I am in the process of setting up a new WordPress blog. (Will share the url some other time). I haven't gone through this process in a while, so I've discovered that WordPress has gotten cooler. Well, not so much WordPress itself. But WordPress-related stuff.

For instance, since the last time I looked at all this stuff, there's been something created called WordPress Widgets. It's not brand new, so I'm sure most of you already know about it, but for those of you who had their heads in the sand like I did, this is for you.

WP Widgets is this cool ajaxy thing that allows you to move stuff around in the sidebar. You know how many times I've mucked around with the code in this sidebar? No, you don't, and neither do I. But it's been more than a few times, less than 1000, so my best guess would be a bunch of times! And I never fail to bungle the code on the first (or second) try. Now, I can move stuff around in the sidebar (put the links before or after the archives, etc.) without touching the code at all. And of course, there are other widgety goodies to download and use within the sidebar. Sweet! (Note: Your template must be capable of using widgets, which this one is not, so no widgets love on SEO Scoop for me, but my new blog template is widgetizable).

Also, I went looking for WordPress plugins and discovered that they are organized so much more nicely now. It was a breeze to find the ones I was looking for, and easy to discover new ones. Although, I admit that I wasted a lot of time just browsing, but it was fun.

So, if you haven't set up a WP blog in a while, and decide to do so, I recommend finding or creating a template that can utilize WordPress Widgets. You'll be glad you did.