Creating a Blidget – Blog Widget – widgetbox

How I created a blog widget, gadget, snippet, blidget of my crap for you to add to your blog/website.

How sexy is this Blidget? Widgetbox is one of those easy to make widget sites. A blidget is a widget or gadget (a box with RSS feeds, like MyYahoo or iGoogle) – people can subscribe to your blog and put your headlines in a box on their page. Pretend you are the Washington Post and a press feed or news feed company like Reuters or AAP are delivering your articles to the Sydney Morning Herald and other newsources. There ya go- citizen media distribution!
Put in your blog URL – http://laurelpapworth.com in my case – pick a default colour (your readers can change it) and pick a picture. Actually I am going to chop SilkCharm’s head off and just use Titles.

Publish it, don’t publish it, in widgetbox public gallery. Doesn’t matter to me.

When people click on it, to add it to their blog, they get a nice little pop up thingie:

It took me longer to write this post than it did to make the blog widget. Blidget. Whatever.

I also added an “email signup” box so that you can get my blog – the full thing – emailed to you on Mondays. I went to FeedBlitz, signed up, filled in the form. In return they gave me some code to copy and paste into the box on the right. No clue if it works, will know on Monday I guess.

EDIT: Forgot to add this bit from the welcome email:

Turn your blidget into a Facebook or Bebo App.

Learn how Widgetbox has made your blidget ready for OpenSocial.

Not bad.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

3 thoughts on “Creating a Blidget – Blog Widget – widgetbox

  1. I love Widgetbox’s blidget, but they’re closing in March, so I’m looking for alternatives. I did find some HTML code that will list the posts and titles, but it doesn’t have the sleekness that Widgetbox’s blidget did. Let me know if you find any other resources that will do the same thing.

  2. You can try FeeWind – its a Free RSS widget that has no ads and is customizable too – check it out at http://feed.mikle.com

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