You know those plugins that you get, hoping they might facilitate what you want to do? Then... they almost pull it off, but are just missing one or two things that are deal-breaker? Well, this is not one of those.
Super Awesome! I use this on my frontpage at http://www.qbservices.net for making the blog roll visible. It has so many options, you can make it do whatever you want!
Here is what I used for that:
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I also use it for my personal site: http://ultimatepeter.com and it helps me run all my category listings. I don't have too many other plugins that are as integral for running my sites. Thanks Guys!