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