Our blog has a heart, brain, eyes, muscles, nerves and now it needs to ensure that it has legs so it can ‘walk’ and train. The sidebar of a blog can be a dynamic addition and demonstrates the fitness of the blog. It allows both the blogger and the blog’s readers to ‘walk’ a long way.
The blog sidebar can display
- A Blogroll allowing the blogger to ‘walk’ through, click on links and check out other blogs
- Commonly used resources with access via links.
- A search bar
- Badges and much more
- Widgets (See beginners challenge #7 for another great post by Sue Waters)
Add some bling with widgets
Widgets are pieces of pre- written code that can be grabbed from websites, copied and pasted into a text box that has been added to the sidebar from appearances>widgets in the dashboard. (See the beginner challenge for this week.) The widgets give the blog bling!
Notes: A blogger has to consider the problem of too much clutter as opposed to sufficient information on the sidebar. See the beginnger challenge post on Getting More out of Widgets.
Challenges #6: A blog with legs and bling
- Read Beginners’ Challenge Getting More out of Widgets for more detailed information on widgets, categories and tags
- Check out at least 5 to 10 blogs and take note of what is on their sidebars. You can search through some of shortlisted blogs for the edublog awards 2010 (See the end of this post for a list.)
- Ensure that you have a visitor tracking widget to your sidebar
- Go on a “widget treasure hunt”. Write a post, providing links to at least 5 to 10 blogs (that you discover on your hunt) each of which feature a different widget. Tweet out for help using your twitter network or
- Spring clean your side bar. Tell us what you have done to clean it up and what you have added to it. Be as innovative as possible or
- Take a walk through your blog sidebar and share some of your favourite widgets including justification, tips, hints etc. What are the must haves? Discuss in relation to an individual blog, a class blog and/or a student blog or
- Your choice of topic regarding the blog sidebar.
- Tag your posts with #ksyb (Kick Start Your Blog) and other appropriate tags, add category(ies) See the current Beginners’ Challenge for more notes on categories and tags.
- Read at least 5 other blog posts from bloggers in the challenge. Add a comment
- Remember to always try and comment back on a commentee’s blog if you can.
- Design your own badge, add to the sidebar.
- Search for non educational blogs based on your other interests. Check out their sidebar content. Write a post comparing what you find here compared with educational blogs.
- Add a QR code widget on the side of your blog. Here is one QR generator Fill in the fields that youfeelcomfortable with. To read the code you need the iTag QR app from iTunes. Photograph the code with your iPhone and the iTag will haul in the data and deal with it appropriately. How could we use QR codes in education? Have you used them before? What tips and advice would you give? What code generators have you used?
A big thank you!
A big thank you to all who have added their ideas to the
- blog pages google doc. Have you checked all the updates?
- an ” image in 6 words” Have you added your words?
- to the voicethread with” tips on blogging“. Please share your tips.
Blogs shortlisted in the 2010 Edublogs awards
- Best individual blog
- Best group blog
- Best new blog
- Best class blog
- Best student blog
- Best resource sharing blog
- Most influential blog post
- Best teacher blog
- Best librarian / library blog
- Best school administrator blog
- Best educational tech support blog
- Best elearning / corporate education blog