1. Add widgets to your sidebar--check
2. Have a visitor tracking widget on your blog--check, check.
3. Spring clean your sidebar--check, check, check
4. Take a walk through your side bar and see what you like--check, check, check, check.
I thought first I should assess the widgets I had so here is my list (some of these are from an earlier blog challenge, but others are recent editions as a result of this Teacher Challenge).
RSS Feed (thank you Will Richardson for helping me understand this at NECC 2007 in Atlanta), Pages (didn’t know I could do this, but I love it!), Introduction to me (with new cartoonized avatar), Email (does anyone use this anymore?), Search Engine for Fresh Fowlers (does this even work if I am not good about tagging my posts?), Clustrmap visitor locator (love to see all those red dots from outside the US and from all over the US, too!), Blog List (definitely need to update this and keep updating it on a more regular basis), My Personality badge info (this is fun and VERY accurate for me!), a Yahoo avatar of myself (as I hoped I would look after becoming a lifetime Weight Watchers member), Creative Commons License (good thing to have), a Blog Archive link (not very helpful because it only gives the month not the year and I can’t seem to undo that), and finally a K-12 Online Conference 2008 badge (where I was a presenter). Whew, that is tiring to complete the list which leads me to believe I definitely need to do some spring cleaning. I am getting rid of the Search Engine, the Blog List, the Yahoo Avatar, and the Blog Archive Link.
Hmm having a really hard time finding widgets that I like that don’t feel like I am cluttering up the sidebar. I’ll need to go and see what other folks have on their sidebars and see what strikes my fancy.
So I added these widgets. . .
1. A weekly poll that hopefully my students at UWA and my other blog readers will answer.
2. A list of books I am currently reading from Shelfari.
3. LinkRolls from My Delicious
4. My tag cloud from My Delicious
So what do you think about my additions? Is my page too cluttered with widgets? I am really looking for some feedback. I get too addicted to new gadgets/widgets so I might need reigning in!