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.
What 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.