Are you proud to be a member of the Nature Blog Network? Do you feel like you’re getting as much as possible from the NBN site, blog, and extensive international community? Do you have ideas how to make it better? We want to hear from you!
When Mike announced the NBN Blog on October 31, 2008, he said “The next step is to turn this collective into a true community, one that actively aspires to make each member better and more successful.” That’s remained our ideal through two subsequent years of blogging and networking.
We’ve done a lot in that time, but there’s no doubt that there’s a lot more we could do. If we want to continue to build the community and grow the value of the network – and we do – we need to step forward and upward to the next level of activity. We need volunteers to join our blog team and help develop the NBN into an even stronger, more dynamic community.
When I first joined the Nature Blog Network in early 2008, the blog list was only a few pages long. When Mike invited me to join him, Nate, and John in starting the NBN Blog later that year, we had a few hundred members. Now, as we enter Fall 2010, there are more than 30 pages of listings containing 1200+ member blogs.
Wow! That’s a lot of blogs. Especially when you consider that there’s still a four-person team (now Mike, Nate, Seabrooke, & I) managing the list and the blog. As you can imagine, we have our hands full between the growth of the membership and our constant “wouldn’t it be cool if …” conversations.
To develop some of those ideas into activities, we need to do more, and that means we need more people working with us. We can always use more ideas, too! While there will always be a role for the membership at large to contribute ideas and ask questions, we’re thinking that some of you may want to play a more active, hands-on role in growing the NBN.
Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be actively asking for volunteers to help with everything from the mundane aspects of operating the network to whole new ventures concentrating on nature, nature blogging, or both. Check this space on upcoming Mondays for ideas and calls for volunteers. Join the conversation in the comments or contact us by email.
We’re also asking for volunteers who have an idea in mind for the network or blog, and are willing to commit to a one-year pilot project. Drop us an email (natureblognetwork at gmail dot com) and let’s talk about what you have in mind and how we can work together to make it happen.
As a nature blogger, you are this network. Its purpose — our collective purpose — is to support and enhance every aspect of nature blogging. Mike, Nate, Seabrooke, and I are proud to be an active part of the NBN and look forward to great things ins our shared future. How about you? We hope you’ll join us, and look forward to hearing your ideas.