Do you want to know which WordPress Plugins I have on this blog?
The answer is: none.
This blog is hosted by the free WordPress.com blog service. Part of the price for being free is the inability to install WordPress Plugins of my own choice. I can only use the ones WordPress.com makes available to everyone.
Oh, I’m using WordPress Plugins on this blog. Don’t you doubt it. They are just the ones all WordPress.com bloggers can use.
As part of the social community of WordPress.com fellow bloggers, we also have the Friend Surfer, Tag Surfer, and My Comments features, added on through the use of Plugins and add-on code especially for WordPress.com.
The Friend Surfer allows you to monitor what your favorite bloggers are blogging about on WordPress.com. You can add any WordPress.com URL and then set the time period you would like to see posts from “your friends”. You can set it since the last time they logged in, to a few hours or a week ago.
This is a great way of keeping track of your friends and their blogs, but also what key WordPress.com bloggers are saying. There are some top notch bloggers now using WordPress.com and they are shaking the web with their insights and resources.
Don’t have any friends on WordPress.com? Or don’t know where to start to find out who is blogging about what on WordPress.com? Or who is blogging about what interests you?
Try out the Tag Surfer option. Beginning with your blog’s categories, it shows you posts from those using the same categories. I have a category for Writing and I find a lot of fascinating fellow writers writing about writing on WordPress.com this way.
You can add or subtract the tags on your list without changing your blog’s categories. See what comes up when you add a new tag. You might find some fascinating bloggers.
My Comments is another important feature for the WordPress.com community. As part of the community, you can leave comments on other WordPress.com blogs. Actually, anyone can, but the joy of being a member of WordPress.com, it’s easier to keep track of your comments.
Your comments on WordPress.com are tracked through the My Comments feature. Comments to you and from you and in response to your comments are shown in a chronological order by post, with the comments threaded below. Find a new comment in response to yours? Click the Reply link and you are taken to the blog post to leave your comment.
WordPress.com bloggers also have access to some rather amazing blog statistics including incoming links, web traffic levels, outgoing link traffic, most popular posts, top incoming search results terms, feed traffic, feed traffic sources, and more.
Through the use of WordPress Plugins and Widgets, it’s easier than ever to add tons of different video, Flash, music, podcasts, and more multimedia to your WordPress blog. I list many of these and how to use them in Adding Video and Podcasting Bling to Your WordPress.com Blogs.
If you want to spend a little money, you can add the ability to customize the look of your WordPress.com blog with the CSS Extra. You can also add more storage space, and even turn your blog into a commercial site with its own domain name – the options are many if you are willing to pay.
My signature and list of related posts are all created manually. No Plugins.
Sometimes your limitations force you to be more creative. They also help you learn that there is a lot more you can do with a free WordPress.com blog than you might have thought.
For another look at what is possible on a WordPress.com blog without WordPress Plugins, see my friend, Engtech, and his amazing WordPress.com blog. I sure wish he’d share more about how he does all that!
Most of the WordPress Plugins which drive WordPress.com blogs are buried within the layers of code and not available to the general public. But then, full version WordPress bloggers have tons and tons of options, choices, and variety of WordPress Plugins to choose from.
WordPress.com blogs are a great way to get started in blogging. When you get to the point that you are ready to explore your blogging potential on your own, then WordPress and all the WordPress Plugins are waiting for you.
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