What Do You Wish Existed in the Blogging World?

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Today I want to try something new. Its Friday and I am feeling creative. Today I want to open up the comments to the amazing, intelligent and good looking Blog Tyrant community and ask you a question. Hopefully by the end of it all we might have something brand new to talk about.

Whats the question man?
I want to know what you wish existed in the blogging world. I don’t care how bizarre, different, similar or boring it sounds as long as it meets two very important criteria:

  • It must meet a need or a want
    It has to be something that you actually would like to see or participate in or use. We’d all like a solid gold house but it doesn’t really have much use in a practical sense.
  • It must be related to blogging or website development
    This website is all about blogging so let’s keep the ideas in the family.

If you have an idea that meets these two criteria, something that you wish existed in the blogging world, I would really like to hear about it. Please leave a comment. If I like it I might send you an email.

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  • Vivek Barun

    OOO.. this really got me thinking..
    1. I wish more of my friends in real life were blogging.. Here in India they’re just out there on the streets. (or fields)
    2. I wish there was a Godfather who would lead me by hand and solve all my queries about blogging issues in detail and actually tell me what to do… you know .. hard to find people who are really interested in your progress…everyone’s just doing things for themselves..


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Virek.

      Where abouts in India are you from?

      Interesting ideas. I like them a lot.


      1. Vivek Barun

        From Bangalore…
        Though I must admit that “how to blog” here in Blog Tyrant and Articles from Darren Rowse (Problogger) has a lot of knowledge to offer..
        Keep churning out such great content …
        Thanks


    2. Pete Carr

      Hi Vivek,
      Subscribe to the Blog Tyrant newsletter, a good start, I subscribed a couple of weeks ago. Great useful tips, great content. A good start.
      Pete


      1. Vivek Barun

        I Agree. Blog Tyrant has some really cool stuff …


      2. the Blog Tyrant

        Thanks Pete!


  • Pete Carr

    Hi BT,
    A timely post. I would like a plug-in that enables me to add custom opt-in boxes to my sidebar. Not just the standard Aweber boxes, something unique and part of the blog. I have been trawling the internet, found a few graphics packs, but nothing substantial. So if anybody knows of such a plug-in, or you are a programmer that would like to create one let me know.
    Thanks BT
    Pete


    1. chris

      What platform?


      1. Pete Carr

        “What Platform” ??


        1. the Blog Tyrant

          I think he means like WordPress, Blog Spot, etc.


          1. Pete Carr

            Hi Chris, BT.
            I was absolutely knackered when I wrote my response.
            Chris I am looking for a WordPress Plug-in.
            Sorry for the dumb response.
            Pete


  • JB

    I dont know if something like this already exists, but I reckon it could be pretty helpful… I would love a plugin that adds related post links, say 5, to the bottom of my articles. But… I would like those related posts to be from other related blogs, and preferably the plugin could decide which blogs are good quality/authority and which are not. This would be great for gaining ping back links, plus good for sharing the love in the blogosphere… something that seems decidedly lacking these days… except here, of course!


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Very interesting JB.


      1. ideaSmile

        JB,

        The idea of having a plug-in that links a few related posts is good, and I have found it very useful when I visit other websites (like Blogtyrant) or even on my website. This helps us/visitor to learn more around similar topic and also keeps visitor engaged. There are a few widgets like Linkwithin or related post widget which helps put links to relavant posts within your OWN blog. This is helpful as visitor can visit your older but relevant posts.
        Now, I know you wanted links to outside posts, but I am not sure how useful is that? I mean I get that its helpful to visitors but I think, instead of a Widget (Robot) picking up random links, I guess you can provide better links, dont you think so? Having such Widget that will pick random posts for you may be “Risky”, instead people may prefer to go to Digg, Alltop and other site where they can get genuine links to what they are interested in.
        Again, totally respecting what you said, its Just my thought.


        1. Irene

          Linkwithin adds related posts from your own blog at the bottom of your posts , with images and text. I wouldn’t automatically redirect people to other people’s blogs either.


  • Juuso Palander

    I’d like to see something similar as Vivek said, a mentor service for bloggers where you could search for a mentor or offer yourself to be one. That way the established bloggers could build their reputation and the new ones could improve their blogs and articles. It would be a win-win situation. Overall, the service would make the blogosphere drastically better place.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      This seems to be a very popular idea…


      1. Brian Haferkamp

        Just to add to all the conversation about blog coaching…it exists, just have to use good ol’ Google. Don’t know this consultant but she presents herself professionally: http://www.mybloggingmentor.com/.


  • chris

    I can’t believe you made me do that!

    I ALMOST posted up as a response that ended up as an outline for a product I think would be great for bloggers based on what I read from other bloggers and my own frustrations. The problem is my web sites aren’t “for bloggers” so I have no visitor base to sell against.

    Hmmmmm…


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Do it!


  • SmartAboutThings

    I’d wish less coding and more content, less profit and more joy!


  • Heather@Family Friendly Frugality

    In the same line of thinking as Vivik and Juuso.

    Just someone to hold my hand and help me. Sometimes something creeps up and I have nowhere to turn. I’d love to have a mentor that I could bounce ideas off of. Someone who wasn’t in it for their own gain, and that I know my ideas could be safe with. A Godfather is a great way to explain it.
    Like recently, I was wondering about the ethics of something that I wanted to do. I wasn’t sure who to turn to, and it really sucked.

    In addition, a blogging community that was active and not self serving. Which quite honestly, I’m not sure could ever really exist.

    Also? Real actual step by step SEO advice. None of this “here’s how to do SEO steps 1-5…for steps 6-27 (which are the steps I actually need), all you have to do is pay $90 for this book/plug in/e-course, etc.”

    I’m a search engine flunkie. And I’m sick of wasting time on it. I’m about to just give it all up and not worry about search engine traffic ever again.

    I guess I want a lot of things LOL


    1. Shaun

      Heather, unless you are affiliate marketing, then you should just focus on content and networking more than SEO. If you want a good resource for SEO and haven’t checked out Viperchill, then go take a look. Glen is very generous with his advice.


      1. the Blog Tyrant

        I tend to agree with Shaun. As a blogger you need to know the basics so you don’t do anything wrong but unless your website is solely about dominating certain keywords don’t worry too much about it.


  • Roy Naim

    I see everyone is talking about having a mentor and someone to show them the how-to.

    I would like add just a drop to that and actually shine on the people who are blogging good solid ideas.

    I think that nowadays there are good solid blogs out there who do not get attention and it seems that the “set” bloggers already created a circle and sort of block the outsiders, the new people.

    I think bloggers should start shining on those who are starting out and writing good valuable content. They keep saying just write and they will come- NOT TRUE. Sure you might gain a bit of a following but not nearly enough to..well..shine.

    So perhaps a place where other BIG NAME BLOGGERS shine on those who are just starting out. I know one might think guest posting is a good idea and that is the “spotlight” but I know of many who did that, posting on the big name blogs and still didn’t get much from it.

    As well, I think, besides the spotlights, is to have a place where people join in and mastermind and SHARE each other content- to syndicate each others stuff and grow together.

    All this, will add up, to the new generation of bloggers, of people who are doing what matters, creating and building and making a change.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Interesting idea Roy.

      Why do you think some people don’t get much from guest posting?


      1. Roy Naim

        I am not sure.

        They write great posts, and I know so because I seen them and people rave about them in the comment, but when it comes down to the number, their subscriber list is more or less the same amount.

        Not sure what is up with that but it is what I’ve been seeing at times. Of course, I have seen when people guest post, they get back many subscribers as well, so I guess it really depends.

        But I think the focus should be a place where those who want to start new, fresh, should be able to and have a place where others are willing to share their stuff as well, a mini mastermind group.


        1. Brian Haferkamp

          @Roy:

          It doesn’t sound like you’re a photographer, but I’m trying to build something like this for the photo blogging community. Our site is a collaborative blog that tries to give photo bloggers an opportunity to shine and gives them, we hope, solid backlinks to their sites. It’s a real collaborative and we’re trying to create a nice community of photographers that can — when we get all the elements in place — help other photo bloggers. Maybe I’m a pioneer? Maybe this is the future? Definitely seems like it’s needed.


  • Susannah

    More bloggers like you eager to help bloggers like me. I guess that would fall under the “mentor” area, except that I am not asking to dominate anyone’s time. Maybe once I master your content and suggestions, I, myself, can be a mentor for someone else. I think I’d like that.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      This is a common feeling… very interesting.


  • Ernie

    Like others here, I’m also interested in plugins. There are so many great plugins out there, but I always wish I had the ability/know-how to tweak them to fit the vision of my site. Some sort of magical plugin generator would be rad. I could tell it exactly what I wanted and then it would create it for me.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      A magical plugin writer would be the bomb!


  • Justin P Lambert

    I would be interested in seeing some “backwards affiliate” action taking place. In other words, an experienced blogger provides premium-level coaching/instruction/product to a group for free in exchange for future commissions on the students’ eventual income as a result of the coaching/instruction/product. I think a lot more beginners would be motivated to give some of the big, premium courses and ideas a try if the initial cost was removed. I’m more than happy to give you 30% of everything I earn from your instruction for the next ten years if I can get the instruction for free…


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      I love this. Actually Justin, you might want to stick around on Blog Tyrant next year. Your idea is quite similar to something that is going to happen here.


      1. Justin P Lambert

        That sounds awesome. I’ll be here!


  • Justin P Lambert

    As a side note, I’m shocked this format isn’t more prevalent. I’m considering doing so myself, but I don’t even know how I would arrange it logistically because the platforms just aren’t there as far as I can tell. Any insights or revelations would be appreciated!


    1. chris

      The concept is good but I definitely wouldn’t offer it for free. Here is why…

      Thousands (and more!) of people buy “how-to start ____” books but very few then follow through all the way. And then you are leaving it up to loyality (morality) for people to then follow up with the backwards affiliation.


      1. Justin P Lambert

        Exactly. Maybe the real limitation is technological as opposed to behavioral. If there was a system available as easy as ClickBank or eJunkie that would work on ongoing passive compensation to the originator of the program based on all his students’ work, this arrangement could change everything. Any coders reading, let me know when you finish it! 🙂


  • Margaret Adams

    I would like to see consistency in the blogging world.

    Example: when you change WordPress theme different designers seem to do things differently.

    You upload headers in different ways. You set up out-of-the-menu pages in different ways. You do all sorts of things in different ways.

    What about an industry standard, please?


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      This is a very good point Margaret. You are not alone in this one.


  • Dean Fitzpatrick

    My super, fantastic dream scenario would be this: A blog ezine. I’ve done a little search and have yet to find anything like what I have in mind (I’m a subscriber to Website magazine/ezine, but they are a little more tech focused). I see this as another win/win scenario because mid level and A-list bloggers would likely be the regular contributors, but there should also be opportunities for newer stage bloggers to contribute as well. I also think there could be like a section that spotlights obscure bloggers in various niches. Just my .02 …who else here would subscribe to something like that?


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Can you elaborate a bit more on this Dean? What would the tag line for such a site be?


      1. Dean Fitzpatrick

        Sure…It’s a pretty good idea if you asked me. The tag line would be something along the line of “For bloggers, by bloggers”or maybe “the #1 resource for all things blogging.” There could be someone there who has a column devoted to Wp plugins, someone that does SEO, a spotlight on up and coming bloggers. The list goes on… I’m surprised it hasn’t got more traction in this thread…


        1. Heather@Family Friendly Frugality

          An ezine for mom bloggers just started up. Mom Blog Magazine. So far I’m really enjoying it. It’s definitely more of a niche ezine though.


          1. Dean Fitzpatrick

            That’s sound nice and all, but what about a place that addresses everything the average blogger faces? I’m talking Guest posting tips and opportunities, a marketplace for developers to advertise their plugins, and social media strategies. I can’t believe this wouldn’t be of interest to people. Kinda mind boggling…


  • Dorothy Ray

    Nice idea, but I know so little about this business, I have to depend totally on WP and the theme I’ve chosen. I do with there were “glossary” type place I could go to ask dumb questions, but so far haven’t found anything like that. For instance, I don’t know how to get a subscription email thing on the right column. I have RSS, which I just recently realized I had to fill out some into to make work properly. No wonder commenters were asking me “What is your RSS url?” I didn’t know what they meant. Probably ought to just close up shop, huh?


    1. Shaun

      Hey Dorothy,

      Don’t give up! Are you using feedburner to deliver your feeds? There is an email subscription form template (a sign up box) that you can just paste into your sidebar widget as text. Have a look and see how you go 🙂


      1. the Blog Tyrant

        Seems you’ve found your Glossary site Dorothy! 😉

        The wordpress forums are actually pretty amazing for this kind of thing. Post a question and it usually gets a reply within a few minutes.

        Follow Shuan’s advice and go to Feedburner.com and burn your feed. They have all the bits to add.


      2. Dorothy Ray

        Shaun, hey. Thanks for the tip re Feedburner. I wandered around on it last night, but seems I’d signed up in times past (when I first got started with blog, I guess) and evidently one or two posts I copied over from MS Word messed up and I can’t get in. They said Word did that to them, so use Notepad. Hate that, but…. Now, I’m supposed to fix some coding they provided me in color, but have no idea how to do it.


    2. John Hoff

      Hi Dorothy. I hope Blog Tyrant doesn’t mind me dropping a link here, I don’t like linking too much in comment sections but I feel this is something which can really help you with your issue.

      I created a video tutorial called A Complete Guide To Setting Up FeedBurner On WordPress.

      I think after watching that tutorial dealing with Feedburner will be a little easier for you.


      1. Dorothy Ray

        John, that was so nice of you to supply the link. I just watched the three videos. Will have to go back and follow along more closely, but sure do appreciate your step by step directions. Going to subscribe to your blog.

        This is a good example of what newbies need and have no idea where to find. WP doesn’t tell you where to go for help. I’ve struggled along and figured out so much on my own, with help from some blogs, but man, is it frustrating.

        Thanks again.


        1. John Hoff

          No problem Dorothy. Trust me, I remember when I was starting out and to find a really good, low-tech step by step guide was hard to come by.

          Videos these days are so much easier to produce which is really helping things along.


          1. Dorothy Ray

            John, you did it! I got my subscribe by email working. Hurray and halleleulia.
            Can’t thank you enough. Unfortunately, my theme has a nicer big RSS chicklet on it already and the only way I can connect feedburner is to make two. Didn’t work moving old one off. Tired of it for today, anyway.

            PS. I think you’re cuter w/o the beard.


          2. John Hoff

            Very cool. Glad it helped – good job!

            … and thanks 😉


  • Rachelle

    My thoughts are this…

    There is a desperate need for beginner instruction on how to do stuff for WordPress.

    For instance in your great ebook at one point you say take this “bit of code” and put it in this spot.

    It took me about 10 tries to figure out where to put the tracking code for Google Analytics.

    So basically I need very simple step by step instructions like you would give a baby. Otherwise it just screws up.

    This is how I interpret most instructions on how to change things on my site.

    Blah blah blah “Scary stuff” blah blah. Go to this place (I look for it and fail to find it) Blah blah (word I don’t know) “scary stuff” blah blah.

    Basically most instructions don’t explain what things are and what they do, and what the results are. Most people writing presuppose a level of knowledge I don’t have.

    A guide that explained things in clear, simple language would be more valuable than gold to me.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Hi Rachelle.

      I remember feeling like that. I wonder how you could consolidate all that needs to be done in to one place?


      1. Rachelle

        Well after months of frustrations during the changes to my website I hired someone…he was good, responsive and fast unfortunately I’m not further ahead in my education.

        I’m no slouch either, if I’m confused there’s a heck of a lot of people much more confused than I.


        1. the Blog Tyrant

          I think you’re going to enjoy Blog Tyrant 2011.

          😉


          1. Rachelle

            I bet I will 🙂

            BTW I like that you’re faceless, I’m suspecting you’re a hot australian surfer dude who only writes blog posts when the surf sucks 🙂


    2. Dorothy Ray

      Rachelle,I’m with you. Sometimes it says, “here’s the code to use…” or “use this code,” and I’m like, sure, where? and do I just copy and paste it onto my blog page? Is it going to magically change into what I want to see? I need super simple instructions, too.

      Meanwhile, I’m on my way to check out Feedburner.com as advised.


      1. John Hoff

        I’ve been blogging for a number of years now and know WordPress quite well. The funny thing is, with the more experience you get, the more complicated things you sometimes look into and the process repeats itself LOL.

        But truth be told, once you get the basics down, things move quicker.


  • Tom | Oral Answers

    A plugin where I could enter a couple hundred keywords, and it would spin out some key phrases using my keywords that get a decent amount of search traffic each month.

    It would then recommend different titles of posts for me to write about based on what people are searching for.

    This would not only help me get more visibility on the search engines, I think it would provide more motivation to write.


    1. Dorothy Ray

      Tom, check out this blog re keywords. If it’s not there now, it’s coming. I got the advance copy yesterday. karon@marketingwords.com


  • Marcus Sheridan, The Sales lion

    Fun idea Tyrant… Here is my thought:

    I look forward to the day when a blogger publishes a post and then can immediately open him/herself up to a live video stream to receive comments. Almost like a Super Skype but it’s live, recorded, interactive, and a huge mosh-pit of live Q and A. Subscribers could jump in from their phones, their car cameras, their laptops, their home TVs, etc….yeah, that would be beautiful, and I can honestly see it happening at some point. Talk about relationship building and true teaching opportunities…very cool.

    There will come a day and age when we look back at textual comments and laugh at their lack of interaction (despite subscribe forms and the like 😉 )

    Just my 2 cents 🙂


    1. John Hoff

      That’s a cool idea.

      To simplify things for the blogger, I was thinking of something along the same lines but maybe like every Friday there’s a live GoToMeeting or something for readers of a blog to interact with the blog author.

      The problem which would need to be solved then is making sure it’s not a big cluster and mess of people talking.


  • T.Lee

    I would love an app (plugin?) that could present my posts like the pages of a book. I write web fiction, and the standard blog format is an awkward presentation for a chronological story.

    It would be fabulous if my visitors could flip through posts with their curser, as if they were flipping through a book.


    1. Marcus Sheridan, The Sales lion

      That’s a very cool idea….like it. 🙂


    2. John Hoff

      Yeah… I like that one a lot too.


    3. chris

      Check out Drupal and the Book module.


  • baby products

    i would love a plugin that gives rewards for commenting. like badges or something akin to foursquare.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Nice one!


  • Stuart

    My wish is that making websites are more simpler for first-timers. When I created unlockthedoor.net, I had a fair bit of trouble just figuring out what the hell I was doing. There’s so much choice out there that it’s actually a bit of a burden. That’s my need/want 😉


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      This seems to be a popular idea in this thread.


      1. chris

        And it’s a project I’ve recently started with a friend of mine. Hopefully we can have it done by this spring.


  • Bilal Kamoon

    I wish that blogspot supports plugins… Any plugin!


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Hi Bilal.

      I think you should get on to your own domain as quickly as you can. Blogspot is so limiting.


  • Leon Noone

    G’Day BT,

    Two things: one is along the lines of the mentor idea. But I want techos who are genuinely marketing and business savvy. I already use a couple of consultants and they’re OK. But I want to be able to say to someone who understands what running a business is all about, ‘There’s a new plugin for WordPress on crosswords. Is it any good? How could I use it in my business?”

    I’m aware that lots of people claim that they offer such a service but I’ve found that they are either old hands on the web who lack sympathy for newbies or so-called designers and technicians with little business nous.

    The second thing is associated with the first: I would just like people who sell stuff that includes instruction to be competent instructors. The level of instruction on the web falls somewhere between ordinary and awful. Internet marketers are good at saying what to do but dreadful at saying how to do it.

    Thanks for the chance to get all that off my chest.

    Make sure you have fun.

    Regards

    Leon


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Very interesting Leon. Thanks for sharing.

      I think you are going to enjoy 2011 at Blog Tyrant!


  • Jef Menguin

    I wish I could easily those who I want to inspire through blogging. As of now, those who are reading my blog entries are those do not know my post because they are already inspired. Simple wish. Maybe someday it will come true.


  • Jef Menguin

    I wish I could easily encourage those whom I want to inspire through blogging. As of now, those who are reading my blog entries are those do not know my post because they are already inspired. Simple wish. Maybe someday it will come true.


  • Chris

    I would like there to be less “coding” involved in the setting up of a blog to make it look nice. I wish there was some sort of hyper-adjustable theme for WordPress where you could literally drag and drop everything where you wanted it (i.e. sidebar, opt-in box, widgets).


  • A Sitting Duck

    Nice Work!… Your emails must have a great response!…

    :]


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