Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Digging the Cluster Map feature

I am technologically challenged. I'm not ashamed to admit it. I read other blogs and am just amazed at how you guys and gals trick out your spaces. I love Jamie's blog in particular. She's got all this cool stuff on there. I really like the slide show with the pictures. Some day, I'll sit down and figure out how to do that so I can put some of my painting work on there. Many of you have music on your blogs. Which is awesome, unless my son has been on my computer and has turned the volume all the way up -- not so awesome. Helen (Random Musings) has an entry on her blog where you can type in your URL and it will tell you the reading level of your blog. For the record, mine is Junior High level: I rock at grammar! (As an amusing side note, when I spell-checked this entry, I had actually spelled "grammar" wrong. I crack myself up!)

My buddy Jeff (Convergence) has had this cluster map feature on his blog for a long time. It tells you where your blog is being read. Up until recently, I was the only person reading my blog, so I deemed this feature unnecessary. I know where I live. But, for whatever reason, more people have started reading my blog, so I thought it might be cool to see where they are. I was pretty stoked to see a dot in Australia, one in Scotland (?), and (knock me over with a feather) one in Malaysia! I think I know who's reading in Australia and Scotland(?), but if you are the person reading from Malaysia, would you please comment and let me know who you are? I would love to hear from you! Also, if you click on the cluster map on the sidebar of this blog, you too can have this feature!



Update: Here's the link to test your blog's readability: random musings

18 comments:

jamie in rose cottage said...

I like playing with my blog. There are a few great free tutorials I used with easy help sections for some of the basic stuff I added on mine. And the slide show is a photobucket thing. :-)

Kris said...

I like to 'Trick' my site out too. I got my map by clicking your (thanks). I have only one dot. ;( oh well, it is still fun.

kw

jamie in rose cottage said...

Hey- another thing I learned is that you can delete comments totally so you don't have that "comment deleted" thing left (and you can do that with this one later if you want {smile}). You can click that little trash can, and then check the "delete forever" box. Or once it's deleted like it currently is, you can just click the trash can again.

katdish said...

Jamie, Thanks for the heads-up on the trash can thing. Somebody (who likes elephants) keeps messing up on their comments!

Justine said...

Aren't all these widgets and stuff so fun? I love discovering new ones!

Justine :o )

Justine said...

I can't find the post on Random Musings about your level of grammar! Help!

Justine :o )

Kris said...

hey, you know about my mess up phobia! jamie, thanks for the heads up.

kw

katdish said...

Justine,

I've updated the post. Go to the bottom of the entry and click on "random musings".

Justine said...

WTH? My blog is JR. high school worthy? I'm pissed!

Justine :o )

Kris said...

my blog is a high school level. wow! who knew!

and...i have a new widget on my blog.

kw

Kim said...

Nice blog, Kathy! Even though Cameron was only in our youth group for a couple Sundays, we sure will miss him! He was Laz's biggest fan! :) Hope everything goes well!

Kim

Christine said...

Apparently my blog is rated Genius. I must have used a big word somewhere. :) I wonder how on earth it determines the rating or if it's just a random thing...hmmmm...

katdish said...

Kim, thanks for stopping by goofy blog. No final goodbyes just yet. We'll probably be there Sunday!

Christine, seriously, girl. Is the genius level really a suprise? I've always said you were freakishly intelligent! And yet, you're still willing to hang with me. Cool.

Kris said...

i'm going crazy with widgets. my blog looks like those yards with so much stuff in them you can't mow or walk around. i think i'm out of control and it is all your fault.

kw

katdish said...

Hey, don't pin your OCD on me! I'm just here to be a shining example of what a truly sophomoric blog should look like! I consider it my calling, really.

Buffie said...

Wow, that IS a cool feature and I need one now!!! I'll have to get Mike to help me as Im fairly challenged in that area myself! Have a great weekend! Buffie

Buffie said...

YEA! I did it! I have a Cluster Map now!!! lol! Thanks for telling us about it...

Four in Costa Rica said...

Thanks for the link to the blog evaluating tool; that was fun! I too am a grammar nut and I love stuff like that.

Christine