Remember when you were a kid, parading around in Mom’s high heels and boa? Remember how much fun it was? Well, you can recapture that magic by dressing up your blog.
(And if you had so much fun dressing up in Mom’s heels and boa that you’re still doing it? Way too much information, dude.)
Before IU had an official button, I made my own. I used Windows 7’s Snipping Tool to clip a picture of the IU logo from the IU Gear store, and then loaded it into one of Blogger’s gadgets – the one called “Image.” There’s a spot for a web address, so I copied IU’s URL from my browser bar, plugged it in, and hit Save. Poof, done.
Some websites offer more complicated widgets. Shelfari, for instance, will put together a cool bookshelf for you. I’ve just started an offshoot of my main blog for book reviews, and I decided it would be fun to have a shelf of titles I’ve reviewed. Shelfari made it easy. Here’s how it works:
• Go to Shelfari.com. (Not on Shelfari? We’ve got directions here for setting yourself up.) On the right-hand side of your personal home page, down at the bottom, there’s a list of links. One of them says “Widgets.” Click that. You’ll go to a new page with a button that says, “Create widget.” Click that.
• Now the fun starts. First, choose your blogging platform; I clicked the orange B for Blogger. Next, pick which tag – in other words, which category of books – you’d like displayed on your shelf. I’ve already got a Shelfari widget that shows my own books on my main blog, so I picked “I’m reading” for this one since I didn’t have any books tagged with that yet. Click “Continue.”
• Now, pick a shelf style that suits you. I’m going with the default, because I think it will complement my blog’s background nicely. You can also adjust how tall your shelf will be, and so on. Click “Continue.”
• Shazam! Shelfari has generated the code for your widget. Copy everything that’s in the box.
Blog dress-up is fun! Plus Mom won’t yell at you for getting lipstick on her boa.