Widget Strategist

I’ve owned the domain widgetstrategist.com for a couple of minutes now. I should provide some content. Since it’s currently more of an umbrella for my widget-related services than a service in its own right, it doesn’t yet need its own site, and so it points to this very post.

There are currently four services under the Widget Strategist umbrella. Two are currently available, and the other two will be available soon (i.e. before the end of 2008).

  • Wijard combines widget and business card (hence wijard) so that people can present the same image and information on their web sites and from the cards they give out in the real world. You can order your own wijard now, and that seems like a good idea, given the current offer of free shipping on the cards.
  • Springrolled is a service allowing bloggers to use widgets not readily available at their blogs. The demand for this service is illustrated by the demand for the Library Thing widget at WordPress.com. Indeed, providing a WordPress.com-compatible version of that widget is likely to be the first offering available from Springrolled.
  • Widgets are still rather new to many readers and writers of the web. Introducing and explaining widgets is an important part of Widget Strategist and of every service under the umbrella. Explaining widgets is also under the umbrella as a service in its own right. If widgets are a part of your business, you could use help explaining widgets to your customers or other stakeholders, and you like what you see of my word at Springrolled* and elsewhere, consider engaging my services.
  • Finally, you will soon be able to engage my services on widget strategy for your organization. I will not push this service until I am satisfied with my portfolio of posts, widgets, and other work illustrating my qualification for it (but please feel free to contact me about this service in the meantime).

*Examples of widget-explaining at Springrolled include:

By the way, please also contact me if you have anything to say about the compulsion to buy domains. Is there a name for this condition? Treatment? I’m glad I own widgetstategist.com, but feel that it should be the last domain I buy… at least this year.

Founding Wijard

How about a thing that’s both a web widget and a business card? That’s what a wijard is. Here’s the founding wijard, which is both the first wijard and the wijard of the founder (me). Or rather, here’s the widget part of it.

[clearspring_widget title=”Wijard Founder” wid=”49148a40a6b320ec” pid=”49150f8c0542db23″ width=”525″ height=”525″ domain=”widgets.clearspring.com”]

Theme Thoughts

I’ve been looking through WordPress themes recently to power a startup. Since I’m using self-hosted WordPress, rather than WordPress.com (which is where this blog is hosted), the number of available themes is well into four figures. As usual, I was looking for a clean theme. I had some additional criteria.

The main thing that struck me was the clumsiness of the search tools available. Of course, it might just be that I’m bad at searching for search tools. But at a time when semantic search is all the rage, it should be possible to express preferences and get a few good results amidst a domain of only a thousand or two entities.

Long story short, I ended up with Orange Techno from the German firm AOE media. AOE has made several themes available to the WordPress community under the GPL, and I like their “clean but with a personality” approach to theme design.

So, the theme for Wijard is a tweaked Orange Techno. And I’m still looking for an extremely clean, but not annoying, theme for the companion blog.

LinkedIn to WordPress

Automattic Heather just pronounced herself happy to announce the launch of the WordPress App for LinkedIn. I just added the app to my LinkedIn profile. When prompted for the URI of my blog, I specified this blog.

But there’s at least one other WordPress-powered blog I’d like to add to show up on my LinkedIn profile. So, while I welcome the WordPress App for LinkedIn, I hope that it will soon allow my LinkedIn visitors to see posts from multiple WordPress blogs.