Like I mentioned yesterday in my post about NaBloPoMo, I’m pondering the idea of hosting a challenge for 2009. My idea is “A New Year, A New Blog,” a year-long blog improvement project with a series of activities to improve your blog.
I read a few blogs on blogging — ProBlogger and Copyblogger, and more recently Write To Done. I like a lot of the ideas they post about improving your blog, and I’ve tried to implement some of them myself. A lot of what they write is focused on how to develop a blog that makes money or persuades people. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it means some of the posts don’t always apply to people who just blog casually.
However, I do think it’s important to think about how to make blogs better, even if you’re just doing it for fun. The Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2008 report earlier this year found that there are more than 1.5 million regularly updated blogs, and more than 900,000 blog posts per day. That’s a lot of information going out there, and I think it’s important that whatever individuals contribute to the blogosphere is good and always trying to get better.
So, what I’m thinking for the challenge is that every other week I’d post a blog improvement activity for people to work on for the next two weeks. Some ideas I have are goal setting, writing better content, developing readers, improving your blog layout, or using html more effectively. A lot of them will be based on things I’ve read at those blogging websites, with obvious attribution and links to appropriate articles and such. I haven’t thought of all of the activities yet — I’d like to develop them based on the different goals people set for their blog. At the end of the year we’d look back at our blog goals and see how we did.
I’ve read a lot of blog posts from people trying to set goals or make changes to improve their blog. I think a challenge to sign up for might be the support system we need to get going on it. This is not a formal challenge sign up, just some musings I have to see if people are interested. If I get even a few positive responses I’ll formalize this a little bit, set up a a page, and get a sign up going.
So what do you think? How does a 2009 blog improvement project sound? Any ideas for a better challenge name than “A New Year, A New Blog”?