Day 10: Dress up your blog with widgets
This is part of the UU Blogging Workshops’s Zero to Hero Series
Today’s assignment: add and customize two widgets.
If you take a glance to the right of the page you’ll find my list of gadgets and badges and little icons of wonder. It actually took me a while to put all of that interactive stuff up. Over time, I’ve integrated my Twitter and Instagram accounts into the blog just in case people feel like seeing what other interweb mischief I get myself into. As far as social media goes, I’m pretty connected, but I still don’t have a Pinterest account and don’t do a lot of the YouTubing so maybe there’s hope for me yet.
But blogging was perhaps the first internet social media craze before we coined “social media.” Maybe some people still remember sites like Livejournal? Yeah, I had an account back in the day. This was the way we made ourselves heard and connected with other people before the facespaces and the mybooks took over. These days, it makes sense that blogs should also connect followers with other parts of the author’s social media presence. It’s called synergy baby!
Plus, social media is a great way to promote your blog to your friends and family. I have my WordPress account set up so when I publish a blog, it goes to Google+ then straight to Twitter which then syncs itself with Facebook. It’s a great benefit of the WP interface! Just make sure you set it up so each social media outlet gets ONE post… there was a brief moment where I accidentally had it set up where my Facebook page would get three posts, spamming my wall. Not very good etiquette.
What is your favorite social media platform? Let me know!