Widgets...Can Be Hazardous to You and Your Readers!

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

WARNING:  THIS POST CONTAINS INFORMATION THAT WILL BE UN-SUITABLE TO BLOGGERS AND VIEWERS IF YOU OVERDOSE YOUR BLOG WITH WIDGETS ON ACTIVE RAIN!  

 Well I finally did it!  Pushed the envelope!  Went over the edge, maxed out, and crashed my Active Rain Blog!  As many of you know, I am kinda techy, and love to share my Widgets, Gadgets, and What-cha-ma-callits with others!  On my previous post, Broker Bryant commented that it was taking a ton of time to load my blog on his screen, and that the cookies were killing him. (Mine, not TLW's) LOL  I made some wisecrack about him needing to get a new computer or something like that. (lovingly of course)

Many of you know Jeff Turner.  He comes up with some great techy stuff too.  So I am always snooping around his Blog to see what he'll do next. I have to say, the Bubble Guru and the Gizmo head were very fun and entertaining, however they do make your Blog bog down if you have as many as I did. 

 Well last night, I went and added this little Widget below to my blog. (bottom of this post)  It was the straw that broke the camel's back.  That little puppy was all my Active Rain Blog could take.  When I went to reply to my comments tonight, my Blog was just a plain blank white screen.  I thought AR was down.  Then, I got an email from Teri Ellis saying she couldn't get into my blog.  Now I'm really starting to have a freak out episode... 

Frantically, I go into my personal settings, remove some of my widgets, say a short little prayer, and BAM, still no Blog.  Now I am totally in a state of panic!!  I'm thinkin someone's hacked into my Blog!!  Or maybe AR has given me the boot for some unknown reason.  So I go back into my settings, and kill almost half my widgets and gadgets, hit save, and then refresh my browser.  OH MY GOSH!  Still just a blank white screen, absolutely nothing!  My Blog was GONE!!!  :-(

 By this time, I have a HUGE VEIN popping out of my forehead, and I am totally RED from my hairline, all the way down to my chest.  I'm soaked with perspiration, my eyes welling up in tears, so I tear off my sweaty shirt and do the only thing I know left to do.  I call another member from my Associates list!  And guess who I called?  Yep, Colleen Kulikowski. 

I dial the number as quickly as possible, still continuously hitting the refresh button like it's some kind of a "pinch me, I'm in a dream" button, (I mean nightmare)  I listen intently for her to answer her phone.  One ring.....two rings.....then three.... and I can't believe it, I get her voice-mail.  (She always answers her phone)  I'm thinkin CRAP, (that's not really what I was thinking) should I hang up?  No, she probably has caller id and I'd be busted. LOL  (she's pretty techy too ya know)

 I start leaving her this whiny message  "why isn't my Blog coming up when everyone else's is working fine?"  I get half way through my next sentence and Whah-Lah, my Blog appears on my monitor's screen!  Oh My Gosh!!!  So I calmly and politely dismiss myself from her voice-mail, and decide immediately,  to do this post.  This all took place in about 10 - 15 minutes or there abouts.   (It could have been an hour for all I know)

OK, I deserved it!  I had over 30 widgets and gadgets on my blog!  I was using them as a showcase to help other friends and members see which ones that they liked.  Then they could add them to their blogs.  Kinda like a "Brad's Window Shopping" display.  Well, I guess enough was enough.  Now I have about half of them left.  

 I have learned in life that everything has a limit.  It doesn't stop me from pushin the envelope, that's just how I am, but this did teach me where the lines and limits were, here on Active Rain.  You know me, always trying to find ways to amuse, educate and entertain readers and viewers. 

The moral of this post and story is, don't put too many widgets and gadgets in your green and yellow baskets.
This guy below pretty much chopped down my cherry tree, and sent my blog over the edge!!  LOL  I thought it was kinda funny and ironic what it said below his picture when I was done.   :-)

 

                                                                                                               
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Rainmaker
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Janie Coffey
First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty - Ponte Vedra, FL
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Hi Brad, thanks for the feedback on the Join Active Rain Widget. Yes, I am a widget hound, that is our next AR Betty Ford Group! Hahah!
Jun 24, 2007 02:23 PM #33
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Ray Saenz
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Hey Brad, I like the idea what you do, I love to share techy stuff when I can too, :) I love technology and I am always looking ways how to do more efficients our duties with techy stuff.

this blog should be featured,  you have my 5 star my friend

 

Jun 24, 2007 05:25 PM #34
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Janie - widgets are cool!...how much to join your group?  I think I'll need a lifetime membership!!  :-)
I think we can entertain all the Betty Ford AR members, we could just weave widgets all day long!!

Jun 24, 2007 07:29 PM #35
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Hey Ray - I have had many of my post "featured" and appreciate your comment. Now it's time to get some of the new people on the "Cover of Rolling Stone". There are so many good bloggers joining AR, it's nice to see them up there too! Glad you liked this one, thanks for the 5, and do keep in touch. 

BTW - I replied to your email this evening, I hope the info I sent you helps!!  LMK

Jun 24, 2007 07:38 PM #36
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Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
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When you feel like you're having a dry blog day just bring out the cat and post something, anything...watch the comments rooolll in!
Jun 25, 2007 03:40 AM #37
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Jeff - that's cute! In other words, just call "here kitty kitty kitty, and they'll come running!!"   LOL :-)

Jun 25, 2007 04:52 AM #38
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Colleen Kulikowski
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I missed this one!   I remember calling you back.....
Jul 05, 2007 01:47 AM #39
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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Brad...

I just had to come in here and LMAO...Sorry. I just can't help it :)

You had so many widgets that your blog has actually crashed my IE on several occasions.

Glad you have come to the realization that when it comes to AR...Less...Is More. More or less :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 05, 2007 01:56 AM #40
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Colleen, no worries, it's more comical now that I think back on it...besides, if I didn't fix it, TLW wouldn't have come back to ROAR like she did above!  Sometimes we have to change things for the needs of one instead of the needs for many.  I hope you didn't think I was upset that I got your VM.... It just put me over the edge to get it fixed.... You know me, the escrow guy by day...the Gadget Man Blogger by night! :-)
Jul 05, 2007 03:41 AM #41
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Thanks TLW - out of the 3000 comments I have received on my posts, yours and Broker B were the only one's referrencing the widgets and them slowing down your systems.  In fact, I have many comment on which ones they liked and wanted help putting them on their page.  It took this crash and your comment to get me to realize that the AR server can only handle so much!  Also, I am running a new HP M7760n that is actually faster than me, and didn't realize others may be running less powerful systems.  So thanks for ROARING and bringing to my attention. 

ALL WIDGETS ARE NOW ON A ROTATIONAL SCHEDULE 
CHECK BACK TO SEE WHAT WIDGET IS BEING FEATURED ON:

"BRAD'S WIDGET SHOWCASE"

Jul 05, 2007 03:50 AM #42
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Alex Bautista
Hathaway Real Estate Group - Lacey, WA
Lewis-McChord & Fort Lewis Area Real Estate
Brad, that was a funny story. I always enjoy reading your post. I'm glad everything worked out for you at the end.
Jul 05, 2007 04:31 AM #43
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 Brad, you are funny.  Sorry I am not laughing at you but with you (I hope).

Well, I am sure you have learned something from this episode and will continue to share your learnings with us.

Here I was begging to know how to do the jaxtr and/or jingl and whatever else in widgets because I could not figure out how to get them on my posts or on the right side of my blog page under my photo.  And no one would let me know how to do it and I felt left out.

I still want to know how to do it, but I now know how to use them sparingly. lol

 

GET YOURSELF TOGETHER FOR MY CELEBRATION coming up soon. Well not until Sunday so I can get 200 points for my 100th post! 'cause I is gonna celebration and I hope to get comments to help me out. But I will admit right now that I am somewhat already disappointed that I have almost written 100 posts and not one of them came close to a feature post.  What's a girl gotta do to be featured?

Jul 05, 2007 06:10 AM #44
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Alex -nice to get a laugh once in a while at another members expense huh?  LOL!  It is funny now, but I really was a freaking out blogger at the time!  :-)
Jul 05, 2007 11:51 AM #45
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Rosemary - if you want to get featured, you have to try something different.  First, you should read my most recent post entitled "5 Principles for an Effective Post!"  that will give you a head start. 

Regarding the jaxtr widget, just go to their webpage, create the widget (they walk you right thru it) then copy the html code from jaxtr to your settings "description" box located on your "My Home" page in AR.  If this is all to confusing, only 2 things you need to know....

#1 - pick up your phone

#2 - call Brad for all your resource needs.

If I don't have the answers, I'll find them, or someone who does! That's how I Roll!!  Big Smile!   :-)

Jul 05, 2007 11:56 AM #46
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Bud Hammerton
Moore & Associates - Waxhaw, NC
Brad - Although your widgets are interesting/amusing they are sometimes annoying/distracting. I hope your personal website isn't as busy as your AR blog is?
Jul 08, 2007 01:32 AM #47
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Hey Bud - always great to have someone elses perspective and opinion, I sure appreciate that.  I did use to have a ton of widgets for people to play with or add to their blogs, use to get tons of comments regarding how much they liked em.  Then this happen...."The Big Crash"

Now, maybe you didn't notice, but there are only 4 widgets on my blog.  The other graphics on my page are either links, meters, or animated gifs.  Of those, there is only 1 animated gif, and the TopBlogSpot counters.  I hope you don't find these too annoying or distracting.  They are needed to track my placement in the Real Estate Blogosphere.  I have removed 12 other widgets, 6 animated gifs, and the Meez, Polldaddy and NEWS feed from my blog.  You'll see many members have those, so for them, you'll just have to build a bridge and get over it!  (big smile)

I do hope you'll check out my website at www.FirstAm.com , I'd love to hear your comments about that one too! Thanks for taking the time, and please check my blog again, I think you'll find it much less annoying or distracting now!!~  :-)

Jul 08, 2007 04:08 AM #48
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Bud Hammerton
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Brad, your business site is very professional, although I am not a big fan of extra small type, preferring slightly larger serif typefaces for readability. I do understand that blogs are a personal manifestation of oneself and as such we tend to over-exaggerate our creative side. No need to explain your usage of widgets, I was just expressing a personal opinion.
Jul 08, 2007 07:11 AM #49
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Thanks Bud, your opinion is respected and appreciated, it's great to live in America where you won't get shot or hung for sharing it!!  :-)   This "Buds" for you!!  Now I'm off to check out your blog, so as I can give you some of my personal opinions as well, care to join me for the guided tour.... LOL!!

You realize my expectations are going to be a little higher than average, based on your comments here.... :-) Thanks Bud!!~

Jul 08, 2007 02:37 PM #50
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Linda Reynolds
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I'm glad you got your blog back and didn't resort to the guy to trashed his computer.  That would have only made matters worse, no computer, no blogging.
Jul 08, 2007 11:00 PM #51
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Linda - hahahaha, you watched the video, isn't that funny?  No, i was not that upset, just a mild case of panic, I'm ok now!!  LOL!  Thanks.
Jul 09, 2007 11:57 AM #52
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