I finally got to visit all of the participants for Week 1 of the Blog Improvement Project, and I have to say that I was totally inspired by all of the great goals. There were 42 bloggers who participated, and after going through them I came across a number of similar goals:
- Leave more comments. This one came up a lot, along with goals about getting more comments. I’m not sure what sort of BIP project can make people leave more comments except to make one of the activities a two-week project to leave comments, but I have some ideas about projects for getting comments.
- Improve blog layout, design, and use of the sidebar. This came up almost everywhere, which was interesting to me. I think a lot of blogs looked great, but their authors still weren’t happy with the way they looked.
- Learn more about social media. I’m toying with the idea of doing a “Social Media Carnival” where I ask bloggers to write a post about a social media tool they are familiar with (StumbleUpon, Technorati, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and then linking all of those together for BIP people to refer to. Thoughts?
- Write better book reviews. Still not sure how to do this one, since it’s hard to say what a “good” review is versus a “bad” review, but we’ll see. I suspect the best way to figure out what a good review is would be to read a lot of reviews, and then take the pieces you like and try to incorporate them… sounds like a project idea to me!
Anyway, those are the four most common goals I ran across while leaving comments and reading posts. As a wrap up, I think this turned more into me rambling about how I’m not totally sure how the BIP is going to go, but that I’m excited for the project and hope it will end up being helpful for everyone 🙂