A lot of casual bloggers such as myself have been frustrated with the direction that the new GS has taken as there is no way (currently) to easily track a friends blogs. I am not sure what the notifications are for as I have only received two and despite the feed being a great way to scan all my friend's activity there is no way to filter it for the things I am interested in (for me, blogs). As an aside I have two places to check for info. Also my feed is the default for my page which seems odd as I know what I have done. I know it's only one click to get to your friend's activity but I think that matters.
However, now when we submit a blog we can post it to a forum as a thread (as here) which allows users to reach a much larger audience and encourage greater discussion. This is a much simpler method than trying to get the old soapbox emblem to get on the front page (which I have and am stupidly proud of). This is a neat move and one I have seen more and more users take advantage of. I like it a lot.
Unfortunately just as there are now two spaces for information there are now two spaces to check blog comments and reply. One in the blog part of our profile and the other in the forum we post our blog into. Would it be possible to just have a single thread that is mirrored in both spaces? This speeds up things for the user and could encourage further community among related users.
I would be interested to see what others think of this as I get the impression that many who interact with the site as I do are visiting a lot less. I would also love to see what GS thinks.
To sum up:
1. Ditch the notifications and put everything in the feed section.
2. Add a filter to the feed section.
3. Default to friend's feeds for the start profile page
4. Have just one thread for a blog that is available on the nominated forum where appropriate
I am not sure how easy these are but I think it would really streamline the user experience. I worry that there may be a false impression of traffic on the site when in fact we are just checking things twice. I want to improve this community but GS is making it hard work at the moment.
I would really appreciate feedback on my feedback especially from GS staff.