Some of the suggestions that have been coming out of the User Survey have been too obviously perfect to wait on—thanks for the great feedback, and keep it coming! Details on changes below the fold.
Great idea of the week: a "new blog entry" link always available in the left sidebar. Now starting a new post is a one-click affair.
One comment on keyword searching got me thinking. First, don't underestimate the search box at the top of the screen. It's a Google search limited to this site, and I've found it to be very effective.
But it's true that the "Categories" block on the left side of the page is only slightly better than useless. You'll notice a new link under "Quick Links"—"sitemap / index"—which points to a page where all categories are mapped out. This will be especially handy to Firefox users, who can quickly search the page for the text they're interested in. You can disable the "Categories" block by clicking "my account" and then "edit"; look for a series of checkboxes for turning blocks on and off.
Finally, I mentioned killing chatbox last night and the responses I did get supported letting it go. I disabled it this morning; please let me know if you have strong feelings about this.
If you haven't taken the User Survey yet, please do! It has already helped a lot.