MyBlogLog and the Free Toaster

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This is to announce the addition of the MyBlogLog widget to the sidebar. Woohoo! If you are a member of the MyBlogLog blog community site, your username and avatar should show up under the recent readers list in the sidebar when you visit this blog.

For those of you who don’t know, MyBlogLog is a blog community site like Technorati but with some additional tracking functions. There is also a very strong community building component, including the ability to see a public list of recent visitors to the blog as you can see at the bottom of the sidebar, and also a sort of private message board per author where other MyBlogLog members can leave comments and shout-outs. Check out the MyBlogLog page for Samir Bharadwaj dot Com.

I actually signed up for the MyBlogLog service quite some time ago, but I never got around to implementing the widget on the site. Since I was a member, I did show up on other people’s blogs when I visited, which was a plus. During this silent time, one person has already taken the trouble and done me the honour of joining the MyBlogLog community for this blog. Jon Anderson of has not only been kind enough to include many of my posts in various editions of his wonderful blog carnivals in the past, but now he has also set the ball rolling on my MyBlogLog community. For all that I am thankful, and for his efforts he wins a FREE toaster! … well, a “virtual” free toaster actually, in the form of the new and extremely prestigious Free Toaster Award! *applause*

The Free Toaster Award - to Jon Anderson - for online friendliness above and beyond the call of duty

Congratulations Jon, on winning the inaugural Free Toaster Award! Feel free to save it and do with it what you will — use it as a bumper sticker, a snazzy ID tag, a sexy tattoo, or whatever suits your fancy. If you want a print a large wall to wall poster of it you might need a better version, which I will be glad to supply. šŸ˜‰

All you other wonderful people out there, you know you want the Free Toaster Award, don’t you? Maybe I will make this a semi regular feature and give these out to some deserving people once in a while. Meanwhile, if you enjoy reading this blog please join my MyBlogLog community and leave a comment or two on my author page. It will be good to know who my readers are. As far as you keeping track of me, you have already subscribed to my full feed RSS haven’t you?


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    1. That was quick!

      I just left a message on your MyBlogLog profile gently directing you towards your grand prize. Glad you liked it. šŸ˜€

      Thanks again Jon, and keep up the good work.

  1. I love MyBlogLog and that is how I find many of the bloggers I network with. I don’t see the MBL widget on this page, but it could be blocked from the location I am currently at.


    1. MyBlogLog truly is a great idea. Dry stats and figures have always been around, but the kind of live feedback that this provides makes for much more natural interaction with readers and visitors than tracking them down through your server logs.

      The MyBlogLog widget is meant to show up here in the right-most column just above the Alexa widget. As you mentioned, it might be a blocking issue from where you were browsing, or maybe its a caching issue.

      If anyone else doesn’t see the widget where it is supposed to be, please leave a comment here. In shows up fine for me, but if there is a problem with it which I could solve, it would be good to know at least.

      Thanks for dropping by BeachBum

    1. Woohoo! The Forest returns! (I detect the invention of a new environmental slogan)

      Ahem … yes, I too consider the Toaster Badgeā„¢ my crowning achievement. šŸ˜€

      About MyBlogLog, I’ve mostly been in the same boat as you are. The very fact that it took me so long to implement this widget shows how little attention I was paying it before.

      That said, it is certainly going to get some more of my time now. I find the ability to see who is reading your site and then being able to follow them to their sites a very rewarding experience. While regular stat services are useful, this keeps you informed about a very important part of your readership: other bloggers. Quite priceless functionality, I think.

  2. Hi Samir,

    first time to your blog, and really had a great time reading some of your posts šŸ™‚

    I hope you dont mind me adding you to my blog roll ?


    1. Hi Santhi,

      Welcome to the site and I’m happy to hear you are enjoying the articles. Stick around and come back often, or better yet subscribe to my feed. I am always trying to have a steady output of interesting material, so you can keep track of what’s new.

      And thanks for the include in your blog roll. Much appreciated.


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