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Blogging For Dummies® by Shane Birley, Susannah Gardner

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Chapter 19. Ten Cool Tricks for Making Your Blog Shine

In This Chapter

  • Making your blog look just a little cooler

  • Using cool technology tricks

  • Getting ahead just because you want to

When you're committed to the blogging lifestyle, the daily grind might feel overwhelming at times — writing, tinkering with blog software, preparing images, and repeating the process over and over. What a grind! Luckily for you, a series of Web sites and software can spice things up and banish any boredom you're experiencing, all while attracting new readers to your blog.

These tools are fun to play with. Some help create more links, keep people up to date, or just add a little silliness. Others are truly useful services to add to your blog. Adding tag clouds (a visual representation of the keywords used to describe your blog posts), throwing in some social bookmarking tools, adding a notification service, and sharing your musical tastes are but a few of these new aspects of the blogosphere.

This chapter highlights a few of these interesting methods of attracting like‐minded individuals to your blog and how users can benefit from using these services.

Twittering Your News

Twitter, shown in Figure 19-1 , is a social networking tool that allows individuals (be they bloggers or not) to broadcast short messages to fellow Twitterers or to the general public. Twitter is all about keeping people updated. The updates are tracked and can be subscribed to through the Twitter Web site (www.twitter.com) or followed using ...

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