Posts Tagged ‘Blogger’

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22 Great Blogging Widgets

January 27, 2009

Today as a musician I need to be able to write, record, mix, edit, distribute, conceive artwork, implement it and the list goes on and on!

One of the many useful tools available  is a Blog. All bands and artists should have one.

So here is a list of some of the easiest ways to get good quality content on your blogs.

bloggerMany people think that Blogger lacks in all of the extra goodies you can add to other platforms like WordPress, but it simply isn’t true. By using widgets you can customize your blog as much as you like by just adding little snippets of code to the sidebars.

Allow users to talk to you via IM, see what your most popular posts are, or even read news from sites such as Mashable. With these 25 widgets, you can create an even more powerful way of communicating with your visitors, just make sure you don’t overload them with too many!

What are some of your favorite widgets for use on Blogger?


Communications Widgets


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Google Talk – Give visitors the ability to talk to you via Google Talk directly from your blog sidebar.

Jaxtr – Create a widget that allows people to call you on the phone without revealing the phone number to them.

Meebo Me – Meebo Me will allow you to create a chat box that you can install on your Blogger page, giving you the chance to converse with visitors to your site.

Skype – The official Skype widget allows you to create various buttons that can show your current status and also allows people to just click it and give you a call.

Tag-Board – Allows you to add a real-time chat board to your blog that your visitors and you can use to converse.


Social Widgets


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Delicious Linkrolls – Share your Delicious bookmarks with the world with this easy to install linkroll widget.

FriendFeed Widget – Share all of your FriendFeed activity with the readers of your site.

Google Friend Connect – A makeshift social network that runs across any site that has installed Google Friend Connect.  You can join a site, see the other members, play games and more.

LinkedInABox – LinkedInABox retrieves your LinkedIn profile to display on your blog, allowing people to look through things such as your specialties and experience.

MyBlogLog – If someone visits your blog that is also a member of MyBlogLog, their avatar and username will appear in the box.  You can then click on any person to check out their profile on the service.

Twitter – Add your Twitter stream to your blog and display anywhere from your last tweet to the last twenty. Also gives a link for people to be able to follow you.

Share on Facebook – A simple widget that allows your readers to share items from your blog on Facebook.

SocialFeed – A miniature lifestreaming widget that broadcasts your activities on sites such as Twitter, StumbleUpon, Last.fm and so on.  Has several different skins you can choose from.


Utility Widgets


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Add This – The popular social bookmarking button is available for Blogger accounts.

Easy Comments – This widget allows you to add commenting to any page of your site by placing the widget at the bottom of a page.  Allows people to say if they liked the comment, includes comment threading and more.

Google Search – Add an AJAX powered Google search box to your blog that you can allow to search the web and your blog, or even just restrict it to the contents of your site.

Popular Posts – This widget will take a look at your comments, up to the last 5,000, and generate a list of which posts had the most conversation around them.

Recent Comments – Display the most recent comments on your blog in this widget so that readers can join in the conversation.

Related Posts – Not so much a widget as a hack, this will give you the related post functionality that so many WordPress powered blogs use.

ShareThis – The highly customizable green button that ShareThis is known for can be added to your blog.  Choose if you want it for social bookmarking, users emailing your posts and more.

Shout List Icons – Be the king (or queen) of social sharing with this widget that generates icons for over 30 social sites your blog can be added to.

Tag/Label Cloud – Gives you the ability to install a traditional tag cloud in your sidebar so people can see what you write about the most.

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Podcasting: What is it? How do I do that?

November 21, 2008

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Podcasting is creating your own content (mp3 or video for example ) with intent for users to download using one of several programs that have been created to retrieve your audio file automatically, like iTunes or Google reader etc.

Podcasting is simply distributing audio content using RSS. The process is suprisingly simple, and by making audio content available using RSS, podcasters give listeners more control over what they listen to and when. Also, many podcasts are available for syndication, which increases a broadcasters exposure.

For more infomation on RRS check our article here

Here is a breakdown of what you will need and need to know to be able to Podcast:

Skills you may need….

1. How to record your audio and save it to an .mp3 file. (Video is of course also allowed)

2. How to upload the .mp3 file to a website or hosting service

3. How to upload the RSS “feed”  burner service.

After creating your material using an audio editing program of your choice you’ll need somwhere to store it online. if you have a sever upload it here, if your lost at the word ‘server’ …get a blog like ‘WordPress’ or ‘Blogger’.

The majority of things you will have to master in order to Podcast are online and if your new to Blogging, Podcasting is an ideal  reason to start. Your ‘Blog’ will allow to to upload you MP3’s and store them within your Blog enabling users to visit your site and download or even better ‘Subscribe’!

There are many different ways to create/ store your Podcasts, you just need to find the server and Feedburner that works for you, the videos here all do things a little different so dont worry if you do things different also!

An RSS feed is the final step in transforming your collection of audio/video files into a bona fide podcast! With FeedBurner’s SmartCast service, you can use any blogging tool that creates a feed to publish your podcast. Here’s how it works: If your blog post contains a link (<a href=””></a>) to an audio/video file, we’ll convert it to an RSS enclosure — a special link found only in your feed — that programs like iPodder, iTunes and NetNewsWire recognize. Google Reader and several other online readers also recognize enclosures and offer a playback link or audio control when they encounter them.

Equipment you may need…

1. Audio Editing Software

2. A Microphone

3. A Sound Card

Steinberg Sequel 2

Sequel turns you into a producer, and gives you your own fully-loaded music studio. You need HipHop beats for your latest track? Or want to surprise your friends at your next party with your own electro live-set? Sequel gives you everything you need to produce pro-quality tracks at home, on a plane, in the rehearsal room or even live…

Sony Media ACID Music Studio 7

If you’re serious about making your own music, ACID Music Studio software is the perfect tool for original song creation, multitrack audio and MIDI recording, and studio-quality mixing, and effects processing. Share your songs any way you want — burn your own CDs, upload to the web, prepare audio for podcasts, or export to your MP3 player.

Blue Snowflake

Blue offers up the Snowflake, the world’s first truly professional and portable USB mic. With plug-and-play simplicity, podcasts, web conferences, or adding voiceovers to video projects takes on a new level of ease and quality. The Snowflake is compatible with both Macs and PCs, and it’s low-profile design makes it a perfect fit with either desktop or laptop systems.…

Behringer Podcastudio USB

Introducing the Radiolutionary Podcastudio USB Bundle from Behringer. Looking for a new way to express yourself? Ever wanted to be a famous producer? Then podcasting is the answer and the Behringer Podcastudio bundle has all you need to make high-quality podcasts and home recordings. Go on air straight out of the box with this fantastic Podcastudio recording…

Samson C03U Recording Pak – Recording / Podcasting Pak

Samson changed the way the world records audio with the C01U and C03U USB Studio Condenser microphones — the first studio quality condenser microphones equipped with a USB interface. The C03U Recording / Podcasting Pak includes everything needed to record digital audio on a PC or Mac with an eye on maximum portability.

Edirol UA-25EX

Mobile Connectivity with Pro-Studio Extras Rugged, compact, and feature-filled, the new UA-25EX is a portable-interface powerhouse. Ideal for computer-based audio engineers who appreciate mobility, this 24bit/96kHz USB audio interface is equipped with pro-grade microphone preamps, a newly-developed analog compressor/limiter, and ground-lift functionality for studio and stage.

Tascam US-144

The follow-up to the mega popular US-122, the new US-144 delivers everything you’d want in a portable audio/MIDI interface and more.

Record two tracks at a time with zero latency; whether you have a PC or a Mac, your song ideas go down in real time, real easy. Its size means you can take it anywhere you go…

Edirol R-09HR Including Free 4GB SD Card

The R-09HR is a professional, high-definition recorder that travels light and performs like a heavyweight. With crystal-clear 24/96 fidelity, the R-09HR is the new flagship of EDIROL’s award-winning R-series recorders. Features 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM high-resolution, low-noise recording Newly developed Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit (I.A.R.C.) High-grade, high-sensitivity stereo condenser microphone built in …

List of sites that accept podcast submissions.

iTunes - submit your iTune podcasts

Podcasting Station – submit podcasts to the podcasting directory

Podcasting News – submit podcasts to the podcasting directory

DigitalPodcast – enter the category scroll to the bottom and click add url

Podcast Alley – submit podcast title, website, xml feed, and description.

Podcast Bunker- recommend a podcast, only high quality podcasts will be added.

Podcast411- add a podcast

AllPodcasts – index a podcast (an RSS 2.0 feed with an audio enclosure), enter the URL for the RSS feed into the field below and click “Index”.

iPodderx – submit podcasts to ipodderx directory

audio.weblogs – ping audio web logs to update them

Podcast.net – List your podcast on podcast.net and watch your audience grow!

PodcastHost – add a podcast to PodcastHost

Podsites.com – post a “podsite”

Pocketcasting – submit a podcast

RSS Network – submit to podcast category

Podcast Pickle – submit to podcast category

Plazoo – submit to podcasts or vlogs

Singing Fish – submit music/video directory

Blog Universe – submit podcasts to directory

Digital Podcasts – add podcasts to the digital podcast directory

PodFeeder – podcast submission

PodFeed – podcast submission

Open Media Network – submit audio and videocasts

Podcast Charts – chart podcasts (requires membership)

iPassages – Christian podcast submissions

My Podcast Center – small podcast directory

PodBlaze – small podcast directory

Podcast Shownotes – post podcasts on blog

Loomia – post podcasts and rss feeds

GetAPodcast – post podcasts and rss feeds

Syndic8 Podcast – post podcasts and rss feeds

Podcast Shuffle – post podcasts

idiotvox – submit a podcast feed

Blinkx – submit a podcast feed

PodNova – submit a podcast

PodCasts Yahoo - submit a podcast (top right corner)

Blast Podcasts - submit podcasts

Pod Spider - submit podcasts

Pod Lounge - The Pod Lounge relies on user submissions to help build the database and we appreciate any additions you can provide

Amigo Fish – submit a feed/podcast

AudioFeeds – submit music podcasts only

Every Podcast – submit podcasts

Fluctu8 – submit podcasts

Get a Podcast – submit podcasts

HardPodCafe – submit podcasts

Podcast Shuffle – submit podcasts

Podcaster World – submit podcasts

Podcast Pup – submit podcasts

PodTower – submit podcasts

Vital Podcasts – submit podcasts

Religious Podcasts – submit religious podcasts (only accept religious casts)

Educational Podcasts – submit educational podcasts

Podcast Videos – submit videocasts

Feedshark – automate submissions to 10 podcast sites

YakkYakk – podcast submissions

Pluggd – podcast submissions

Canadian Podcasts – submit podcasts

Fetching Podcasts – submit podcasts

GODcasts1000 – submit Christian podcasts

Church Podcasts – submit Christian podcasts

Realty Feeds – submit real estate podcasts or feeds

MLPodcasts – submit realty podcasts

Podcast Directory – submit all podcasts

Medical Feeds – submit medical podcasts

Sports Podcasts – submit medical podcasts

Podcast Reviews – submit podcasts

Tech Podcasts – submit technology podcasts

FireAnt – submit podcasts

Podcast Pup – add a podcasts

Vital Podcasts – add podcasts

PodcastLikeThat – add podcast feeds

Australian Podcasts – submit podcast feeds

GetAPodcast – submit podcasts

Pod-Planet – submit podcasts

Sports Podcasts – Submit sports related RSS feeds and podcasts.

Political Podcasts – Submit political feeds and podcasts.

Government Podcasts – Submit podcasts and feeds ONLY from government agencies. Feeds from both Local and federal governments are accepted.

iBiz Radio – Submit podcasts (only submit business podcasts)

Podcast Blaster – Submit podcasts

YouLoud – add podcasts

Vital Podcasts – add podcasts

Educational Podcasts – Submit educational podcasts and feeds.

Blubrry Podcasts – login to submit podcasts.

Podcast Empire – submit podcasts.

AOL Podcast Beta – submit podcasts.

Podcast Like That – submit podcasts.

AudioFeeds.org – submit podcasts.

Digg Podcasts – DIGG podcast directory.

EPN – Educational Podcast Network

Family Friendly Podcasts – submit child safe podcasts

Hwy777 – submit christian podcasts

Mirpod – submit podcasts.

Podcast Directory AU – submit Australian podcasts.

Podcaster World – submit podcasts.

Pod Farm – submit podcasts.

PodMopolis – submit podcasts.

RECAP – submit educational podcasts.

Speecha – submit audio podcasts.

Women in Podcasting – submit podcasts.

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