As a writer, I make a lousy tech support team. Seriously, I want to write (and garden and sail, and… you get the point I’m sure).
I do not want to continually mess about with website code.
Yet for the past few years, I’ve messed about with more stupid code and websites than I even want to think about. Rebuilding pages. Killing websites, consolidating websites, adding 1000’s of pictures – and other stuff too numerous and picayune to mention.
I had it done. Done! And I was celebrating.
This week a straw arrived and this camel’s back is quivering.
It turns out the E.U. (that’s European Union for those who don’t read the news) wants every website to identify when it puts a cookie on a computer.
Cookies come in all manner of sizes and function. Some websites (hello Facebook and Google) – track you around the Net no matter where you go and do. Some, called “web beacons”, simply exist on an individual website to count the number of pages you visit and don’t care what else you do.
The E.U. has mandated that all websites must inform visitors about cookies.
The E.U. and Google cut a deal that makes Google the policeman in this. So Google has informed (and is informing) websites that if they have any visitors from the E.U. they must put a notice up on their site. OR, their entire Adsense account will be terminated.
Then I Made A Mistake
I asked my readers in the E.U. whether they could see it or not.
A bunch of readers in the E.U. wrote back to say
a) no, they couldn’t see it.
b) yes they could see it
c) yes they could see it but it was in the middle of the screen
d) yes they could see it but there was no x to stop it from blocking the screen
e) it was ugly yellow/green (who knew)
f) it flickered in and out.
I’m told there’s a simple way to put this note up for everybody that visits – whether they’re from the E.U. or not. So, if you see a ugly, yellow-green bar across the top of my website, that’s why.
If it works – fine. If it doesn’t work – fine. At this point, I really don’t give a damn.
That code didn’t work and put a stupid link to another site.
The current code puts a big, honking black line across the bottom of my site. My privacy page is about to become the most visited page on my site.
Why Don’t You See It On This Site
I don’t have Google Ads on this site. So Google has no reason to tell me to put a note here.
When they change their minds and want all sites to do this, I’ll deal with it then.
If you have Google Ads on your website, sooner or later you’ll get his note as well. Or not. Who knows what these guys will do.
And if you’re a reader from the E.U. – there are cookies of some kind or description here too as I have a stats package. You can read or not read – your call.
I’m really, really tired of this stuff and am shifting gears as fast as I can to different creative activities.
When you spend more time minding the tech than you do creating, it’s time to reduce the tech.
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Note from the Afterword
Does this sound tired and annoyed to you? It does to me.