Are you a hotshot C#, Java, Python, etc programmer looking to make a mark? Have I got an opportunity for you: offline blogging content authoring tools. Throw your lot in with existing projects like BloGTK or go your own way and start from scratch. Either way, the area could use some more attention, IMO.
Not to knock any of the existing clients (I’m writing this from BloGTK 1.0) but they could all use a lot of improvement (ecto and w.bloggar included). The blog authoring experience to me is still woefully poor in comparison with generating office documents. Half the time I end up using our MT browser based template, and that’s just not right. It’s not really shocking, of course, given that word processing’s been around for better than 20 years and blogging tools maybe 2.
But with the sophistication of modern authoring environments, why can’t I get solid WSYIWYG functionality? Why are the interfaces with the server-side XML-RPC stacks so kluge? Why am I limited to just a few formatting options? Why is including inline images such a hideous experience? And so on.
If you want to build the next, better mousetrap, I’d start there. And do me a favor while you’re at it – make it Linux compatible 😉