It took me all of 2 minutes to find and add my first wordpress plugin—Twitter for WordPress. I spend most of my day at work using Twitter as part of my job. When I’m not using it for my job, I’m using my personal account to network with other higher education web people, talk with friends, and share articles and information. It was a no-brainer to add this plugin to my new blog.
For my second plugin, I wanted something like SexyBookmarks, but without the cheesy name and gimmicky pop up. After some searching, I found Socialize. I have seen many blogs and news Web sites using socialize. The “tweet this” and “share” icons make it easy for anyone reading the blog to share my posts with others.
Finally, I found a Category Icons plugin. This allows me to assign every category in my blog posts with an icon. I have seen a few blogs with this feature and it really appeals to me. I’m a very visual person so I enjoy when someone can see a small icon and immediately—at a glance—understand what the post is going to cover.