The fol­low­ing Word­Press plu­g­ins have helped make Write, geek! the blog you read today. (They’re sor­ry for any unpleas­ant­ness this may cause.)

After The Dead­line — Pro­vides an enhanced spelling/grammar/clarity/style check. I’ll occa­sion­al­ly take its advice. :-)

Akismet — Stops spam com­ments. Very low false‐positive rate in my expe­ri­ence.

Buzz Com­ments — If you’re syn­di­cat­ing Word­Press posts to Google Buzz, this auto­mat­i­cal­ly migrates com­ments left on Google Buzz posts to the orig­i­nal entry page on Word­Press. Very help­ful, respon­sive devel­op­er.

Com­ment Reply Noti­fi­ca­tion — Lets your com­menters choose to sub­scribe to future replies via e‐mail. Seems to have stopped work­ing; I need to look into that…

Com­ments with OpenId — Allows com­menters to use an OpenID iden­ti­ty when com­ment­ing.

Cus­tom Fields — Allows you to cre­ate extra text, not‐public fields to have asso­ci­at­ed with each post. I use this to have a per‐post “brain­storm” space.

FD Foot­notes — Foot­notes may be out of style in the blog world, but I find them invalu­able for pro­vid­ing extra infor­ma­tion in a man­ner that doesn’t detract from the flow of the main body of the post. And this plu­g­in makes adding them easy.

GeoURL — Sticks my (hand‐set) lat­i­tude and lon­gi­tude in the HTML of every page and pings Still won­der­ing what this is good for.

Google Ana­lyt­ics for Word­Press — Makes it easy to tell how peo­ple are find­ing my blog, and where they go from there.

Google Read­er Wid­get — I live in Google Read­er, and this lets me dis­play my last few shared items from there.

Google XML Sitemaps — Makes a list of all the posts and pages on my blog, pack­ages them up quite nice­ly and peri­od­i­cal­ly tells the Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask search engines to please take anoth­er look at them.

High­light Author Com­ments — For a bit of van­i­ty, makes it easy to see which com­ments left on this blog were left by me.

OpenID — Allows me to use as my OpenID iden­ti­ty when sign­ing in and/or com­ment­ing else­where on the Web… sup­pos­ed­ly. In prac­tice, I think it’s bro­ken.

Pub­Sub­Hub­bub — Pings a few PSH hubs every time I pub­lish new con­tent, which helps get it into search engines and feed‐readers fast. We’re talk­ing, like, instant‐fast.

Rss Atom Avatar — Sticks an image of my choos­ing into my RSS feed. I installed this hop­ing to get my fav­i­con to appear along­side my feed in Google Read­er, but I can’t remem­ber if it’s this plu­g­in that is respon­si­ble for that.

Semi­se­cure Login Reimag­ined — I don’t want to spring for an author­i­ta­tive SSL cer­tifi­cate — and can’t fig­ure out how to get my host­ing provider to let me gen­er­ate my own —  so this fills in the gap quite nice­ly, using JavaScript in my brows­er to encrypt my passphrase when sign­ing in to my Word­Press install.

Shock­ing­ly Sim­ple Fav­i­con — Does exact­ly what it says on the tin; lets me add a fav­i­con to my blog with­out the has­sle of edit­ing my theme.

Short­URL — Turns my blog into its very own TinyURL‐type ser­vice, gen­er­at­ing a short URL for each post for easy tweet­ing with­out rely­ing on a third‐party ser­vice. Stats — Shows me blog vis­i­tor stats right from with­in my dash­board.

wp‐Typography — Con­tains a num­ber of lit­tle tweaks to make the blog’s text con­tent appear prop­er­ly.  Hyphen­ation makes it pos­si­ble for me to use jus­ti­fied mar­gins. And hooray for em‐dash padding!

XRDS‐Simple — Um… not real­ly sure what this one does. I think installing it was a require­ment for using one of the oth­er plu­g­ins.