Tuesday Thingers – Blog Widgets

Today’s question from Marie:

 Blog Widgets. Do you use them? Do you have them on your blog? Do you know what I’m talking about? 🙂 A blog widget is that list of books “From my LibraryThing” and such, that you’ll sometimes see on someone’s sidebar. If you use it, do all of your books show up or do you have it set to only show certain books? Do you have a search widget, which would allow your blog readers to search your library? Have you ever made a photomosaic of your book covers? You can find widgets and photomosaic information on the “Tools” tab in LibraryThing.

I don’t think I’d come across the word “widget” until I started blogging and it wasn’t at all clear to me just what a widget was. My dictionary defines it as “a gadget, or any small manufactured item or component”, and a gadget is, of course, a “small ingenious device; a what-d’you-call it”.  I rather like them – they are so clever and neat.

I have several on my blog including some from LibraryThing – the Early Reviewer logo and a link to my LT catalogue, plus the Random Books from my library, which I like as it changes each time you look at the blog. I also use a widget linking to the books tagged currently reading. I use other widgets too – I like the Quote of the Day and the WordPress Recent Comments ones in particular. As I’m not very technically minded sometimes I mess up my sidebar by adding widgets, somehow making some of them disappear – it’s something to do with the order they’re in I think, or maybe not I don’t really know.

I read about making a photomosaic a while ago on LT and thought I’d have a go at doing it, but it’s still a thought so far

9 thoughts on “Tuesday Thingers – Blog Widgets

  1. I wrote a post a few days ago about where my various widgets came from Marg. I have linked to it in the website link. The problem with the widgets can be 2-fold – 1. they can make your page very long. 2. they can slow down the loading of the page. But I do think they provide interest and extra colour and information to the page.

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  2. Whenever I hear the word “widget,” I always think of World Wide Widgets in the play “Beggar on Horseback” – that’s the first time I ever heard the term used. It was about a company that made widgets, but you never found out what widgets were. I sort of feel the same way about computer widgets – they’re still a mystery to me. But I do like your “Quote of the Day” widget.

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  3. I used to have a quote of the day widget but lost it when I was changing background themes one day. I always enjoyed reading the quotes they posted. When I got this new computer (Vista) it had widgets on the destop that about drove me crazy until someone told me how to get them off.

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