Fun with the MyBlogLog API

My friend Jon Henshaw and the folks at the Nashville web search and design firm Sitening are using the MyBlogLog API to add some community features to their blog beyond the widgets MyBlogLog has offered previously (i.e., the “rexblog reader roll” over in the right-hand column).

Background: Earlier this week, I pointed to this article written by Marshall Kirkpatrick about the significance of Yahoo opening the MyBlogLog API.

Bonus for geeks: Sitening is making their PHP wrapper for the MyBlogLog API open source. It’s available at:

Sidenote: Maybe it’s just me, but I’m noticing lots more MyBlogLog avatars that are the gray generic ones. Many seem primarily to be SEO-related and so I’ve gotten a little more aggressive in “X”ing them.

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  • Hi Rex,

    Yes, we’ve been really pleased with the participation thus and are excited that people seem to be on the same page as us as to the significance of what we’re making available. If you’re curious, I’ve been tracking the integration and feedback on the api at:

    As for the gray faces, we made a change when we merged with Yahoo so we now show everyone who visits your site. In the past we only showed visitors that had uploaded an avatar photo. This is why you see more gray faces. We hope to address this in the near future with a revision to our sign-up flow which will encourage people to get their faces in there.

    Product Manager, MyBlogLog

  • Rex Hammock

    Thanks for the explanation, Ian.