A brief guide to my blog

I am taking a moment here to write a post about what you can find on this blog, where it is and why it exists. I am seeking feedback on which features and widgets are useful, which are not, and what is missing. Please send me your feedback or place a comment below.

On the left side, you’ll find the standard blog features, including my About page, subscription links, and standard post organization schemes (categories, and archives). In my About page, you will find a link to my personal blog as well as a link to my LinkedIn profile. The My Conversations page includes a list of the most recent comments posted on this blog, as well as a list of my co-comments, which are the comments that I am posting on other blogs and forums across the Web.

On the right sidebar, I’m looking to provide some useful features to highlight valuable tools around the web, as well as provide organized ways for you to find what I consider to interesting around the web (assuming you care of course!).

The first thing you’ll see on the right is a search tool that leverages the blog search tool Technorati. If you type a term, phrase or company name and click the button or hit enter, the histogram chart will automatically show you how many times that term appeared in the blogosphere each day according to Technorati. Click on the chart to go to Technorati for more information.

Next you’ll find a feature that I hope to add soon. I maintain several reading lists, each in its own OPML file – which is essentially a standard way to represent lists that computers can read. These reading lists are blog feeds from the top blogs around the Web in their respective categories. Here I intend to show a top 10 list of the most recent links produced in each of my reading lists which are most relevant to Kalivo and the Listening Post readers. I will also provide a drop down list where you can select a reading list by title, and see the top 10 posts from that specific reading list. Until this feature is enabled, you can see some of these reading lists and the respective blogs in my blogroll by clicking here or by clicking on the My Links link on the left side of this blog under Pages.

Related to the above, next you will find a similar feature but this time for my del.icio.us links. I’m showing the top 10 of all of my del.icio.us links here. Instead of links to entire blogs, these links are to specific articles or other forms of content that I found to be interesting from around the Web, all organized by a tag name. If you select the drop-down list here, you will see all of my tags along with the number of links that are in each tag. Select a tag name in the drop-down list and you will get the top 10 links for that tag from my del.icio.us account to populate below it. Also, at the bottom of the list is an RSS link which will allow you to subscribe to that tag from my del.icio.us account. Upon subscribing, you will receive all of the links that I tag with that name on del.icio.us in the future.

Some future features that I am planning include: a list of most popular posts (posts on my blog with the most views), and a list of most popular outbound links from my blog (those with the most clickthroughs), among others.

With the Listening Post I am not only looking to create interesting posts and discussions, I am also looking to bring interesting and relevant content to my readers and help them to find more interesting and relevant content on their own.

Please provide your thoughts, feedback and suggestions below as to how I can improve the Listening Post blog.

— brian