continuing the conversation

The people have spoken. (That’s you, people!)

One of the persistent suggestions for Nature Blog Network 2.0 was concentrating on content and promoting members’ blogs. “Make it easy to find new blogs,” many of you said.

Great idea. There were several suggestions on how to do this, requiring varying levels of work:

  • Create a Nature Blog Network 2.0 that works like an online magazine. Pick the best writer for each category and make them a columnist. Then, regularly feature other bloggers mixed in to expose the public to new writers.
  • A digest of member blogs’ posts
  • An index of post topics so that members could cross reference them if they are writing about similar topics (i.e. a blogger writing about a Western Sandpiper might link to another NBN blogger who wrote an identification piece on that bird)
  • A once a day photo feed, no words, just a photo with a link to the blog it’s featured on.
  • A page which automatically lists the latest post from each NBN member
  • Sponsor writing or photo themes
  • Run book reviews and solicit links the week before for any member reviews of the same book
  • An NBN member meme – like skywatch or bird photography weekly, but with posts only from members
  • An NBN blog carnival

So, what do you think? Which of these would you like to see? And more importantly, which would you like to do?

The blog comments are open …


  1. October 18, 2010 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    The index of post topics would be very useful.

    A lot of work for someone, though.

    A member meme would be nice, although I’m having trouble even remembering Skywatch and the Ark on time. But that “Mr. Linky” thing with the thumbnails is a great way to find blogs I haven’t seen yet.

  2. October 19, 2010 at 5:05 PM | Permalink

    I like the once a day photo feed idea. That would give a lot of exposure to different blogs on NBN. Also, my main strength is the photography, and I ofen feel the photos speak for themselves much better than any words I could string together.

  3. October 19, 2010 at 7:16 PM | Permalink

    Not sure about the meme or carnival. There are already good options for those.

    The index would be cool. Not sure how that could be implemented without alot of manual entry.

    Daily feeds of photos or posts would be nice.

    Book reviews….yes, please :) I could help out with that if necessary.

  4. October 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM | Permalink

    I like the idea of columnist and featured bloggers, the photo feed, a page that automatically lists the latest NBN member posts, and the book reviews.

    All excellent ideas that I’d be happy to help with/participate in.

  5. October 21, 2010 at 7:07 AM | Permalink

    Great ideas! I like to find good new bloggers to read, and if Nature Blog Network can make them easier to find by featuring the best from among them, fantastic!

    I love love love the idea of cross referenced links.

    As a regular bird book reviewer, I look forward to sharing them more effectively on this site.

    The photo feed and latest post lists are also wonderful concepts.

    There are ways to automate all these things, right?

  6. October 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

    My personal vote is for a combined RSS feed of all our members’ blogs, maybe separated out into their respective categories for easier browsing. With leading photo if applicable would add interest (eg.,’s Freshly Pressed page), or just the title and first few lines, like in the Blogger blogroll widget. People who post more regularly are more likely to get traffic that way, too – a reward for being active with your blog.

  7. October 21, 2010 at 8:13 PM | Permalink

    I like the ideas of the photo feed, NBN member meme and writing or photo themes.

    I search NBN to find new blogs to read. I often want blogs written about my home area. I think categorizing blogs by topic region is good.

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