I have good news and I have bad news as far as creating a script for the AW Chain blogrolls is concerned. But first, I think I’ll provide a bit of an explanation.
A script such as I’m talking about would look something like this:
To be used, it would need to be placed on a user’s blog or website.
When that page is accessed, the script sends a command to the location mentioned, ie http://www.lmashton.com/fff/ to access the script called fff2.php.
That script will (depending on what’s in the script, of course, but we’re going with this for an example) then fetch the contents and display them on the page where the script exists, ie your page. It displays a blogroll of all participants in Flash Fiction Friday 2. People are added to that blogroll, ie to the script, as they sign up with their completed flash fiction piece. They’re added by the person in charge of the script – me. As each person in the chain does their post and provides a permalink, the person in command of the script, me, updates the script to reflect the permalink. You, the one who’s using that script, can watch the blogroll update itself with no further intervention on your part. You pasted the script on your page once, and that’s all you had to do.
Every time that page is accessed, the script accesses the information and provides an up to date blogroll.
Scripts can do other things as well, but those are beyond the scope of this discussion.
The script for FFF was an attempt to make it easier for our less tech savvy participants to painlessly keep the blogroll listing for each FFF they participated in up todate.
The good news is that the script works,and very well.
The bad news is that, if your blog is hosted by a blog hosting company, such as blogspot or WordPress or LiveJournal, then you can’t add the script to the body of a blog entry.
The good news is that you could add it to your sidebar.
The bad news is that if you participate in 20 such events, you’ve got a very very very long sidebar.
The possibly good news is that I might be able to figure out how to do a compact scrollable list. In reality, this probably involves bribing Fahim, but that’s doable.
To me, a simple solution is for those of you who are on hosted blogs to move those blogs to your own domain. But hey, I’m biased.
The more I learn about the limitations within the hosted blogs, the more irritated I am by them. OTOH, I don’t actually blog with any of them, so I won’t be pulling out the knife any time soon. But I do feel really really bad for those of you who are using blogging solutions that restrict you so much.
Another solution is for me to provide both the script and the .html code for those of you who have to do it manually, ie, can’t use the script. The bad news for you is that, in that situation, you would have to keep updating that list.
That’s the longer version of why the script isn’t working for many of you.
- Flash Fiction Rules of Participation
- the new flash fiction friday script code
- Flash Fiction Friday #1
- Flash Fiction Friday 2
- Flash Fiction Friday 5
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