wendyknits bandwidth. I just need to sign up for a Flickr paid account, as I know I’d blow through the bandwidth limits on the free account very quickly.)
This is not the same as linking to a site. You can always put a link on your site to this site, or a particular page on this site. When a person clicks on that link, it takes them to the specified page on this site.
There was a question about how I know when people have downloaded my photos without permission and posted them on their sites or in a Flickr set. Mostly, it’s because I stumble across them.
How can you tell if someone is hotlinking to your site? It’ll show up in your site statistics. Look to see if your images are getting a lot more hits than your pages are.
For example, on my wendyjohnson.net domain, I just ran a report for the month of May so far. I have a page with photos of Wallace & Gromit toys. That page got 423 hits so far this month. One of the images on that page got 629 hits so far this month, so I’m pretty sure that people are hotlinking to it.
One solution is to change the name of the image on your site so that people who hotlink to the image with the old name will just get an error.
ETA: Comments were down completely last night (and I couldn’t log into MT at all) and after I finally got through to tech support for my web host this morning, they fixed the problem — permissions had mysteriously been set to deny access?? Arrrgggh. So the comments are “working” again — in the same half-*ssed way described below. They can’t figure out what the problem is there. Sigh.
Something is definitely kaflooey with the comments here. When you leave a comment and click on “post” the page takes forever to load, and then you get a blank page or a “page not found” error. But when this happens, the comment is posted. Highly annoying, and I’m afraid I do not know why this is happening. I have an idea it has something to do with the Movable Type spam filters, but can’t find any documentation on this. If any MovableType gurus out there have any idea, I’d be most grateful if you could contact me.
On a related note, my website host offers WordPress. I have from time to time toyed with the idea of moving my blog to WordPress but I tend to break out into a cold sweat thinking about it,considering the size of my blog archives. Have any of you successfully moved a Movable Type (mine is version 3.2) blog to WordPress (I have version 2.0.2 available to me)?
New Online Magazine
Have you checked out Spindle and Wheel yet? It focuses on spinning but plans to include other fiber arts as well. The site will feature tutorials and patterns and has an online forum as well.
Yarn Pr0n! Yarn Pr0n!
From top left, two sock yarns and some yummy roving from Lime & Violet.
Included was a subversive little note to Lucy — something about the revolution when animals take over the world. I didn’t get to look at it for more than half a second before Lucy snatched it out of my hands and hid it. Hmmmmmm.
And from The Loopy Ewe, more Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Raspberry, Stone Barn Fibers in Lamurple and Poison Ivy, and the Knittery’s wool/cashmere blend in Mist and Sea Breeze.
And speaking of yarn pr0n:
I’m working on the mate to each of the completed socks I showed in yesterday’s blog entry. Here’s the Grasshopper.
And here’s the Summerfield:
Incidentally, for those of you who are interested in doing a sock toe-up with the gusset slipstitch heel, check out Widdershins, from Knitty. That pattern is constructed in this manner.
Something a little different this week. I have a set of all four Flip Knit books to give away. You can read about them here.
If you would like the set of four Flip Knits books, send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday May 20, and I will, as usual, use the random number generator to pick a recipient.
Stop blogging and play with me!