4 tools to connect blog posts to readers

Every day I read outstanding, inspiring blogs by talented bloggers who leave no easy options to share their posts. Part of the magic of blogging is the ability to share what you read with others in your network. When a post is too hard to share or you didn’t see it come by in Twitter or Facebook, you probably won’t share it.


Tweetmeme was the first share tool I used on this blog. See the nice little button? When you press the bottom part, it tweets the post out and if you have already done it, it turns to Tweeted on your computer.

Useful for easy Retweets (RT) of your blog posts on Twitter. A blogger can learn who has retweeted the post and expand your network if you wish.  I like the counting function of many of the RT plug-ins.



When I saw Topsy on Jim Connolly’s blog, I talked to him to learn how it works. Topsy measures how many times a post is Tweeted like Tweetmeme but it also lets you know when you are reading a Top 1K or Top 5K post.

The analytics are a little more detailed and it rewards bloggers for reaching certain levels of being shared depending on how many other popular posts are shared on the same day. New gadgets intrigue me!

Digg Digg

Digg Digg

I had been even more intrigued by Digg-Digg when I saw it on Danny Brown’s blog. I love the way it floats down the page and gives the reader multiple options to share. I had Kim  Woodbridge add it to my blog. I used Topsy as the tweet sharing option.

You can configure Digg Digg with multiple options. Kim set it up the same as Danny’s blog initially. I traded out Tweetmeme for Topsy later and reconfigured it several times. Since I am concerned about speed, I removed it after a testing period.

Sexy Bookmarks

You can find Sexy Bookmarks here too.

Like Digg-Digg, this interactive plug-in lets you share using many different social media tools. The little icons pop up and down as you select one to share. There are so many options you could configure but giving your readers too many options may confuse them and create clutter.

The Sexy Bookmarks plug-in looks like this:

We have become used to the EASY button and when we have to work too hard, we don’t do it.

If you are thinking about blogging, as a job seeker or professional, one of the first steps is decide how to make it easy for others to share your posts. You pick the gadget you like best. But make sure you make it easy to let others share your writing.

Make it easy!

The fun thing about all of these “gadgets” is that the developers provide them free. Donations are welcome for most plug-ins through their developers but all of these are free to use and try!

If you click on the graphics here, I linked them to the sites that will give you more information. Twitter released its own plug-in for retweeting using Twitter.

Choose what works best for you but use something to make it easy to share.

What do you think?


  1. Darlene on August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Okay, I’m in. Thanks for the info. Now I gotta figure out how to add those little doo-hickeys to my blog.

    • Julie Walraven on August 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      LOL! My Expert, Kim Woodbridge manages mine. I am great with most aspects of blog management and Headway is easy to use but I pay Kim to deal with the plug-ins so I don’t have to.

  2. Gee Backhouse on August 14, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hi Julie,

    Have some of these, but not all. Getting me out of my workshop and into my blog is one thing, but all these whizzy gadgety things is going to take a little longer! Thanks for the tips though.

    Right, back to my hammer and mandrel 😉


    • Julie Walraven on August 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

      Thanks for the comment, Gee. If I were to choose just one right now, it would be the Digg-digg one and I shortened it to have just the Topsy and Facebook buttons now. It travels down the page and back up with the reader.

      If you are writing a blog, making it easy for the reader to share on at least Twitter and Facebook is critical. The prompting was when I got to a post by a brilliant colleague and I had to start a Tweet from scratch. I do that all the time with my own blog but I like it easy when I am in reading mode.

      Just keep making the beautiful jewelry and Writing your inspiring thoughts on your blog and if you let us use one of those tools to move it forward, so much the better!

  3. Gee Backhouse on August 15, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Thank you for the really helpful reply there Julie. It’s so much more meaningful to me when I can see how useful it might be.
    Have a great Sunday!

    • Julie Walraven on August 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

      Glad to hear it helped you and now I see you have commentluv too. Commentluv lets someone who sees your post title on another blog like this one, go visit you. It too has configuration back on the site that can make your value rise.

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