Now that Cool Blogs has been up for a few months, Martin Buckley and I are looking to make some improvements.
First, there are some interface upgrades that we'll be making. We're currently staging a ratings system to let Cool Blog readers rate each post. I'm hoping that we can steer this feature toward content relevancy rather than have it be an indicator of how much readers agree or disagree with assertions made. For example, Bill Street and Volker Sheuber recently got a lot of controversy over their posts on management consoles. The amount of comments they got showed that the subject was extremely relevant--which I would hope would earn high ratings, despite that a lot of comments took issue with the actual message.
Second new feature is that we're looking to incorporate threaded comments in order to make comment dialogs a little more readable. We're testing out some WordPress plugins over the next couple weeks.
We have some other interface enhancements like those in the works, too.
We know that a few of our Cool Bloggers are a bit behind on putting up some posts. Martin and I have done some polite cajoling. I'm now stepping it up to coercion. (It's not that most of these people don't want to post. I think it's just a combination of being busy trying to make great products and perhaps overthinking how much has to go into a blog post.
Here's how you can help: What other content do you want to see on Cool Blogs? Is there a product that you want to see better represented here?
Let us know with suggestions in the comments for this post.