I don't like to use the term "aggregator" too often because it just seems to turn people off, but "blog aggregator" is a term all of us should understand, whether we use it or not. In its most simple terms, it's a web site that keeps up with a group of blogs. Most do so with some amount of tech magic.
Lowcountry Blogs is, in the words of Billy Jones, a human blog aggregator. Billy has added this site to his list of blog aggregators around the world, making us the first blog aggregator from South Carolina to be so mentioned.
In comments yesterday, there was some discussion about how we could use RSS feeds to read blogs, plus mentions of blog aggregators that keep track of postings automatically. Could we do that here? Could we create a site that keeps track of who has posted and points readers to where the interesting conversations are taking place?
Absolutely. It's a coding issue, and what it would probably involve is asking each of you to add a bit of code to your site (like you do to enable a third-party traffic statistics program). With that in place, our robots would notice activity at your sites and automatically note it on a public page.
The problem with such a site is that building it requires some cross-departmental development time and management discussions. With our web guys already up to their eyeballs in developmental issues, putting up an automated site would have taken us months.
We put this site up in about 36 hours. Sometimes simple is good.
That doesn't mean that the format we use now will always be the format we'll use. In fact, I hope that the versions that replace this one will offer users all sorts of tools I can't give you right now.
But here's the thing: When we get around to having those in-house discussions about what this site could be, you guys need to have a seat at the table.
So take a look at some of the other blog aggregators on Billy's list. See what you like. Take notes.