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15 Useful Widgets and Scripts for Blogger



15 useful widgets and scripts for Blogger blogsThere are many useful widgets and scripts which you could use to add interactivity to your Blogger powered blog. Ranging from lists of your most popular posts to a table of contents which loads above your posts, this article contains 20 of the most useful widgets and scripts you could install own blogs.

Easy Install Widgets

All of the widgets int his section can be added easily to your blog using widget installers.

Recent Posts

This widget will display a list of your most recent posts, with links to their relevant pages. This widget is easy to add using the widget installer, where you simply input your blog’s URL and change the settings to suit your preferences.

Add a recent posts widget to your blog (Script by Hans of Beautiful Beta)

Recent Comments

Show recent discussions to your articles by displaying a list of recent comments in your sidebar. You can choose how many comments to display, and add an optional excerpt of each comment too.

Add a recent comments widget to your blog

Top Commentators

Reward your regular contributors by adding this widget which displays a list of the ten most active commentators. You can filter your own name from the list and add this easily using the widget installer.

Add Top Commentators widget to your blog (Originally constructed by GoogleSystem and widgetized by Blogger Buster)

Popular Posts/Most Commented

This widget uses your blog’s comment feed to determine the most popular posts based on the number of comments each post has received. It will then display a list of the ten most popular (or most commented) posts in order of authority.

Add Popular Posts/Most Commented widget to your blog

Random Posts

Phydeaux3’s widget allows to to create a link to a random post from your sidebar (or wherever you decide to add this widget in your blog). This is another easy widget to install using the one-click installer on Phydeaux’s site.

Add a random post link to your blog (by Phydeaux3)

Picasa Web Albums

This widget allows you to display recent images from your Picasa web albums account in your sidebar. All you need to do is insert your Picasa username into the input box and click submit to add this to your blog.

Install Picasa web albums widget in your blog

Simple Search Widget

This is a simple search widget which uses the same functions as the search box in the Blogger nav-bar. Unlike Google searches, this is a simple widget which will display all posts matching the queried term in the main posts section of your blog, and can be installed using the one-click widget installer.

Install a simple search form in your blog

Random Messages

Ramani of Hackosphere created this widget which can be used to display one of ten random messages in your Blogger blog. One possible use for this would be to display random testimonials in a business blog, while another would be as a display of random quotes.

There is no need to edit your blog’s template when adding this widget: you can add your own quotes and install this easily in your sidebar using Ramani’s widget installer.

Install a random message widget in your Blogger blog

Useful Scripts (Require Editing of your Blogger Template)

The scripts and customizations referenced in this section will require you to edit your blog’s HTML code. Although they are a little more complicated than the previous set, they are all undoubtedly useful additions to your Blogger powered blog.

Table of Contents

This highly useful widget will load a table of your blog’s contents above the main posts section. You can then rearrange this list to sort posts by category, posting date or post title.

It is a little more complicated to install than other widgets as it requires editing some aspects of your template, but Hans offers full and detailed instructions for you to add this easily to your blog.

Read more and install Table of Contents widget

Tab View Widget

This widget allows you to display your recent posts/comments or posts from specified categories using a “tab-view” widget, like this:
Hoctro\'s Tab View Widget

This widget will allow you to save space in your sidebar by adding these important elements in one place and is now becoming a popular feature of WordPress powered blog designs.

You will need to edit your Blogger template to install this widget, but it’s certainly a useful and functional addition for your Blogger blog. Hoctro offers full instructions for installation and customization in hos explanatory posts.

Learn more and install a tab-view widget in your blog (Created by Hoctro)

Tag Cloud (Based on Blogger Labels)

Tag/Label Cloud for BloggerA tag cloud displays a list of your post labels (categories) in a cloud like format, where the labels which have the most posts filed under them are highlighted in a bolder, larger font.

To install this in your Blogger blog, you will need to edit your existing label widget and add some Javascript code to your blog header.

Read more and install Blogger tag/label cloud in your blog (Created by Phydeaux3)

Random Rotating Banner/Header Image

Have you ever wanted to add a random banner to your blog’s header? If so, this script will be undoubtedly useful for you!

Unlike other random banner techniques, this technique does not require you to host Javascript files externally. Instead you can achieve this by adding some JavaScript code to your Blogger template and simply link to your banner images (hosted on Flickr or Picassa for example).

Read more and install random banner images (by Freeyasoul Adventure)

Related Posts

This script will display a list of related articles (organized by category) below your posts on item pages. I’ve found this to be a really useful script in my own Blogger blogs as this directs readers to other articles of interest once they have read the current post.

There are two versions of this widget: the first was created by Hoctro but most people find Jackbook’s updated version much easier to use and install.

Read more and install related posts for your Blogger blog (Jackbook version)

Display your Post Dates as a Calendar Page

This customization allows you to use a calendar page instead of your regular post date, like this:

This is quite a simple customization to install using JavaScript and some minor changes to your template.

Read more and install a post-date calendar in your blog

Archive Calendar

An Archive Calendar for BloggerHere is another feature commonly found in WordPress blogs which has been customized for Blogger. Phydeaux3 has created a useful archive calendar widget which readers can use to skip to posts made on a certain date. Dates where posts have been made are highlighted in the calendar, and readers can skip to different months using the easy drop-down selector.

Read more and install the Blogger Archive Calendar in your blog (by Phydeaux3)

I hope you have found this list of Blogger widgets and scripts to be useful for customizing your own Blogger templates. If you have found other widgets which are particularly useful for Blogger users, please let us know by leaving your comments below.

Amanda is a freelance blogger and web/blog designer. She writes about Blogger at and maintains several other blogs on various subjects.

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7 Habits That Can Make You a More Efficient Blogger




Starting a blog is exciting, whether you’re using it as an extension to promote your current business or you’re just trying to maintain the blog as a personal endeavor. In any case, part of your success will depend on your ability to write new blog posts at an efficient rate; if you aren’t producing new blog posts fast enough, your audience could lose interest in your content. Similarly, if it takes you too long to write a new blog post, your profitability is going to decrease.

The solution is to focus on improving your efficiency as a blogger, so you can accomplish more in less time and end up with more raw content as a result.  

The Best Habits to Improve Your Efficiency

These are some of the best habits to improve your efficiency as a blogger:

  1. Dress professionally. If you’re working from home or blogging in your free time, you’ll be tempted to wear the most comfortable clothes and lounge in the living room while writing. But if you want to be successful and work efficiently, it’s much better to dress professionally and establish a professional work area. The idea is to treat your blog work like it’s your job. You’ll take your work more seriously, and you’ll be less inclined to follow distractions. It may also change how you think about your work and how you approach problem-solving.
  2. Practice good hygiene. While you’re at it, make sure to practice good hygiene—especially if blogging is your full-time job. The most obvious habit here is to shower regularly, but you’ll also want to keep your clothes clean, take good care of your environment, or as 14K Gold Teeth suggests, clean accessories like custom gold grillz. You’ll feel more professional in your environment and will have less clutter to distract you.
  3. Stick to a routine. Routines are vital for improving your efficiency. They help you establish consistent processes, which you can follow to save time and refine your habits. They give you something predictable to work with, so you aren’t scrambling to figure out what to work on next. They also reinforce your most productive habits, so you can continue working without thinking too much about it—in other words, they’re procrastination-busters.
  4. Set a strict schedule. While you’re developing your routine, try to create and stick to a strict schedule. For example, you might set a timer for one hour to read the latest news, a half hour designated to preparing an outline, and another hour to finish your full first draft. These temporal limitations help you avoid Parkinson’s law, which states that the amount of time it takes to do a task will swell to fill whatever amount of time is allotted to it; in other words, the tighter you set your timetables, the more efficiently you’ll be motivated to work.
  5. Keep an editorial calendar. Create a high-level editorial calendar as early as possible, and stick to it the best you can. This will help you ensure your high-level goals and priorities never fall out of your sight, and make sure you never run out of work. Set target dates for drafting and publication, so you’re always working toward something, and jot down your new topic ideas whenever you get them.
  6. Stay organized. This should go without saying, but the vast majority of new bloggers suffer from not being organized. They read new material that could serve as inspiration for a new post, but lose the original article. They set goals for themselves, but forget them or change them too frequently for them to take effect. Create a system for taking notes and keeping track of your high-level priorities, and stick to it.
  7. Keep reading on a regular basis. Reading is one of the best ways to consistently and reliably improve your writing, so make time for it in your schedule. Reading work like yours can help you generate new ideas, improve your vocabulary, and increase your fluency, so you can write faster.

Learning and Improving

It’s a good idea to track your time while working on blog-related tasks. It will allow you to gather data on your productivity habits, and ideally, see how they improve over time. If there’s a particular task that takes up a disproportionate amount of your time, you can drop it or focus specifically on improving it. If you notice a strategy is making you more efficient in one or more areas, you can use it more frequently or apply it to different areas.

In any case, the real secret to becoming a more efficient blogger is committing to improve over time. Pay attention to how your habits develop, and continually refine your approach.

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Oh, Now I Get It! How to Explain Complex Topics to Your Audience




Technical writers have a great number of skills, but perhaps the most important is the ability to adapt your language to the level of comprehension your audience has. A highly technical and complex article can overwhelm readers or even bore them.

“But it’s impossible to delight my readers and keep them engaged when I’m talking about the

IEEE 802.11ac principle of broadband technology,” We hear you cry. And, we get it. Turning a technical article into a sexy piece of content can feel like a daunting task, but it’s not mission impossible.

Here are a few content creation tips that will help you explain complex topics to your audience in a delightful manner.

Imagine That You Are Explaining the Subject to a Non-Tech-Savvy Friend

One of the most important things when creating technical content for a more broad audience is consistency. So, as much as possible try to use the same tone, level of knowledge, complexity of vocabulary, and so on. The easiest way to calibrate your writing style is to imagine that you are writing for a friend or a relative that has nothing to do with your area of expertise.

Imagine you are trying to explain a particularly complex topic to them, in a friendly and light discussion. How would you approach the subject? What elements you think would bore or frustrate them?

What helps you in the real world is adapting your style and vocabulary to the other person’s knowledge. You know that you don’t have to explain what an Internet browser does, but you might have to tell them more about the coding behind it when discussing responsive web design, for instance. Use common words and keep them engaged with a lighter, friendly style.

Adapt Your Vocabulary and Structure

Let’s take a look at how you can flip your technical writing to be more approachable. First of all: use concepts that your audience is familiar with or at least has a general idea about them.

A good start is to check what search words visitors use when browsing your website. You will identify commonly used terms that are related to the technology that interests them. Use those keywords yourself to keep visitors on your page.

Also, be careful about the structure of the text when writing online, especially when you are trying to explain something complex. Make sure to split your text into readable chunks. You can also help the reader understand the subject better by using titles and subtitles to separate the main ideas of your article.

Build up the Knowledge of Your Audience, from General to Detailed

Once you have established a common language and vocabulary between you and your target audience, start methodically presenting your topic, from general level information to more detailed aspects. Applying this rule will help you readers understand the topic better without wasting too much time. Online readers tend to ignore content that is, irrelevant or hard to understand.

While it is important to get the basics straight before getting deeper into your subject, make sure to summarize the purpose of your article at the very beginning, as it will let your audience know what they will learn about after going through it.

Use Style Tools That Help Your Audience Relate to the Topic

The fun part of writing about technical topics for a general audience is getting creative with it. Because you can’t use the “boring,” “stiff” technical jargon, you must come up with expressive comparisons, examples, and analogies. You can even evoke anecdotal evidence to support the facts since they are highly relevant for many of the users.

Helping them relate to the topic you are writing about is the key to grabbing their attention. Use day to day examples for the systems and processes you are describing, or mention the best-known similar thing. Give them examples of possible situations when they can come across the topic you are writing about and enable them to talk about it themselves.

Ultimately, is all about correctly identifying the level of knowledge your audience has. Encourage them to comment and ask any questions and keep the conversations alive.

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IT Management Solutions: What is the Key to Improving Employee Efficiency?




There are many ways you can improve your employees’ efficiency. From decluttering the workspace to encouraging a stress-free environment, there is a whole range of things you can do to make your work life run smoother. One such technique you need to adopt for your company is an IT management solution.

What Does It Do?

An IT management solution such as SysAid takes all of the day-to-day programs that a business will use and consolidates them into one easy-to-use package. Every employee should be able to log on and complete all their work without having to leave the initial program.

It can contain such subsections as project management, customer relationship management, billing and invoicing, and a whole host of other features.

Why Should Employers Implement Such a Solution?

A system such as this allows managers to have better visibility over the company as a whole. They will be able to tell if an employee is completing their daily tasks to the best of their ability and will also allow them to see where they are lacking.

The data from the completion of these daily tasks can easily be tracked and analyzed to see where employees are struggling with efficiency. With some adjustments, efficiency can then be improved in these areas.

Project Management

One of the key reasons to install an IT management solution is for the project management aspects. A good project management program lets all employees know where they are with their projects at all times. Whether you are just working on the project or a project manager, you will be able to see the stage that the project is at and all the steps and processes that still need to be completed.

This collaborative nature helps improve speed and efficiency and stops the project becoming grounded in a lack of communication. If you are not yet using a project management system, you will notice that many small but important problems like misuse of resources will be greatly reduced.

Customer Relationship Management

By having your customer service staff use one portal for all their needs, you will see a great improvement in efficiency when it comes to handling customer enquiries. An IT management solution can contain a database with all your customer’s information. This means that if a case needs to be passed from one team member to another, there is little to no chance of any relevant information being lost in the transfer. Everything should be in place in the one database.

Invoicing and Billing

Keeping your various accounts and invoices in different places can lead to items being forgotten or double-charged. By using an IT management software, your managers and accountants will be able to successfully keep track of all costs and reduce unnecessary spending. This will improve efficiency as multiple enquires are not being made to complete invoices and other reports.

There are just some of the ways an IT management solution can improve your business. If you feel you need to improve your company’s efficiency, consider implementing one today.

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