WordPress plugin: Random Blogroll Category

November 16th, 2009

During my recent trip to Portland I finished my first WordPress plugin, Random Blogroll Category. Because of my limited Internet connectivity, I wasn’t able to implement it here or submit it to the official WordPress plugin repository until today. WordPress reviews every plugin, so you can’t see it there yet, but you can see it in action here: check the right sidebar: there should be two headings under the search bar: Non-profit orgs and one other one and a random blogroll category. Refresh the page a couple times to see other categories.

In the next version, I hope to include the ability to show the whole blogroll, but because this plugin alters the behavior of the function that retrieves the blogroll, that’s not easily done. A workaround is explicitly listing each category as a separate call, but nobody likes workarounds.

The great irony is that I created this because I was annoyed by how much space the blogroll was hogging on the right sidebar, but now I’m annoyed by the amount of whitespace. I still think it’s better this way: it’s exciting to have the space to implement new ideas.

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