Today’s question from Bostonbibliophile – Blog Widgets. Do you use them? Do you have them on your blog? Do you know what I’m talking about? :-) A blog widget is that list of books “From my LibraryThing” and such, that you’ll sometimes see on someone’s sidebar. If you use it, do all of your books show up or do you have it set to only show certain books? Do you have a search widget, which would allow your blog readers to search your library? Have you ever made a photomosaic of your book covers? You can find widgets and photomosaic information on the “Tools” tab in LibraryThing.
I’m deeply boring, and have only the very basic blog widget that shows random books from my LibraryThing account, and that only on my WordPress book blog, not on my LiveJournal. This is mostly because I started a new job not that long after the LTER blogcircle started up, and ever since then I’ve not had the time or energy to fiddle with my blog layouts. Besides, some of my readers would be after me with a wet noodle if I was spending time on fiddling with layouts that I could be spending writing the next book… It doesn’t help that both LJ and WP aren’t terribly widget-friendly, and I’d need to do a certain amount of beating into submission to get them to show anything at all. But I think I’d like to have the “search my LibraryThing” widget, as I think that would be genuinely useful to some of my blog’s readers.