Blogger Adds New Gadgets – Popular Posts and Blog Stats

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Blogger has announced the addition of two new gadgets: Popular Posts and Blog’s Stats. According to the Blogger Buzz post yesterday, these two gadgets were previously released in Blogger in Draft and based on feedback they are now ready for all users of Blogger to add them to their own blogs.

  • To access the new gadgets, log in at Blogger, click Design and then click Add a Gadget. The Add a Gadget dialog appears:

Blogger Gadgets - Add A Gadget Dialog

  • Select Popular Posts and the Configure Popular Posts dialog appears:

Blogger Gadgets - Popular Posts Dialog

  • Enter the title and select how to display the posts. Click Save.  The Popular Posts gadget appears in your sidebar.

Blogger Gadgets - Popular Posts

  • Next, return to the Add a Gadget dialog and select Blog’s Stats and the Configure Blog’s Stats dialog appears:

Blogger Gadgets - Stats Widget Dialog

  • Enter the title and select how to display the stats. Click Save.  The Total Pageviews gadget appears in your sidebar.

Blogger Gadgets - Total Pageviews

The examples above are from my personal genealogy blog Destination: Austin Family.  For now, I will leave these gadgets in the sidebar so folks can go and take a look.  However, I am not sure if I want to leave them long-term and here’s why:

  • I’ve gotten away from advertising my page counts etc. And I’m not sure how far back this number goes – is it since July 1, 2010 when Blogger announced its new Stats feature? Or is it since I started the blog in December 2006? I know if I track the same stats on Feed Burner or some other analytics, the count is much higher. If someone can pinpoint this info, please share it with the GeneaBloggers readers in the comments.
  • The Popular Posts can easily be skewed as is evident with my example: one of the most popular is Christmas Card Conundrum from the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. The only reason this post appears on the popular list is because many spam blogs have been hitting it and linking to it.

So, will you be using these new gadgets on your Blogger blog? Let us know in the comments.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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