Not really. I hope there’s not 404 running errors—though I’m sure there’s a few and I’m probably guilty of many of them. However, today’s blog post is not about highlighting and correcting running errors.
I recently added a fun update to my blog and I hope that you never see it. That’s right, I hope you never see it—and I’ll tell you why, but I’ll get to that in a second.
Apple is famously known for its Easter Eggs—hidden and often-funny objects, text or jokes that appear in its software (Macs and iPhones). The Easter Eggs represent a developer’s personality and creativity, and they’ve been doing it for years. Here’s an example of one: Go to your Applications folder and open the Utilities folder and then the Terminal—type “cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history” (no quotes)—hit return and see what you get.
Okay, back to today’s blog post and the update that I don’t want you to see. We’ve all experienced clicking on a link that takes us to a “bad” or broken page on a website that results in a “404 Error Not Found” message. It’s one of the most recognizable error messages users get online.
And similar to Apple’s Easter Eggs, 404 messages provide an opportunity to demonstrate creativity—and many website developers have taken the time to create some very original 404 Error messages. As I continue to inject my own personality into this blog, I worked with a talented designer to customize my own 404 page. I had a lot of fun creating it and it does a nice job of reflecting my personality and blog’s brand—after all, the graphic has thumbholes!
Not to disappoint, I promise a future post highlighting and offering advice for correcting some common running mistakes. In the meantime, if you happen to click on a broken link on my blog, at least you’ll be entertained.
Have you stumbled upon a fun 404 Error page? Post the link to the page in the comments section for everyone to see.