Flickr is my favorite photo sharing site. I have been using Flickr since late 2006, and I kick myself for scoffing at hosted-elsewhere photo services prior to then. Flickr makes it easy to upload photos, and thanks to technology I can upload from within my browser, from my desktop, from my iPod Touch, from my iPad, even from my smart phone! I can display photos in sets and collections, and I can create mosaics, collages and slideshows to display on my blog.
Also, from a blogging standpoint, there are plenty of Flickr plugins that I can use to bring Flickr to my blog, and my blog to Flickr!
Are you on Flickr? If so, add me – I’m kiss-my-kitty.
Up for grabs are my recommendations of 3 awesome plugins for WordPress:
Use Fluency Admin to create a collapsed-at-all-times sidebar that provides icons (on or off – your choice) for sub-navigation, as well as your choice of background color. I really like Fluency because it cleans up the look of the WordPress dashboard.
If you want to set up a basic progress bar to show your weight loss, debt paid off, money saved up, etc., then you’ll want to use Progress Bar. It’s quick to install and configure, and requires only one short line of PHP code to get it displayed on your blog’s sidebar.
The ultimate Twitter <--> WordPress plugin, in my opinion, Twitter Tools makes it easy for you to send new post notifications to Twitter, and display your recent tweets in your blog’s sidebar. Choose from the hard-coded method or widgets.
Have you noticed that it’s snowing here on iBlogalicious? You can make it snow on your blog too, simply by using the Let It Snow plugin. Speaking of snow, can you believe we had our first snowfall a month ago? I live in Pennsylvania, FYI, so snow in October is not a very common occurrence. In fact, I’m pretty sure the last “significant” snowfall in October last occurred sometime in 1979. Typically we don’t get a decent snowfall until at least mid-November. But on Saturday, October 27th, this is what I woke up to:
In any case, I am totally ready for cold weather. I purchased snow boots for my son and daughter in early October; a new winter coat, snow pants, and a set of waterproof gloves for my daughter three weeks ago; and a long winter coat for myself that night. My son has a very nice 4-in-1 winter coat from last year, and I purchased a pair of snow pants for him about a month back, so we’re all set. Usually I wait until last minute to purchase snow boots for the kids, and by then they’re almost always sold out.
So tell me… are you ready for winter weather?
I purchased my very first Android phone, a T-Mobile G1, in February of 2009. Within a matter of days I was sold. I used to hate Google, but ever since my first Android purchase I have been sold. In chronological order, here are the Android phones I’ve had since then:
- T-Mobile myTouch 3G
- T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
- T-Mobile G2
- T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide (my current phone)
Since I use Gmail (I add my pop accounts to my Gmail account so I can check my non-Gmail account), it just makes sense to have an Android phone. Everything is perfectly integrated: email, calendar, tasks, RSS feed, etc. So if you use Gmail or Google, you’ll definitely want to get an Android phone! ♥
Pinterest is the next thing in social bookmarking. Rather than using standard text and text-based descriptions for bookmarks, and organizing them into folders or categories, Pinterest allows you to visually bookmark pages of interest – and select a corresponding image from that page (or one you specify via URL or upload) to represent that bookmark. Oh, and bookmarks aren’t called bookmarks — they’re called pins. And pins are categorized on boards, rather than in folders or categories.
I love Pinterest. Visually, the layout is gorgeous. The never-ending scroll on pages makes it easy to just browse and browse and browse. You can search pins, boards, do specific word searches, or just browse what other people are pinning. From a social networking standpoint, Pinterest is a lot of fun and easy to use, and makes it easy to keep up with your friends’ interests. And from an SEO standpoint, Pinterest is definitely a worthwhile marketing and optimization tool.
Right now Pinterest is invite-only, but go ahead and request an invite — I got mine within a matter of days!