What Widget Will You Use?


This is a post in response to the Edublog Challenge #7

Being a novice blogger I am new to the term widgets and what they really mean and do. Having just read the post covering widgets by the Edublog Challenge I now have a much better understanding.

So what are they?

A widget is a fun tool that you can use to personalise your blog and make it more interesting. There is even a widget that lets you add HTML code if you find a third party widget. If you have an Edublog blog some widgets like twitter and Flickr require you to activate the Edublog widget plugin.



You can find the widgets in Appearance > Widgets.





Then all you need to do is drag and drop the Widgets where you want them into your side bar. EASY

Remember not to over clutter your sidebar with too many widgets. You want your readers to be able to navigate their way around your blog, read your posts with ease and hopefully subscribe to your Blog.



Some widgets I likes to use are:

Recent commnents

Category lists

RSS feeds

Site navigation

Some third party widgets that I like are:

Show Yourself

This widget allows you to link up all your other accounts. Great for getting people to connect with you and if you are trying to build up your PLN.

Just copy the code that it creates and paste into the text Widget.




Revolver Maps is another great one too.







Also visit Britt Gow’s Techno Science blog for her excellent post on widgets.  This is where I got the idea for the ShowYourself widget.

Happy blogging everyone.

What widgets do you like to use?


One response »

  1. Hi Jodi,
    Thanks again for participating in the Teacher’s Blogging Challenge and for leaving a comment on my post – I really appreciate your link to my blog as well! Now, I have been following you on Twitter for a good while now, but I have only just put 2 and 2 together to realise this is your blog! You have done a great job as a beginner to add all these images and instructions for adding widgets to your blog. Could I also suggest that you always add your blog address when you leave a comment so that the author can find their way back to your blog? You are sure to recieve more comments that way. Best regards and keep up the great work!

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