I stumbled upon the 2009 Blog Improvement Project while browsing Deb's blog. The project is the brain child of Kim and the aim is to have an improved blog by 31st December 2009. To facilitate this, Kim will set two tasks a month to help towards improving your blog with different tasks focusing on goal setting, writing better content, building community with readers, getting more readers, and blog layout and design. Participants can choose which tasks they want to complete and are encouraged to blog about the tasks they do, linking their posts back to the BIP site.
My first thought when reading about the project was 'What a good idea.' My second thought was 'I won't sign up, I'm happy with the way the Inkpot Files is.' However, the more I thought about it the more I thought the Files could do with some improvement. It is good to want to improve things, after all, and I'm all for having a better blog come 31st December (whatever that might mean). So I signed up.
The first task is Setting Goals.
If you had asked me last week what my goals for my blog were I would have said:-
1. To post everyday and
2. To get more readers.
However, after reading the very useful articles Kim linked to on BIP, I now have more lofty aspirations. So lofty, in fact, that they fill up pages and pages of A4 paper. I won't post them here because they would take up too much room and bore you, but I will list some of the projects I plan to implement to improve my blog.
1. Design a personalised banner for the Inkpot Files.
2. Do research into blog promotion.
3. Introduce guest blogging.
4. Write more about my writing, the writing process, agents and publishing.
5. Review works by up and coming authors.
6. Showcase the work of and/or interview up and coming writers and people in the writing industry.
7. Do more vblogging with book trailers, interviews and sketches to amuse, entertain and inform.
These are some of my ideas for improvement. Now I want to know what you think. Is there anything you would like to see on The Inkpot Files? Anything you want to stop seeing? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.