I am hoping that I can get a little help. I am wanting to make an author widget, more than likely to be hand-coded, where I can display the following:
* Number of blog posts the author has published on the site
* Number of comments the author has made on the site
* Number of followers the author has on the site's Buddypress network
* Number of forum posts the author has submitted to the site's bbPress forum
WP, BP and bbP are all in the same installation. Comments are managed by WP, not by any external service (IntenseDebate, Disqus, etc)
Is it possible to create a widget that would work outside of the loop, probably in the sidebar? Where would I find the post counts?