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Widgets and Mind Maps

posted Mar 7, 2011, 10:44 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley
One of the neat things about having your own blog is the ability to customize it to be more representative of you.

There are many widgets and tools to give you information about who is visiting your site and where from, that you can add to your blog, with some simple html copying-and-pasting. Here are 2 examples:

ClustrMaps - this widget adds a red dot to your world map, to show the location of people viewing it.
StatCounter - is a hit counter website, where you can choose a design of counter, and it will add a number to the counter each time someone visits your blog. The link provided shows you exactly how to embed it once you have generated the html code.

Task 1
Add one (or both) of the above widgets to your blog sidebar.

Task 2 
Use one of the following online mind mapping tools to map what you would most like to blog about. When you have finished it (please be as detailed as possible), then embed it in your blog as your first blog post. You will need to write an introduction first.

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Task 3 (optional)

You may like to explore some other widgets that you can include on your blog (e.g. Shelfari). 

Top Digital Citizenship Tip: you need to explore the Terms of Service for any widgets you use, to make sure that under 13s are permitted to use them. If you find one you want to include that requires parental permission to use, then talk it over with your parents to decide if it's right for you.

Top Design Tip: Don't go crazy over the many widgets available. You don't want your blog to look busy and flashy, as it will detract for your fabulous content.