One Year Blogisversary and a New Feature

Feb 26th was our one year blogisversary. I didn’t post about it, but it was on my mind. Then yesterday we had good friends from out of town visiting. I pulled up the blog and we went back through some of the highlights together and I realized again how much I enjoy blogging, how it’s like the best scrapbook I could make of the dogs’ progress. Some highs and some lows, but over all a record of a year long journey that I’m so glad to have.

Those of you who have been reading for the longest have seen the highs and lows, and I want to thank everyone for their words of encouragement over the last year. I hope to keep learning from you all for many years to come!

It’s been a slow blogging week since I have been using my little bits of computer time to set up a Facebook page.

I thought this would be a fun way to share shorter bits of training and more day to day living info with all the readers we so love hearing from.

You can follow the link here or in the sidebar to ‘like’ our new page.

Of course the blog will stay the same, but with spring coming, us spending more time outside, Maizey and Magnus both being in class, gardening to get done and walking challenges to get caught up on I’m finding it harder to post as much as I’d like. Hopefully the FB page will let me stay connected with everyone although with shorter bits of info.

The blog posts will be syndicated there also, so it’s a very easy way to not miss any posts. Please don’t forget to hop over here frequently though as I love all the comments and advice I get here.

Blogging has turned out to be a wonderful way for me to share the lessons I love so much, and I’ve discovered a wonderful way to learn from so many talented dog trainers around the world. I hope the FB page will be equally fun for us all to keep in touch and help each other keep learning all those 4legged lessons!

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We Were Splogged!

I had to take a brief hiatus from blogging this week to learn about splogging.

A splog is a spam blog where someone takes content from your blog and reproduces it for the purpose of increasing traffic to their blog without actually doing any of the work.

Unfortunately I was splogged this week. Fortunately I was splogged by someone that apparently didn’t realize what they were doing was illegal and was very cooperative to remove the ten posts they had plagiarized and posted on their site.

It was a shock to click a pingback and find 10 of my posts on someone elses blog, along with randomly inserted pictures that were out of context and not one link, not one word of credit given to me.

Lessons From and For 4 Legs is all original content. It’s not like I think it’s the most important, life changing information out there, but it’s a creative process that by law is my property. Needless to say I didn’t react to the shock of having it stolen very well.

I always appreciate the people who think our experiences are worth siting on their blogs. I appreciate it even more when they give credit and links where due.

However, it can be a nightmare to resolve getting splogged so there are a few measures you can take to protect your blog.

Of course at the top of the list is a site wide copyright line. Mine is at the bottom of the page, you can also insert a copyright line to every post. RSS feeds are notorious for getting splogged so including excerpts, or summaries, can help protect you that way. Copyrights on all photo’s are something I have been lazy about, but will now be included.

Thankfully this was an easy fix for me, but plagiarism in the blogisphere is becoming more and more prevalent. It’s good to know how to protect these stories we share.

For us its back to Training Levels training, eye doctor appointments for the squinty eyed Maizey, some big Magnus news is in the works, and coming soon an actual Walking Challenge update. Got your miles started yet? Count them up we are ready to hear all the exciting walking stories!

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Please Pardon Our Dust

Due to recent technical difficulties I am making some changes.

Please be patient and check back frequently since you never know what may show up in the next couple of days!

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A Trial Run On Comments at Lessons From and For 4 Legs

Since making the change to our new address I have had much invaluable help. You know who you are, and I thank you! I also have had many questions about new features and while I don’t have all the answers I hope to keep working out the kinks little by little.

In that vein, I ask for all of your help as I try a new commenting system. It is the Disqus (a clever(?)  play on the word discuss) comment system.

Some features? A thumbs up thumbs down button for likes and dislikes. A much more dynamic sign in system, if you would like. But if not the login can be done after you hit the post as button with an option at that point to follow the comments by email.

Another potentially cool option is the subscribe by email and RSS feed buttons that are part of the comments box.

As for the top commenters  widget, I’m not sure how that works yet, but leave me comments on how this all works for you and we will find out! Seriously though any feedback would be appreciated! Really what’s a blog with out all your thoughts and comments!

Oh yah, thanks in advance for your patience while we try this out!

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