…thanks to widgets, taking multiple steps to track down headlines in one place and then check your e-mail in another may seem woefully outdated this time next year. These mini-applications—also called “gadgets”—are simple bits of code, easily dragged onto a desktop or pasted into a personal page, where they are constantly updated with whatever information you want. “It’s the exact opposite of what the Web used to be,” explains Om Malik, a tech journalist and founding editor of gigaom.com. Last month Malik and Niall Kennedy, another tech blogger, organized and hosted Widgets Live—an entire sold-out conference devoted to the topic (in, where else?, San Francisco). “Widgets,” he says, “bring the Web to you.” Think of it as tech jewelry—bling for your blog; ice for your desktop.
The need to accessorize your blog is important when those accessories complement the whole. I use WordPress Widgets to add “Related Articles” and Feeds to this blog’s sidebar. But I certainly don’t add things my reader’s don’t need to see and aren’t helpful. Still, these are fun, and blogs are supposed to be fun, right?
So I want to know which Widgets were your personal favorite over this past year? Are there some Widgets you would like to see on WordPress.com? What are your dream Widgets?
- Playing with WordPress.com New Sidebar Widgets
- Customizing RSS Feed Links for WordPress.com and WordPress Sidebar Widgets
- WordPress.com Widgets – Customizing Your WordPress.com Theme Sidebar
- WordPress Sidebar Widgets Goes Full Version WordPress Plugin
- The Blog Widget Competition Begins
- Which WordPress Widgets Would You Want?
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