Mark Pilgrim: Auto-content. "Why does this cite-link-quote ('hit-and-run') style of weblogging need to be a manual process at all? Why can't I just click an 'auto-content' button and have my software automatically generate a list of, say, a dozen interesting links and quotes culled from my aggregator subscriptions, 'neighboring' sites, sites discussing the hot topics of the day, and mainstream articles reporting on a small hard-coded list of additional topics?"
Neat idea -- but instead of being completely automated, I would still want to be the one in charge of picking and choosing the items themselves. But it should be easier and it can be. Which is why I asked for Syndirella to support weblog APIs so you could blog from the newsreader.
Here's how I picture it: as you read along you click a button (we'll call it the 'Add' button since we're adding it to a list that will be processed later) for items that you want to blog about. Once they're all selected, you click a 'Blog These' button/menu option (as opposed to the singular 'Blog This' available in some blogger tools). The newsreader gives you a compose dialog, prefilled with elements from the items you selected: source URL, description (or even a portion of the description that was selected when you clicked the 'Add' button), author name, etc. The format used to prefill the composition field might even be templatized to be consistent with the user's presentation style.
Reading and writing go hand-in-hand, so why not put the two capabilities together in a single client?