Anyway, the other day I gave into the "new blogger" pressure and tried upgrading the blog template... for all of about 2 seconds. The promised drag and drop layout editing was embarrassingly rudimentary and didn't work properly. And I was looking forward to easily be able to add google "elements" (like links, google news, images etc). But again, they were super crude and not really customizable. So back to the old school template it was, post haste. But I was still jealous of people with typepad and other blogs that easily show links, news, "what i'm reading" etc. So now I'm inspired to experiment with some widgets for the sidebar - I'll try to keep them pretty minimalistic. I may not quite have katie's luddite leanings, but i'm an old school kind of girl. I cringe every time I have to click on a myspace link, it's like opening a spare closet and bracing yourself for the inevitable piece of junk to fall on your the head, the way every inch is crammed with streaming music and video and images and assorted widgets. yeesh.
So, on that note, you may have noticed the del.icio.us links over on the right there. I know I'm like the last person in the world to notice, but it's such a great service. I vastly prefer 99.9% of firefox's features over safari, but the way they organize links is SO difficult to navigate. Enter del.icio.us, which is TAG based, so you can easily cross reference and organize your links. On my own computer, it's just one click to add or access links, but it's webbased so you can access it from anywhere! (if only i'd realized this last year, when I was constantly bouncing around different computers. grr.) And I really like the widget - very simple, and will automatically populate when I update my links. All this boils down to for you, dear reader, is that I won't have to type up these pesky posts just to share my favorite sites. The most recent links will be hanging out over in the sidebar, and if you click on the header it will show you all the links I've been moved to share, with descriptions.
I found a cool book sharing service/widget as well, so that's coming soon. I'm still looking for a good music sharing one. Just something that I can update with music I've been listening to... nothing fancy and streaming, or corporate/Amazon based. Anything else you want to see that would