Blog Widgets. Do you use them? Do you have them on your blog? Do you know what I’m talking about? A blog widget is that list of books “From my LibraryThing” and such, that you’ll sometimes see on someone’s sidebar. If you use it, do all of your books show up or do you have it set to only show certain books? Do you have a search widget, which would allow your blog readers to search your library? Have you ever made a photomosaic of your book covers? You can find widgets and photomosaic information on the “Tools” tab in LibraryThing.
I do have a widget, right over there in the sidebar. As I am fairly lazy, it is simply of all of the books in my library. I would really like to exclude the wishlist/mooched away books, but I haven’t bothered to actually do so yet, so no guarantees that I actually have posession of anything you see. Perhaps someday we will get ‘collections’ and then I can just use my ‘in library’ collection in my widget. A search widget would be interesting, but I’ve got enough junk in my sidebars as it is.
I haven’t downloaded any of the photomosaic tools (I should though, that would be fun), but I have used the ‘all covers’ page to create a pseudo-mosaic: the header on the first iteration of my blog. Unfortunately with the theme I have now, I can’t change my header so I can’t use it anymore, which is a shame, because I really liked it. Hmm, maybe I still have it in my media to share with you all:
I’m not really sure how it got shrunk down, but that’s okay. If I want to put another one up I’ll do a new one that actually uses covers of books I have reviewed instead of books I read before I started the blog.
Are you a widget-y person?