I was reading somewhere along the lines of "here are my archives, for what it's worth, just a date listing of postings, why don't we have better tools?". (I'm sorry, I have lost the link.)
I think that makes a very good point. We rag on the OPAC vendors for not improving their tech, but in our blogs, which we have a lot more control and influence over, we are still at a pretty primitive state.
Does your blog provide easy access to:
- most popular (web hits) postings?
- most popular (from RSS feed readers) postings?
- the postings that have been most clicked from search engines?
- today's / this week / this month / year / all time most popular search queries that landed on your blog?
- most commented postings?
- most trackbacked?
- most otherwise blogosphere popular linked-to?
- tag cloud? most popular tags?
- most bookmarked postings?
- local postings this one is related to
- netwide postings this one is related to
- a little sparkline showing the popularity trend (in hits over time) for this posting?
Those are all just some ideas. I see as always Jon Udell is working on ideas in this area.
Myself, I end up just manually linking together related postings :(
UPDATE: If you look in the sidebar in the excellent MaisonBisson blog, you will see he is doing many of the things I suggested above.