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 geourl.com. 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 writegeek.com 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.
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 writegeek.com/abc URL for each post for easy tweeting without relying on a third-party service.
WordPress.com 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.