I'm planning changes to this blog and would like to hear what you think (either publicly by a comment, or privately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
My current thinking is to move the news stories to the right-hand column (via Twitter, but you do not need to use Twitter to read them). Then the main column of the blog will be for discussion, usually around one or more of the news stories.
The previous format was not good for discussion - largely because readers seldom saw blog comments, since they quickly got buried by all the news items coming in. And Twitter encourages many equal voices - important for community discussion and idea development.
The new format should result in more news stories, fewer blog posts, more interaction, and more in-depth discussion.