I'm trying out a search widget called Lijit. It is on the right sidebar of this website (for all of you feed readers). It not only searches this website, but you can add other sites and bookmarks and favorites of yours that you also want it to search. It helps me locate something and it helps readers find something quickly.
I have it set up to search my del.icio.us bookmarks, my flickr photos, my stumbleupon page, my youtube, myspace, and any other website I write or contribute to. I've just started using it so I can't totally endorse it yet, but so far, so good.
And the best thing is that it keeps stats for you. It helps me know what the readers are looking for and what they expect to find here. **For instance, someone was searching for the Michael Moore documentary, Sicko, to see if it was playing in Asheville soon and I'm off to find that out for the reader and for myself.
It wasn't long after 9/11, September 11, 2001, that I began this website. I felt compelled to connect with other people around the globe. I had recently heard about "weblogs" or "blogs" and I dove right into Blogger.com.
I searched for others to connect with online and I found Ageless. It led to meeting many great friends to discuss events of the day. From then on it snowballed.
Most importantly we offered one another support and friendship across the globe; finding that we were just a few keystrokes away.