Is there a way to feature specific blogs or authors on the front page of a multisite/buddypress netw

I’m looking for a way to include only certain blogs from a wordpress multisite network in a particular section on the front page of the network. I’ve tried the Network theme, but am not a fan of the layout as a whole and am not skilled enough to edit it for my purposes.

Searches through the forums turned up this post, but this is quite old and doesn’t seem to apply any more.

Anyone have any suggestions for either hacking the recent global blog posts plugin or some other method to accomplish this? This is key to the layout I’m working on for my site.