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Most Effective and Useful Blog Widgets and Plugins
These days blogs seam to make the internet go round. In fact, the numbers are staggering- 50 million and growing every day. Bloggers come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Whether you are keeping your clients abreast of the current real estate market or you are blogging about your pet, there are all kinds of effective and useful blog widgets and plugins that can make your blog more exciting and appealing.
Widgets are a simple, effective, and handy way to add a little flare and excitement to your blog. Since the number of widgets and plugins available is virtually endless make sure you don’t go overboard.
Popular Blog Sites
Before we start looking at the various widgets and plugins you can use on your blog, let’s look at some of the most popular blog hosts. Everyone knows about WordPress, the number one used blog site, but there are plenty of other options you should be aware of so let’s get started.
Danga Software Powered
Danga Interactic was the brainchild of Brad Fitzpatrick’s company that created Live Journal and the backend to drive that software. There have been a number of contributors to this software since its early inception. The following are three of the main sites that are Danga powered.
InsaneJournal offers both free and paid accounts, with additional enhancements. It is a simple online diary that is very customizable, built on open source software. InsaneJournal lets you keep in touch with friends and family. Don’t let the fact that it’s free fool you. This is an excellent tool and the community is very tight-knit and accepting of everyone young or old.
JounralFen is directed towards “fandoms” such as various TV shows or movies like Harry Potter. It is designed for those over 18 years of age and is considered a journaling service for fans of television, movie, and music, as well as other media entertainment forms.
Live Journal is one of the most well known and well used blog hosts offering its users multiple account types including paid and ad supported. This vibrant virtual global community is a social media platform where passions can be shared. There are hundreds of communities. You can keep a journal, diary, or blog.
Themed Blog Sites
• Blogabond.com – This is a blog site dedicated to travel blogs and it includes map integration. Here you’ll discover tons of travel journals and photo blogs from individual travelers of the world. There is also maps, research, and plenty of resources if you are planning some backpacking.
• BlogCheese.com – A video blogging site that’s packed with all kinds of great blogs. Whether it’s a blog on new electronics, the internet, or playing golf you’re sure to find one of interest here. It’s also a great space to start your own blog and get a little practice in.
• BusyThumbs.com – This UK based blog site is designed for camera phone images and text messages. It offers free moblogs, which is a mobile phone web log or online journal that you send via a text message. Registration is free. There are hundreds of blogs to choose from, and it ranks well in the search engines. You can upload from your phone to your blog in minutes, and is an excellent choice if you want to be able to
• Trippert.com – Create and share your blogs that are related to travel. This is a strong community with a strong following and a great place to start your travel blog no matter where you live or travel.
• Ufem.com – This is a blog site for women. There are multiple themes and plugins to choose from, and if your blog topic focuses around women this is a great place to start. It’s a well visited site thanks to the great content and the additional resources relating to topics of interest to women.
• WordCountJournal.com – This is a new blogging format. On day one you’ll write one word, on the second day two words, on the third day three words, and on it goes. By the end of the year, you will have written more than 65,000 words.
WordPress is one of the more popular blog publishing companies with a focus on usability, web standards, and aesthetics. There are a number of sites that are powered by WordPress.
• Blogetery.com – Is a little-known WordPress platform used by more than 70000 blogs. There are more than 140 free customizable themes, brilliant plugins, free sub-domains, anti-spam, and plenty more features. There’s an opportunity to make money of your blog.
• Edublogs.org – WordPress powered blogs for educators is a resource that continues to grow and attract new visitors. Whether you are a teacher or a student you can quickly customize and design your own blog to include photos, podcasts, and videos. It’s secure, safe, and easy to use.