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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Cool Blogging Tools

Two tools which have been helpful in getting my site up and running are StatCounter and VillagePhotos.

StatCounter is a tool which allows you to easily add a free web tracker to your site. The web tracker collects interesting information about your web site, such as how many hits your site is getting, what pages people are looking at, how they are getting to your site in the first place, how long they spend looking at your content, etc. To start gathering the data for your blog, just browse to the StatCounter site, set up a project, follow their instructions and then paste in the JavaScript that the site generates into your blog template.

Another site which has been helpful is VillagePhotos. VillagePhotos provides 10MB of free image hosting. The best part is that that the images hosted on their site can be linked to from any external site (unlike oFoto and some of the other popular image hosting sites). If you're just looking to upload a basic image to your site, you'll probably find that Blogger's integration with Hello already makes it easy to get started, but if you're looking for a little more flexibility VillagePhotos may be just the thing you're looking for.