Two features were recently introduced for WordPress.com users. For those of you that don’t know the difference, I’ll just call it FREE WordPress.
The Image Widget
The first feature I’ll talk about is the Image Widget. This widget lets you add a static image to the side bar of your blog. When I looked into this I found out that the image needs to be one found on the web and needs an extention that you typically find for images like .jpeg, .gif, .png etc. I was rather disappointed because I wanted to post an image from my computer, not from the web.
So I gave it some thought and then it dawned on me – I can put this widget to use by adding a Twitter icon which links to my Twitter account.
Check it out over on the right. Might not look as great as some of the others I’ve seen on PAID WordPress blogs, but it gets the job done. The link has been clicked 5 times since yesterday which is more than the link I’ve had on my Contact Page for over a month.
The SoundCloud Widget
The second feature is a little more near and dear to my heart and it is the SoundCloud widget. By the way, don’t go looking for a SoundCloud widget on the FREE WordPress widgets list, I just made the name up. See, I was looking for a way to add some jazz music to my blog that would be static. I’ve included a Coltrane YouTube music video in a post before but it’s an older post and it might not get noticed much anymore. So when FREE WordPress introduced easy integration with SoundCloud by embeding a SoundCloud track into a post, I thought, this is a great feature. But how can I make it better?
Well, I took things a step further and played around a little to see if it would work and- Voila!
I used the Text Widget and added a SoundCloud track called Piece of Cake from jazz artist Kevin Peter Jones. You can find it on the right right under the picture of Your Host (that’s me!), and if you want to hear a great jazz song press play. So if you’re a music lover, I’m sure you will find something over at SoundCloud that you’ll want to use on your blog in a “SoundCloud Wigdet” 😉