In the last few days I've seen 2 people looking how to show a specific category on the blog template. In the past I've built a metabox (with the kick-butt WP-Alchemy (farinspace.com/wpalchemy-metabox/) that let me modify the blog template for use w/ any query params i entered in the backend. the problem was/is that it is all text boxes at the moment and therefore requires the user to know/understand the query params. not neccessarily an easy task. I'd like to use dropdowns to force the user to pick something that won't break the query, but there are rather a lot of potential queries.
therefore i was hoping a little forum input might help me narrow it down to the most common queries so I can use drop-downs instead. so? i'm sure category is one of the answers, what else do you commonly have a desire to single out?
if anybody cares to try what i did, this is what it looks like in the backend
and this is is all the code i used: