We need a Christmassy picture here. I don’t have any decorations so can’t even take a snapshot of something festive…
First, an apology…
Sorry, I not only lacked time to do Weekly Blog Club summaries but ran out of steam a few months ago. It began to feel like so much work and there seemed to be fewer people reading the posts. I had asked how we could change things because I think we do have to evolve this. We tried just doing a weekly list and summary, rather than the individual posts during the week and then the list and summary on Sunday – but even that seemed like a lot of hard work. We seemed to be getting fewer views and a lot fewer Likes so it seemed as if fewer people were interested. When one is reading all the posts every week, most of the weeks, it can be emotionally draining because quite a few of them tackle difficult issues. I’m probably not the most resilient person when thinking a lot about difficult things, and I went through a down patch in autumn that made thinking about difficult issues a bit too much for a while, so the combination of too much work and not feeling up to doing the Weekly Blog Club things meant I let it all drop. I feel I’ve let the Weekly Blog Club contributors and readers down, and I apologise profusely for that.
We have 403 followers on WordPress, and 543 followers on Twitter (some of these followers may be bots, of course, but many are real people and organisations). Some more figures since we started:
- There have been at least 235 contributors
- 1,533 posts
- 24,218 views
- Viewed from (apparently) 45 different countries (most views are from the UK, 300+ from the US)
- 2,338 Likes (but only 146 this year).
We haven’t won any blog awards or attracted huge numbers of followers, and whilst that’s not why I do it, I do feel the quality of the other contributors does deserve recognition.
We could just finish, end it. It’s up to you. But it is unique – not like anything else out there. After a few months of silence, I’m missing it, and at least a couple of others have indicated they’d like it to continue. I read things that I wouldn’t read elsewhere. I have learned a lot and I think that I have become a more thoughtful person as a result of reading other people’s posts.
If we continue, how do we change?
We could re-blog contributor’s posts on here (though I think we might be running out of space – but I can’t find what our limit is). We could have a magazine look – a visual one, maybe, if everyone or most had an image with their post. I wondered about setting up a mailing list – but they tend not to allow lots of links so it would still have to link at least to a summary list on here. It could be useful to send out a regular newsletter so people are more likely to see or be reminded of what’s available to read. We could set up a curated aggregator. We do have one that is rather random in what it picks up. I looked at Scoop.it but to do what we’d need it to do would cost money. I think we could do with a new look and logo (anyone want to design one?).
Over to you…
What do you think?