(Grease)monkeying with Blogger’s BlogThis

Back in the day, you could monkey with what you put into Blogger’s BlogThis popup by just sticking HTML into the URL that your bookmarklet built: I was very fond of a version that enclosed the quoted text in an italic blockquote (when I didn’t know from semantics). Then, some evil person (or maybe stevej) decided to put literal characters around whatever you pass in for text, so you would get a rather silly “<blockquote>Foo</blockquote”. So, I forgot about it, other than having someone ask me every month or two “why can’t I have that BlogThisBlockquote anymore?”

Then, this evening, I got to thinking that I should really do something with Greasemonkey that I can actually finish, to balance off my half-done scripts. When I thought about annoying things I could fix, the very first thing that occurred to me was the incredibly annoying interstitial ads that Yahoo Groups throws in your face when you are least likely to be interested in seeing an ad: I sometimes see them while following a link to an old post, when I want to see the post, not an ad, but mostly when I’m administering a list, which usually means deleting a spam message and kicking the spammer. The interstitials mostly seem to be for Yahoo Personals, and I have to admit to getting a tiny bit of satisfaction from screaming “No, deleting spam doesn’t make me horny!,” but I’d really rather not ever see another: I’ll absolutely never click one, so they are just pure annoyance. Of course, before I started, I checked the wiki and discovered that someone beat me to it.

So, my second choice: blogthis.user.js. As the explanation in the file itself, that I stole from Mark, says: install the Greasemonkey extension if you haven’t already, then when you follow that link you’ll have an active “Install User Script” item in your Tools menu, and once you do and accept the default in the popup, every time you pop up a BlogThis window (either from my right-click extension, or from the bookmarklet) the “what you selected” will be changed to <blockquote><p>what you selected</p></blockquote> with a couple of newlines at the end, so you’re ready to start typing after the quote.

I don’t doubt there are bugs in it (I fixed two just while writing this post), and since I don’t use Blogger for anything but testing, I doubt I’ll find them: that’s your job, to find them and tell me about them. Luckily, user scripts are easy to update: just install it again right over the top.


Comment by Jeremy Dunck #
2005-03-07 11:43:17

Is there a reason you didn’t add this to the wiki? :)

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2005-03-07 12:14:48

Done, thanks. I forgot (armed robbery was illegal).

Comment by BillSaysThis #
2005-03-07 11:47:31

This seems to work as expected for me, at least in initial testing, but GreaseMonkey itself does something weird. If I use the standard Blogger Create Post page (in FF 1.0.1), GM sticks the following lines at the end of the post:

This was happening before installing your new script and after as well. Causes Blogger to choke when I try to save the post into their database. Any clues?

Comment by Jeremy Dunck #
2005-03-07 12:08:48

Bill –
Yes, this is a known bug 9317.

Comment by BillSaysThis #
2005-03-07 12:41:44

Thanks Jeremy. Hope that fix out for review I saw mentioned works.

Comment by Tim #
2005-05-23 09:33:13


I quote a lot of news articles, and I hated having to go back and insert the blockquote tags.


Uncle Tim

Comment by David Podhola #
2007-09-05 10:55:08

It is a little bit offtopic I just wanted to thank you for BlogThis installer for Internet Explorer. I have changed the script so it works in IE7 and last Blogger. It is here.

Name (required)
E-mail (required - never shown publicly)
Your Comment (smaller size | larger size)
You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <del datetime="" cite=""> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <i> <ins datetime="" cite=""> <kbd> <li> <ol> <p> <pre> <q cite=""> <samp> <strong> <sub> <sup> <ul> in your comment.