Blogger in draft has some new features, if you're keen to tinker with (and give us feedback on!) some in-development stuff. Notably:
  • Polls, which you can add to your blog sidebars
  • Enclosures, which turn your blog feeds into pod/video-casts
Pete even posted some fun screencasts to show how they work: Polling, Enclosures and videocasting. Let us know what you think!

You may have noticed a new dropdown menu in your Blogger Dashboard:

In it are 17 new languages, in addition to the 19 that were there previously - tell your friends around the world! Here's the list of new ones:

Today we released something for Blogger that we've long wanted to do - an experimental version of the site where the early adopters among you can try out new features before they're ready for full release. We're calling it Blogger in draft because the features are almost ready for publishing, but not quite.

The first feature available on Draft is Video Upload, accessible via a new button in the Post Editor. Check it out!

By coincidence, a pair of stellar blogging clients have seen major updates in the past several days. If you like using Blogger but have browser-o’-phobia, one of these might be right for you:

The Windows Live Writer team has released Beta 2 of their software, which adds labels support along with the proverbial host of other features. Developer and friend of Blogger Joe Cheng covers the highlights and lowlights on his blog, and you can grab the beta for Windows Vista and XP over at the download page.

In the Macintosh corner, Red Sweater Software’s MarsEdit has been updated to version 1.2, adding Blogger photo upload support via Picasa Web Albums. Developer Daniel Jalkut (also a friend of Blogger) describes the update on Red Sweater’s blog. You can download a 30 day trial (Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher) from the MarsEdit page.

For bonus additional Blogger goodness (for Mac users), grab the newly updated, newly working again Blogger Dashboard widget from Google’s widget page. F12 + typing = blog post.

Working on a Blogger client of your own? Make sure you’re hanging out in the Blogger Dev group to chat and keep in touch.

Attention Videobloggers!

A few of us from the Blogger team will be attending the first-ever Pixelodeon Fest next weekend, at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

If you'll be going, we'd love to chat with you! Here's a description of the festival from their site:
"Pixelodeon is an annual independent video festival recognizing innovation, inspiration, and community in global online video. This is our inaugural year! Over 300 videos, four keynote speakers, two dozen curators, and several hundred people interested in independent media will get together in one weekend to celebrate the diversity and talent of online video content. If you want to see what’s happening online and meet the people who are making it happen, this is the place to be."
Update: Here's a great spot about Pixelodeon.