Email Gifts

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Every morning in March, I have many gifts waiting for me in my email inbox. Without fail these same gifts are there every Tuesday. But those are not the only days I am gifted. Almost every day of the week, there is a message in my email that connects me to one of my blogging friends.

Sometimes it is related to a meme such as It’s Monday What Are You Reading? or Poetry Friday. Sometimes it’s just because a blogging friend has something to share with the world. I look for the potential of the gift whenever I find a new blog and I want to be a regular reader of this blog. It brings the blog to me. I don’t have to make the rounds in the blogosphere to see what’s happening in the lives of my blogging friends.

IMG_1949What is this bit of magic that brings posts directly to your in box? Here are three examples you might find on a side bar of a blog.

These are referred to as widgets. WordPress defines a widget as a small block that performs a specific function. It allows you to add content and features in the widgetized ares of your theme. They were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control to the user. I love finding the subscribe button!

When I subscribe to a blog, I get the latest post delivered. The one downfall is that occasionally the content is not delivered in a timely matter. Some are delivered hours or even a day after the post went live, but the good thing is it arrives.

Do you have a subscribe button? If not, look through your widget selection and consider adding that button. Just think of all the gifts you might send out into the world.