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Monday, January 16, 2012

How to make your blogger page "go dark"

Whether you're a radical who'll fight the fight the government every opportunity you get, someone who believes in their rights to free speech so much to make a stand or whether you just want to be one of the "cool kids," you want to support the SOPA Strike that Wikipedia, Google etc. are going on this Wednesday, the 18th. You may find yourself asking "how do I, a humble bloger, make my website 'go dark'?" It's quite simple.
If you like, you can just delete your page, however this has the minor side-effect of "potentially" (likely) permanently deleting every single post you've put your soul into. So here's a few easy steps to achieve the goal of "going dark". I (currently) have 2 methods to doing this:
Method 1:
Turning your page black, i.e. make the backgrounds, text etc. black. Yes, I'm taking it literally here, but you're blog is going to be completely blank. An example can be seen here. If you need details, you click "Design" in your dashboard. Then, above your blog layout there's a tab that says "Template Designer". In this go to Advanced and change every colour to black (#000000). If you post videos or pictures with your text, I would advise setting number of posts on front page to 0. This can be done by going to settings, then formatting and it's the first option.
Method 2:
This, I think, is closer to going dark than the previous method, but not perfect. It also happens to be much easier, so bonus! Go to Settings again, but instead go to permissions from here (it's in the same taskbar as publishing). Under Blog Readers select "Only Blog Authors". This means only you (and any other people you have given permission to be authors on the blog) can see it. When people try to visit your website, they will not be able to view it, thus, going dark!

I hope this was helpful, and if any of you true Blogger boffins out there know a better way to do it (maybe the proper way) post a comment below wherever this was copy-pasta'd to.
Yours Faithfully,
Rob CircleGuy

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