How to Extend Your Blog and Promote Your Members with the MyBlogLog API
We were lucky enough to get access to the MyBlogLog API (Web Service), which is currently part of an invite only beta. The API allows you to pull public information associated with your blog visitors and members and then integrate that data into a custom feature or service. We thought of several ways we could use this service, but settled on the creation of a “Blog Members” directory for our first project.
The Blog Members directory was designed to showcase and promote all of the active MyBlogLog users that are members of the Raven Blog (via MyBlogLog). We also wanted to use the traditional sidebar widget to reward our most active members. So here’s what we created!
Active Member Widget
The Active Member widget can display as many members as you want. We chose four, because we didn’t want to use up too much vertical space, but you could show ten or more members if you wanted. We included a large badge to encourage visitors to join our blog on MyBlogLog. We also included a link at the top of the widget that takes the user to the Members list page.
Blog Member Directory
We built a Blog Member Directory that lists all of the MyBlogLog users that are members of the The Raven SEO Blog on MyBlogLog. Similar to the widget, it lists the members in order of blog activity. We added a “Recently visited the blog” message that appears beneath the member’s name and you can click on any member username to view their Member Profile Page.
Member Profile Page
Our favorite part of the MyBlogLog Web Services implementation was the Member Profile page. We were able to list and link to all of the social networking services that were identified in the member’s MyBlogLog profile. In addition to listing and linking to their social networking profile pages, we also used the Twitter, Digg and del.icio.us APIs to pull in recent messages, links and bookmarks. Ian Kennedy’s profile page show off the profile features very well.
PHP Wrapper Class for the MyBlogLog API
Since we’re (Sitening) an open source Web development shop, we mainly use PHP for our programming language. We needed a PHP wrapper for the MyBlogLog API, so we made our own. We also made it open source so everyone else can use it too. It’s available on Google Code at http://code.google.com/p/php-mybloglog/.