Widgets

Skribit: Blogging Widget to Help Writers’ Block

Every blogger, whether a WordPress user or not, will probably come up against a problem many bloggers face: writers’ block.

Skribit promises to alleviate that by providing widget code that you can add to Blogger, TypePad, self-hosted WordPress, or any other HTML webpage. This widget allows your readers to suggest new topics or ask for advice. The suggested topics can even be voted on social-media style.

This setup is a win-win, since the readers get to suggest and vote on content, while the blogger has an ideas list tailored to his or her blog.

As of this writing, you can find the Skribit widget on this blog’s sidebar — check out what it looks like, and feel free to leave a topic suggestion or two. :-)

[via Easy WordPress]

In Defense of WordPress 2.5′s New Widget Manager

ScreenshotIf you’ve been keeping up with WordPress 2.5, you probably know the intuitive drag-and-drop sidebar assembly of WordPress 2.2/2.3 has been replaced with a more cluttered method of widget administration, involving a dropdown to select the sidebar you want to work with (see screenshot).

At first glance this seems like a step backwards, but I came across a post called “In defense of the WordPress 2.5 widget panel” that makes a very good point:

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