I'd like to see followers treated more as friends. How, you ask? Well, right now the commenting is somewhat like sending fan mail. You send it off into the universe, never expecting much of an answer. I'd love it if people could respond to comments (the way you can with Disqus) and then receive notifications through the Blogger dashboard when someone comments on their comment. Why? To create discussion! So that we can actually converse instead of sneak attack posting, then flying away in the night never to be seen again. I seldom go back to see if an author has responded to my comment, because I follow too many blogs to keep track of where I've commented. All the same, I'd love to know! In some situations, I'd love to respond to their response. The chances of this happening with the current format are extremely slim.
Do other blogging platforms operate like this? Not that I'm thinking of jumping ship, I'm just curious. I kept a blog years ago on Rotten Tomatoes and it notified me anytime someone replied to a comment. There were some great conversations with my readers.
What about Google Reader? I tend to view everything through the blogger dashboard, only occasionally switching over to Google Reader. If you use it, do you find that it improves the commenting experience?
Another dream (slim chance) is that one day I'll be able to search for my blog followers on Google+ the way you can search your gmail inbox. Because they're both owned by google, it seems like a logical step. I'd love to be able to follow what's going on with my minions. And, because Google+ operates by the whole circles philosophy, it's super easy to place people you don't know well in a circle with diminished access to personal content. So, we could share info on books we're reading and cool links, without granting access to every embarrassing photo of ourselves.
Agree? Disagree? How would you improve Blogger if you had the power?