How I Hid My Blog Easter Eggs

Now that the Great Noblegarden Blog Hunt is over, I figure it’s a good time to share some of the hiding ideas (and coding) that I used this year. This way you can find the ones you missed as well as give folks some ideas for next time! 😉

And yes, that would be the bunny (and egg) you were looking for to the right.

Obvious Eggs

Most of the eggs that I hid were just stuck into the various posts. There was not real subterfuge here, I was just making sure that if anyone tried to Google the words ‘Egg’ or ‘Found’ they would get lots of unrealted images. These were put in every post in every category during the April 1st-7th timeframe.

I also hit an egg in the Footer and Sidebar disclaimer. Again, these were very simple image insertions so I’m not going to detail how those were done.

There are a total of 26 false eggs hidden on the website, including the eggs hidden within other images. Two of these eggs had mouse-over hints: the Saturday Story Prompts icon let you know you were looking for the rabbit and egg and the image let you know you were looking for a picture of a single egg.

Header Image

I hid an egg in the Perish Twice header tag, which is the same trick I pulled last year. I did this by adding a bit of code to the current tagline geneartor. I just comment it out in the off-season.

< ?php bloginfo( 'name' ); ?>

< ?php $category = get_the_category(); $toprank = $category[0]->cat_name; if (is_category()) { // If the page is displaying a category then try to match the category name if ($toprank == '1 - Unquiet Bones') { echo " Putting Dreams to Paper"; } elseif ($toprank == '2 -') { echo " Custom Model Horses in Every Hue!"; } elseif ($toprank == '3 - Perish Twice') { echo " Of Dual-boxing and Death"; // This next bit is used for the Noblegarden Egg Hunt echo ""; } elseif ($toprank == '4 - Everyday Dragons') { echo " Remembering How to Fly"; } elseif ($toprank =='5 - View From the Molehill') { echo " Impersonating a Grownup with the Best of Them!"; } elseif ($toprank =='6 -') { echo " There's no place like"; } else { //This was just to check and see if posts were missing categories echo " Note to Self : Fix top level category for this post"; } } else { //If the page is not a category, they use the default catchphrase echo get_bloginfo('description'); } ?>

RSS Feed

The next thing I did was add eggs to the RSS feed on the sidebar

I have the WP Social Blogroll plugin installed and this gives me a field called Image Adrress in the Advance section of the Edit Link page. I just took a handful of the more active WoW blogs and put and egg image in the field—which overrode their normal RSS icon.

This one was more subtle, so I’m not sure how many people noticed them, but I figured it would be a fun bit of confusion for those out hunting.

This is a bit of a pain to undo, since it means checking the field on all of my WoW links, but it was totally worth it! 😀

Next Year’s Plans

I think I’m going to stick with the same ‘hiding in plain sight’ approach for next year. Mostly because it’s fun to hide all of the fake eggs—although I might offer a prize for whoever manages to track them all down. *ponders*

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Cymre

    I think I managed to find most of yours until I got stuck at one stage, then had to come back later…

    1. Cymre

      I just noticed your blogroll for me still has the old address (just need to take the ‘wordpress’ out of the address – a redirect is in place at the moment which is why it works but won’t at the end of the year.

    2. Martha Bechtel

      I try to play nice and only hide them in posts made during the week of the egg hunt—but I’m tempted to put a little more planning into next year and start scattering the fake eggs early. (And hiding them within more images instead of as standalones). 🙂

    1. Martha Bechtel

      I wanted to keep things visually obvious, since I beat my head against the wall the first year trying to find eggs that people had hidden in horribly devious places. 😉

      I think I like the ‘egg overkill’ method worked pretty well, but I didn’t know some folks couldn’t read the alt code… which sort of killed the game. *headdesk*

      I’m very tempted to put out a wordpress plug-in that randomly hides eggs throughout the blog, just so other people can get in on the fun! 😀

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