Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Feature

I have seen the LinkedWithin widget on several other blogs (most notably chaotic compendiums and Womanist Musings) and thought it was a neat idea. It's always encouraged me to lengthen my visits by bringing up other related posts that I may also enjoy. Earlier today Caitlin was kind enough to advise me on how to install it. So here it is, TBICB's newest feature!

The website says that the recommendations will improve over the next few hours as their algorithm completes its crawl through my blog archives. For the time being, it's mostly displaying my Dewey Read-a-Thon posts and my two recent reviews for Ergo and The Ninth Avatar.

Let me know what you think!

Update: It's about 15 minutes later and already LinkedWithin has gotten better! But, good Lord, some of those old posts of mine are so embarrassing. . .

Also, I've removed the LibraryThing widget from my sidebar. LinkedWithin made it redundant and the last thing I want is a cluttered blog.


mel u said...

I have been using the link within widget for about 7 months now-never any problems-loads fast and it does seem to cause people to stay on my blog longer-it works best if you have at least one pic in each of your posts

Richard said...

I actually dislike this gizmo quite a bit from my experience with it on other blogs, E.L. Fay, because the "related posts" seem to have so little in common with the particular post in question. Example: What does your 2666: The Part About Fate post, cited as a related post here, have to do with this one? Why not your other 2666 posts for that matter? They're equally NOT related to this one, ha ha! On the other hand, you should do whatever makes you happy on your own blog. Well, everything except posting more metal videos and then telling Frances I requested them!!! Good luck with your new toy. :D

Anonymous said...

I like it. Somehow the pictures that come along with it make me more likely to click on posts as well.

JoAnn said...

I installed link within several months ago really like it a lot. Richard has a valid point - they may not always be the most related posts that show up. Still, I often find myself making an extra click on a blog with that feature.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I like it even when it's not related, because I like to try and figure out why in the world it came up with that link! :--)

E. L. Fay said...

Mel U: Yeah, I've noticed that when none of the recommendations have pictures, it just lists the post titles, which doesn't look nearly as attractive.

Richard: The recommendations have improved quite a bit since you left your comment! For this post the recommendations are now other posts that I did on blogging.

And yes, you DID ask if I would be posting more European metal! I have proof:


Irisonbooks: Yeah, I like the picture aspect too. It's more aesthetically pleasing than just a list.

JoAnn: That's right, you have it too! I do agree that the recommendations aren't always related but I think that makes it more fun.

Jill: Exactly! It's more interesting that way.

Richard said...

E.L. Fay, ask about and request used to mean two different things!

E. L. Fay said...

Okay, okay. But I didn't say anything to Frances at all. I think SHE just wanted more music and was trying to pin it on you!

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