I have added a few plugins and tweaked a bit of the code on WeblogToolsCollection to keep things fresh and new. Here is the list.
WhoSeesAds: I have been meaning to wean out the Google AdSense ads for my regular visitors and Ozh’s plugin was the ticket. If you have not used it yet, you are missing out. It is one of the finest pieces of useful and well thought out code for WordPress bloggers. I have the ads set so they only show for posts older than 30 days or if you are not a regular visitor. I like the lack of distractive AdSense blocks. There is also a distinct benefit that I had not anticipated. The best paying AdSense block on this blog has also been the most obnoxious that regular readers have complained about. I can now display those ads to people that happen to stop by from search engines and on old posts. This has increased my click through rate almost five fold! (though that is not saying much, AdSense is pretty much useless on this blog and the revenue doesn’t even cover half my monthly server fees, let alone anything else). Thanks Ozh!
Easy Gravatars: Dougal released this plugin a few days ago and I was itching to install it. I muddled with his original code a little, played around with my own CSS, tweaked the next plugin to work with Gravatars and viola! Thanks Dougal! PS: If you do not know already, Gravatar is now owned by Automattic and response times for loading the Gravatars is minuscule. After I installed the plugin, I did not even have to check to see if I had a Gravatar. The system had already picked up my profile from WordPress.com. Do you have your own Gravatar yet?
Highlight Author Comment: I have always wanted a plugin that would somehow highlight comments from authors. When this plugin was in the daily list of updates, I knew I had to try it. I think it adds quite a bit to the conversation. I now have to tweak the CSS a little but that can wait (suggestions are welcome).