On Monday 9 September 2008, I’m going to release the writers of SBC Voices upon the world. That sounds a little more dramatic than it should, but I am really excited about where this website is going.
You’ve all known about our listing of SBC blogs. This has been and will continue to be the heart of this website. But I think it’s time to expand into more on site conversation too. The net result should be more interation across the entire SBC blogosphere. Here is what you can expect.
1. Sending Traffic
The best way to grow a blog is to send people elsewhere. It’s ironic but true. The DNA of social media is collaborative, I want our site (and all SBC bloggers) to embrace it.
2. Creating Conversations
The most powerful feature any blog is the feedback loop. The more commentators challenge and contribute to the blog the better it becomes. I’ve built this philosophy into the new design and expect comment counts to grow as we move forward.
3. Higher Standards
As the blogs editor, I’ll delete and/or edit stupid comments. I’m also working with our writers to improve every post before it goes public.
4. Openess To Different Views
This site is independent of bias by being squarely biased in every direction at once. In our aggregator, blog content and comment streams, I want to include as many points of view as possible. Free thinking and even debate is asset of our Baptist traditions. I want to explore what it means to be a baptist blogger.
5. More Writers And More Content
Next week, we’ll aim for 5 posts each week. Of course my ideal would be several posts each day. I’m not sure when we’ll get there, but that’s the direction.