A few people have asked me about how to add those fancy gadgets on one's blog so I thought I should just leave a post here about it..
There are lots of professional blogs out there but I'm not one of them.. so what I do is very simple:
Step 1: Add a Gadget
Go to Blogger > Design > Page Elements and click "Add a Gadget"
Step 2: Select the Gadget you like
Some standard features like "Blog Stats", "Popular Posts", "Labels" etc are provided by blogger. When in doubt, click on "Most Popular" and select from there
Step 4: Paste the codes from third party gadgets
After you have selected this, paste the html codes given from those third party gadgets
The ones I use on my blog (and they are all free although you may need to register to get them) are from:
http://feedjit.com/ - for the live traffic feed
http://www.easyhitcounter.com/ - for the traffic counter
http://www.wowzio.com for the photo gallery
http://www.linkwithin.com/ - for the "You may also like" feature
http://daisypath.com/ - for my anniversary ticker
So there you go.. very simple steps from OpenKitchenConcept. Hope this helps!