We all love how MyBlogLog and blogcatalog enable a blog publisher to see who the Recent Readers (site visits) of their blog are via a widget.
Feedburner generates our subscriber numbers, but it is not a social network where we can see who our subscribers are (some sort of user space) or if they have a blog of their own. When someone subscribes to your blog they don’t have to register with Feedburner, this would be a hassle.
Instead SYO allows you to share your OPML so you can indeed see who subscribes to your blog, but this is not a complete picture, it’s just based on the SYO community, ie. you can add blogs/feeds outside of the community (your OPML Reading List), but to see who subscribes to your blog requires people to join SYO.
MyBlogLog and blogcatalog are the same, you join and add blogs and people as friends, it’s kind of like creating an OPML Reading List/People list, but only from a closed pool of users.
NOTE: I think SYO is easier and more complete as you just load up your OPML, whereas in MyBlogLog and blogcatalog you can only add blogs that are present within the system.
But in both services you still need people to join (add users/friends) so you can compare Reading Lists.
In the end I think a service like MyBlogLog could include a feature like the SYO service, ziki has done this but not gone full ahead with what you can do with the data.
Anyway…the reason for this post is about Grazing Lists, see below.
Recent Readers OPML Grazing List
Both MyBlogLog and blogcatalog track site visits to your blog from users in these communities, all you do is whack the widget in your blog sidebar, and you can see the lastest current readers of your blog (not your feed, but your blog).
You can click on their image and go to their user space to view their details: blog, friends, blogs they follow, users that follow their blog, etc…
Now what I say is why do we have to go to MyBlogLog to see all this when the Recent Reader widget could be an annotated Grazr widget, like Twazr.
Your Recent Reader widget would have a hidden Grazr Widget for each user (avatar).
You would click on an image in your Recent Readers widget and it would open an outline with the following nodes: that users blog feed (click again to read the feed contents)…other nodes would be friends (click on this to see a list of friends, then click on each friend, and so on, the outline could go forever)…more nodes could be blogs they follow, and blogs that follow them (again click on these blog feeds to read the contents).
For the time being a Grazr widget hack so I could just read the blog content of my Recent Readers would be all I want.
This basically means my Recent Readers widget has an OPML, I could put this into Grazr and bookmark it whenever I want to look at it.
I like the idea of feed shopping and reading the latest posts of a feed right then and there, so I know whether I want to commit to subscribe in my RSS Reader.
Further to this a Grazing List is an ever changing list of feeds, and this is what the MyBlogLog Recent Readers widget is, a perpetual changing list of people/blogs based on these people/blogs visiting your blog site.
Would you love to go to a daily page where it lists the blog feeds of the most recent people who have visited your blog, and be able to sample the latest posts of these feeds?