October 21, 2014

Best of the Blog Bling

Yesterday’s New York Times article “Some Bling for Your Blog” got me thinking about widgets and plugins and how most of them are serve no real purpose to the average blog reader and simply frustrate them by slowing the page downloading. The article showed screen grabs of a few cool-looking widgets: the trivia game Blufr, the Streampad music player, and the fund-raising widget ChipIn. But do those widgets really add value — enough value to counterbalance the extra download time?

What I would have liked to have seen in the article is a list of the best of the bling. Well, since they didn’t, I will take a stab at it myself. And please jump in with your suggestions too, via the comments. Here are my personal favorites:

and these which are not really widgets, but plugins (for WordPress):

Plenty more widgets at Widgetoko

3 comments for Best of the Blog Bling »

  1. Forgot one other widget directory… Widgetbox

    Comment by Stephan Spencer — January 19, 2007 @ 5:49 am


  2. “Share This” for social bookmarks? Bzzzz.

    I’ll take the social bookmarks tool:
    http://www.toprankblog.com/tools/social-bookmarks/

    and also the RSS button tool any day!
    http://www.toprankblog.com/tools/rss-buttons/

    Comment by Lee Odden — January 19, 2007 @ 8:11 pm


  3. A colleague and I have found Streampad very useful for sharing one minute interviews or excerpts of interviews, both in terms of an industry (recruiting) service and to help promote an audiobook we have produced. I was wary, but I now think it’s a pretty neat product.

    Comment by Des Walsh — January 19, 2007 @ 9:03 pm


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