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October 01, 2006

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Heya -- awesome post. You get what we're doing and why we're doing it and you've also pointed out a couple of stumbling blocks. If you don't mind, I'd like to add a bit of info to your post.

MyBlogLog started out as a very simple blog stats tool. We were the only solution that could easily tell you what people were clicking on to leave your blog. Since most people only view one or two pages on a blog before leaving, this is critical info -- what did I write about that my readers dug enough to click to another site? That's what the tracking script is for.

Not to long ago, we realized that it's not enough to quantify what readers do -- we have an opportunity to bring authors and readers (and readers and readers) together in a way that hasn't been previously done. You summarized the value in this above. When we launched the reader roll, we built it as an extention of the tracking script -- it only worked if you had the the tracking script running. Same thing with the Top 5 Links widget.

We've come to realize this was a bad decision for precisely the reason you describe above -- someone comes to the site looking for the community widget, gets shown the tracking script, has to dig for the Reader Roll widget... it's a bad scene. Step one was making the Reader Roll work independently of the tracking script. That's working now. Step two is providing the tracking functionality in the Reader Roll widget. That's coming soon.

We're actually redoing the entire registration process from start to finish expressly to reduce confusion and help guide people directly to the functionality they're looking for.

We're still deciding on how to best implement the historical data. We discovered ealry on that it's really creepy to display surfing history, so we're not likely going to show how often people visit sites or what they clicked on. On the comments side, we'll either work with someone or build the functionality ourselves, but our users haven't been clear that it's a priority for them, so it's not yet a priority for us. You are correct that it's still fairly bare-bones and over the next several months we have some very cool features on the way.

BTW, you never mentioned your reputation system ideas. I'd love to hear more about what you were thinking there.

Thanks Eric, that's great background info. I sent you a note through your MyBlogLog profile.

On the comments side, we'll either work with someone or build the functionality ourselves, but our users haven't been clear that it's a priority for them, so it's not yet a priority for us.

We're actually redoing the entire registration process from start to finish expressly to reduce confusion and help guide people directly to the functionality they're looking for.

Step two is providing the tracking functionality in the Reader Roll widget. That's coming soon.

We're actually redoing the entire registration process from start to finish expressly to reduce confusion and help guide people directly to the functionality they're looking for.

The process was not quite as clean as others I’ve seen however, and not sure why the link tracker widget is given top billing over the community widget.

On the comments side, we'll either work with someone or build the functionality ourselves, but our users haven't been clear that it's a priority for them, so it's not yet a priority for us.

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On the comments side, we'll either work with someone or build the functionality ourselves, but our users haven't been clear that it's a priority for them, so it's not yet a priority for us.

If some third party, like MyBlogLog, is able to provide an easy patch to these community flaws, it could be a big deal

It might be helpful for new users if MyBlogLog populated the widget, at least initially, with the user’s own avatar, or with MyBlogLog founder Eric’s photo (MySpace Tom style).

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