Here are a couple of WordPress/blog features that I’ve been experimenting with at P/O/N and on my own personal site.
The first is a content management calendar plugin for WordPress that allows you to see how your content is arranged in a calendar view instead of the standard list view. Check out the tutorial here. This is a fun feature for people who write and manage a lot of content. No need to toggle other calendars to verify that Tuesday posts really are going out on Tuesday and hey, wait, am I doing something similar on the same day two weeks from now?
It also makes it easier for those who may not be as technically savvy to get in on the ground floor of content management. The less your content management tools look like an Excel spreadsheet, the better (nothing against excel, but there’s a reason web design is moving away from text heavy grids to more visual, softer, rounder, and more welcoming landscapes).
Another interesting tool is Scribit, a widget you can place right in your blog that asks your readers point blank: What should I write about?
Though plenty of great social media folks take the time to ask their audience what they’d like to hear about every now and then, Scribit is an always-open door that invites audience participation in the actual content creation of the blog. For those who are hungering for some fresh ideas, what better place to go than to longtime readers? This may also help cut down on clutter to your mailbox. Instead of emailing, readers can go straight to the “comment box.”
The only downside I’ve found so far is that it adds several very long seconds to the blog’s load time (or at least to mine).
Looking forward to seeing how both of these tools perform over time.