I was adding a few books that I've finished to my sidebar, when I realized that there are two new (new-ish) widgets that I'm kinda loving and never mentioned.
The first one is a widget for my Flickr photostream so people can see (and click on) what photos I've uploaded recently.
If you mouse over the photos they spin. Whee! Sometimes I just stop by my blog just to spin my photos.
Okay, maybe sometimes.
But only when all my laundry is done and my house is clean.
Well, maybe a little more often than that.
If you're wondering how to get this widget here are the steps:
- Go to Roy Tanck's Flickr Widget page
- There are a few spots there for customizing your widget, but the one I found the most tricky was finding my Flickr URL feed
- I got mine by going to the bottom of "My Photostream" (on Flickr) and clicking on the "latest" link next to the Subscribe to Photostream bit
- As for size, my sidebar size is 180 pixels wide and 210 pixels high.
Okay, now give it another spin just for fun!
The second little widget I have going on down the right side is a Subscribe by Email link. I actually put this one there as an experiment to see if I could do it and show someone else how to do it. And then once it was there I just left it there. Even though lots of people use some sort of feed reader to get all their bloggy updates, I know some folks don't read enough blogs to do that.
The answer: get the newest blog post delivered to your inbox!
You don't have to do anything fancy; you just click it, enter your email address, and voila. You get the blog post in your email box. Merry Christmas! (or in the case of my blog posts, a lesser holiday might be more appropriate...Happy Flag Day!)
How to get this widget?
- If you haven't already, sign up your feed with Google's Feedburner.
- In your feed dashboard, click on the "publicize" tab
- Under 'services' click on "Email Subscriptions" and with some tweaking and whatnot, you should be able to get the html you need.
I should say that the emails are a little slow in arriving--about 12-24 hours later--but it's still quite handy if you don't use some kind of feed catcher.
So, there you go! Two little widgets I'm loving these days. How about you? Any widgets you love?