As expected, Blogger Beta has kicked up a storm of blog hacking activity. It's appropriate to start the round up with the irrepressible Ramani at Hackosphere. Buoyed by being listed as a Blog Of Note, he's been burning the candle at both ends, calling in sick and leaving the phone off the hook in his efforts to roll out hack after hack.
First off is the multi-style label widget. This button lets your readers choose how your labels are presented to them - list, drop-down or cloud. It doesn't get much more flexible than that!
If you like clouds for your label, you might want to check out the Blogger Beta implementation of clouds at Phydeaux3. This is a great looking hack and while it takes a bit pfaffing about the end-result looks pretty sweet.
Not satisfied with that? How about using your labels as tabs. That's right, tabs running across the top of your blog that let your readers select content. Hoctro has the write up (via Hackosphere). I've just discovered Hoctro's blog - causing quite a bit of buzz amongst the blogoscenti - where there's also a post on re-conceiving your labels as a breadcrumb trail. That's two fresh takes on labels. Hence the buzz. Check it out.
Ramani's also been a busy boy with the post content too. He has an article on how to show only post titles (expandable with a single click of +/- button), or show only post summaries (linking to the full content with a read more ... link). Or, both at once. This packs a lot more information per page on both the main/archive pages and the label results pages.
Lastly, if you're still struggling to corral those pesky comment feeds into your sidebar widget, take a page out of 失踪's book and employ Dapper to scrape your comments for you and turn them into an sidebar-ready RSS feed. Neat.
We know this is just a taste of some of the work going on out there - if you've got hackage to share, we'd love to hear about it so please leave a link below.
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