Thursday, April 01, 2010

Topsy Turvy

The Topsy Retweet Button allows your readers to retweet any page on your site, and shows a count of how many times the page has been retweeted. The button can be embedded on any page by adding the JavaScript code... blah blah blah...

I ran across this Topsy thing the other day. None of these types of widgets work well on my template, which is of the "old school" blogger variety. If you look at the bottom of this post (or any post on this blog's MAIN landing page) you'll see this "11 tweets" thingy... but if you go to the actual post page URL you'll see the accurate re-tweet number. (At least I think it's accurate).

I didn't want to go through the hassle of losing everything just to move to a "new blogger" template. I'll betcha if I did that, the very next day they'd come out with an even NEWER blogger template! My crippled little jury-rigged rubber-band and paper-clip system works for me, so for now I'll keep it like it is. I'm not opposed to change, I just don't want to lose everything that I'm happy with. I'm satisfied with the layout and the colours. Always tweaking the sidebar... some links and stuff in there is more for my own "sentimental" benefit than of any value to you. The main thing is that people come and read my blog and get something from my articles.

While some bloggers seem to get oodles of comments and others don't allow them at all, I like the idea of having them open just in case somebody wants to shout something out. Ditto for C-Box, because you can leave a message and/or your URL and it's all good. I use the tweet widget, MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog as a way of seeing who may be dropping by. The other tweet widget is good for people who like to see my tweets but aren't following me regularly on twitter. They can still avail themselves of my words of wisdom and catch a link here and there. Maybe after Easter I'll get in the sidebar and do a little more housecleaning: those old haloscan comments have to go. JS-Kit & Disqus comments don't work on this old blog either. When I asked for help they told me to get a new template. Thanks but no thanks.

I like entrecard and adgitize. I think my digg and stumbleupon buttons work okay. I've got two girls who pinch-hit for me once awhile by contributing guest posts. PR isn't too bad, Alexa could be a little better... what the heck, it's only a blog... I keep telling myself that - "it's only a blog"...

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