How Many Widgets Do you Need for your Blog?

Written by on October 29, 2010 under News

Wordpress Widgets

Other than occupying more space, uploading and using a lot of widgets may become a liability rather than a boost for most bloggers who maintain a blog using WordPress. Though you can easily leave them inactive, as far as organization purposes is concerned, it may cause complication as far as what widget plug-ins you may want to use.

There are a lot of them for sure. Tags, search meters, and other needed scripts such as counters and RSS feeds are the normal ones an average blogger would want. There are other enhancements such as affiliate widgets which need to be installed for your blog to be counted. While some are gearing towards optimization, others are looking at design. But between the two, design does not really need a lot of widgets in them. You just have to pick out the ones that are really important.

There will be instances when people get too awed by the introduction of new widgets compatible in WordPress. Out of curiosity, they want to test them out at first. But once they find that these are just adding load to their blog, they deactivate and then delete them in the end.

For widgets preference, it is a matter of categorizing their relevance and importance. If they don’t have any impact on the blog, avoid installing them. Some widgets are plainly programmed for design purposes and may not be ideal for you blog. Think right to know which widgets are indeed suitable to your blog’s needs.

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The Bookworm’s Friend: Shelfari Widget

Written by on October 22, 2010 under Widgets

In this day and age where technology is so much part of everyone’s lives, do “real” books still have a place? I would have to say an emphatic yes to this question. Trust me, I live and breathe technology. From the moment I wake up to the time I go to bed – I have one gadget or another in my hand. These things are part of my life. However, there are still times when I want to de-stress and nothing can take the place of a good book – and yeah, I have been called a bookworm once or twice.

This brings me to my question for the day – is there a way to merge these two aspects of my life? Aside from e-books and audiobooks, I mean. Actually, yes there is. If you blog or have your own web site and you have a nice collection of “real” books, you can make use of the widget that Shelfari offers.

Shelfari is an online community for book lovers of all sorts. You can create your virtual library by adding book titles to your list. You can even search for the books and specific editions through the platform. They put images to the titles, giving you an added realistic element. Of course, you do not actually get to the read the books because the idea is that you have these books in your “real” library.

So where does the widget come in? Shelfari has a widget which you can customize to a certain degree. This widget can be displayed in your web site to show other people what you are reading, what you own, and even what you want to read in the future. You can also link this with your Amazon affiliate ID, to send some cash your way. My only beef is that there aren’t enough customization options.

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Chatterous Widget

Written by on October 15, 2010 under News, Widgets

Have you ever heard of Chatterous? I would not be surprised if you had not heard of them until now. It is actually a start up company, which has the main idea of offering venues to chat using whatever platform you prefer.

Let’s say you have a blog or a web site. The idea is that by embedding Chatterous onto your site, you will be able to chat with other users. Venture Beat gives more details on how Chatterous works:

The chat widget does exactly what you’d expect — it’s a way to embed a Chatterous chat on your website or blog. Of course, there are many, many other chat widgets out there, but Chatterous brings its own spin on the concept. Rather than simply integrating all your communication tools, Chatterous lets you choose one method — such as email, instant messaging, or SMS text messaging — then you can participate in a chat with people using other methods. So you’ve got multiple channels leading into one conversation. The chat widget is just another aspect of that strategy, adding another way users can watch and participate in the conversation. If you add the chat widget to, say, your blog, visitors can read and participate in the conversation on-site — but people don’t have to visit your site; in fact most of the chat participants can be still be emailing, IMing, etc.

I actually like that idea – being able to participate in a chat using various platforms, such as e-mail. While it is not that hard to gain access to chat these days, there are still some circumstances that might prove to be challenging (like when you’re at work and all you can access is e-mail).

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Important Widgets For Your Blogger Blog

Written by on October 8, 2010 under blogs, Widgets

In the past years, blogging has reached unprecedented heights. We can find blogs focusing on just about anything. Indeed, we can find blogs without any apparent focus at all. No matter, the fact is that blogging is something that is HUGE in every sense of the word.

One thing that I like about blogging is that you can do so much with the venue. Blogs are malleable and versatile that you can perform countless tweaks to make your own personal stamp on them. One way to do this would be to use widgets. More than personalizing the blog, however, widgets can actually be used for promotion and monetization. That is why I have been looking at some of the best and most useful Blogger widgets that I can find for my personal blog. Here are some ideas, which can help you in your search as well.

Most commented posts.
I have seen a lot of blogs with this information available in one of the sidebars. I think that it is a brilliant idea to showcase those posts which have received the most comments. In this way, you can attract more readers to those posts and hopefully get more comments in the process.

Related posts.
This widget is easier to find for WordPress blogs, but I have been having a hard time finding a widget that works well with my Blogger blog. I think it is important to have a related posts widget since it helps your reader find other posts in your blog which may be of interest to them as well.

Tweet this.

Twitter is another phenomenon that has reached far and widget. If you want to reach more people, provide a widget that allows readers to tweet about your post – free advertising for you!

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