I must admit that was not really expecting that Weekly Blog Club would not only continue this far into the year, let alone grow to have so many people contributing to it during its (so far) 30 weeks of existence. It was one of those things that came out of a conversation on Twitter, and I just thought that I would set up an online space that people could use so that it could happen. I did, however, think from the very beginning that I would like it to be a collaborative thing. One of the joys of doing something that one is not paid to do is being able to experiment by quickly setting up something and then seeing what happens.
You will have seen that we have been trying out sharing of looking after Weekly Blog Club recently. So far, Louise Brown and Kate Bentham have been Weekly Blog Club for a week each and they have both been brilliant. Mark Braggins has offered to do a week in August, and will also be fabulous. I would love to see more people have a go. If they do not have time to take over for a whole week, perhaps just a day here and there?
I am open to other ideas on how Weekly Blog Club should evolve.
One of my original purposes in setting up this blog was to provide a blog space for those who hesitated to set up their own blog, or felt that they wanted to write a post that did not fit in with their usual blog (perhaps because they normally write a work blog). We have not used it that way thus far but should we promote that more?
Another thought that I had had originally was that we could evolve this into a magazine format, pulling the contents into this blog via feeds so that they could be displayed as a short excerpt, possibly with picture. After some thought, I decided that it was far preferable for people to get traffic on their own sites so they could see their own stats more easily. I am open to everyone else’s thoughts on this.
I have been thinking recently that it is time to get some of our own images into the headers. Would you like new header images? If so, would you like specific places or more abstract images? Would you like to contribute images? The recommended size for this theme’s header is 288 pixels high and 1000 pixels wide. Of course, I have a range of my own photographs from which I could cut images that size, but it would be great to have pictures by other people.
I am thinking of picking out more of the how-to and other working practice posts to include on the Links – useful page. I was also wondering about creating an alphabetical listing of Weekly Blog Club authors – mainly because I lose track of who is a first-timer, but also because I think that it is another, interesting way of exploring posts.
As I write, I think that Mark Braggins and Sasha Taylor are brewing up a post that will include some suggestions for Weekly Blog Club. There had been some mention of ideas about it in tweets about LocalGovCamp. I am looking forward to reading that and hope that people will respond.
Do contribute your thoughts as to whether and how Weekly Blog Club might evolve.