This week I want to get to know a little bit about if and how you incorporate other bloggers into your site. I have highlighted a few examples, and there might even be some tips on offer for those looking to build and increase their community (Note: Tips are not guaranteed, if these methods don’t work please see my lawyer, Mr Mark Walker) :)
Since the news broke that I was nominated for a Lammy as Best Community Builder, I figure this weeks Question Time should really tie in with that theme. I’m not really talking about getting comments on posts, as although that is great getting the interaction from your fellow bloggers, a) I covered that HERE in a previous question and b) it’s more the projects that involve directly working with fellow bloggers that I’m interested in with this post.
So, what projects do you run on your site that involve other bloggers??
To me, getting other bloggers involved with my projects was a huge deal. I felt that if I could get a few people working with me, not only would it mean they have to visit my site, but joking aside and more importantly I believed it would give us a connection. As time has gone on, I have worked with more and more people and these connections have formed and got stronger, ultimately leading to my site having the best community I could ever have wished for. Award or no award. There will always be sites that get more views, likes or comments, but having had the pleasure of working with around 90+ different bloggers on various projects, I can honestly say I’m very grateful and humbled to have spoken and worked with so many different people.
My projects involving other bloggers would be getting the Guest Contributors reviews for the IMDB Top 250 Films, Face Off battles where a few of us get together and attack or defend a film, and the Desert Island Films project. They wouldn’t work without other bloggers, and I’m always overwhelmed with the response to them. Doing my horror/De Niro reviews, and working with film-makers to Promote them is all well and good, but it’s a nice change of pace to do something with another blogger. I can’t understand why anyone would vote for me to have got this far with the Lammy’s, but for whatever reason people did and keep coming back here. That has to be down to my
awesome reviews collaborative projects, people seem to enjoy joining in out here and helping me, and that’s what I put my community building skills and success down to. People not only doing all the work for me, but thinking I’m the one doing them the favour. Fools :)
Lots of bloggers run projects that depend on the input of others. Here are a few examples and anyone that I’ve missed I apologise, it’s purely just a random selection!
- Chris at Film Hipster allows people to be a Hipster for the Day, giving other bloggers a chance to review a film in his style, whilst showcasing their work and site to a different audience.
- Eric from Isaacs Picture Conclusions does Isaacs Interviews, where he interviews other bloggers in his unique and humourous manner.
- Andy from Rorschach Reviews also does Blogger Interviews which are slightly more serious in tone.
- Nick from The Cinematic Katzenjammer has DVD Court where he and a jury of other bloggers give their verdict on new film releases.
- Bubba from Flights, Tights & Movie Nights runs Follow Friday, which is another variation of interviews, in which he promotes another blogger and site.
- Catalin from CinEnemA runs 3 for 1, where he gives people a year and they have to link 3 films to that year which all share something in common.
- Issy from The Filmster has The Movie House Roundtable where he asks fellow bloggers some questions, and at the end his readers vote for whose answers you like the best.
- Fogs from Fogs’ Movie Reviews has his Reader’s Recommendations where he watches a film based on one of his readers recommendations and asks him or her some questions about it.
- Anthony from 262pages has set up a spin off from one of my projects, and he runs Desert Island Books.
There are lots more, but there are also a whole host of blogs that don’t have any collaborative projects. There is no right and wrong, obviously, and to each their own. I just want to try and find out why you chose the project you created and how you feel it has helped you build your own community. If you purely blog alone, and don’t work with other people on a feature, I’d love to know your reasons, and maybe if you ever considered starting a project? I know I’m maybe a little vague with this post, and I don’t want it to come across as me saying how great my projects are. Ultimately I’m trying to find out if you feel collaborative projects are vital to building a community or not in your opinion. Just answer however you see fit, and as a one time deal, I will even allow shameful plugging of your project if it fits the working with others criteria. And you have done/currently writing/will join my Desert Island project ;)
If you would like to see all the other questions from this series, please click HERE and check them out!