Bloggers of Ontario Webring Home Page

(UPDATE: January 28, 2008): The Bloggers of Ontario webring is has, for the past few months, stopped accepting new applicants, due to an overwhelming number of spam applications received from spammers. The problem is such that notification e-mails from RingSurf are routinely caught by spam filters and thus are kept from my notice. If you are still interested in joining the webring, please follow the steps below, and then drop me an e-mail to let me know that you’re waiting.

Now, onto the meat of this article:

Welcome to the Bloggers of Ontario Webring, powered by RingSurf. The Bloggers of Ontario are an association of blogs located in Ontario or written by Ontarians. It’s as simple as that. If you would like to join, please answer take the following test to see if you fit our strict criteria:

  1. Do you own a blog?
  2. Is your blog located in Ontario or were you born an Ontarian?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these two questions, congratulations! You qualify! (Here’s a list of active members)

Joining takes a few more steps.

Step One: Applying Your Code

First of all, you need to have the webring code in a prominent place in your blog. I have to be firm about this. There are few things more frustrating about surfing through a webring suddenly hitting a dead end. So, as your acceptance into the webring is purely manual (i.e., by me), I need to see your code before you put it in.

Now, RingSurf is not exactly feature rich. It only allowed me to put in one default webring code, and it’s clunky. So, I’ve created this page to give you more options. So, please copy and paste one of the following two codes into an easily accessible page on your website.

This Code:

<table border=”0” width=”400”>
<table border=”1” width=”399”>
<tr><td width=”81”>
<a href=””>
<img src=”” border=”0” height=”50” width=”80”>
</td><td width=”318”>
<P><B>Bloggers of Ontario Unite!</b></p>
<P align=”center”><font size=”-1”>
[ <a href=”;id=***SITE ID***;action=prev5”>Prev 5</a>
| <a href=”;id=***SITE ID***;action=prev”>Prev</a>
| <a href=”;id=***SITE ID***;action=next”>Next</a>
| <a href=”;id=***SITE ID***;action=next5”>Next 5</a>
| <a href=”;action=rand”>Random</a>
| <a href=”;action=list”>List</a>
| <a href=””>Join</a>

Produces This Result:

Bloggers of Ontario Unite!

[ Prev 5 | Prev | Next | Next 5 | Random | List | Join ]


This code

<a href=”;id=***SITE ID***;action=prev”>&lt;&lt;</a> |
<a href=”;id=***SITE ID***;action=list”>##</a> |
<a href=””>Bloggers of Ontario</a> |
<a href=”;id=***SITE ID***;action=next”>&gt;&gt;</a> |
<a href=”;action=rand”>??</a><br />

Produces This Result:

<<Prev Ont | ##List Ont | Bloggers of Ontario | >>Next Ont | ??Rand Ont

Feel free to choose which code best suits your page, and don’t feel constrained by these two models. You can cut down the ring code further, so long as you at least have a valid “next” and “prev” link.

Step Two: Joining the Webring

To join the webring, follow this link and fill in the fields. This is what the fields mean:

Site Title: Title of your web page.

Site Owner: Your moniker.

EMail Address: Your e-mail. This is how I can contact you to notify you of changes to your web page, or to let you know if there’s a problem with how your website connects with the webring. If you’re leery of supplying this information, you should check out RingSurf’s privacy policy.

Site URL: RingSurf helpfully puts in an “http://” at the beginning of this field, not knowing that a number of people are just going to copy and paste their site URL from the address bar of their website. For the record “http://http://” in this field causes an error — not when you submit your application, but when I review it.

Ring Code URL(optional): If you are going to put your webring code on a different page than your main page, you must put the proper URL here.

Year of Birth: More legal stuff so that Ringsurf can cover their backsides.

Password and Password (verify): This allows you to go back and modify any information you provide regarding your site, while preventing anybody else, save for the webring moderator (me), from making changes without your permission.

Keywords: Short words or phrases which describe what your site is about. Helps the RingSurf search engines find you.

Site Description: What your site is about in your own words.

Once you have entered this information, click on the button marked “Add Your Site to the Ring” and you’re off.

Step Three: Your Ring ID

Once you’ve done step two, you will receive a number. This is your Site ID on the webring, and RingSurf needs this in order to tell where a webring surfer is clicking from so that RingSurf can figure out he or she ends up clicking to. You MUST paste this number into your webring code, over every instance of the phrase “SITE ID”. If you don’t do this, your code is useless.

Step Four: What Follows

I receive a notification that somebody wants to join the ring. It can take me about a week or so for me to log in and check out your website, see that the code is in place, and add you to the list of members, so please be patient. Please note that I periodically go through the membership lists and take down links to sites that have gone defunct, or who lapse in their use of the webring code.

Once you are in, however, you will receive traffic from a diverse collection of Ontario blogs. I’m pleased at how well this webring has done in the three years I’ve been operating it. We have a large community from all ends of the political spectrum and from people who’d rather talk about themselves or about their cultural interests than about politics. So, welcome aboard. I look forward to your own contributions to the community.

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