What is a Blog Off?

During one of our endless staff meetings last week, we were discussing new Blog Off topics. One of our interns suggested that we take a big step backward and ask our Blog Off community what they look for when we announce a topic. What motivates someone to participate in a given Blog Off?

Our intern brought up a great point. Every time we come up with a topic, we wait anxiously to see what kind of a response we’ll get. It’s never the same and that novelty is part of what keeps us doing this every other week. But as we head into our second year of existence, we’ve yet to figure out how to select topics that invite a lot of participation. We’re endlessly grateful for the folks who come back every two weeks, don’t get us wrong here. But what can we do to get wider appeal? Are our topics to specific to one industry? Do you like it when we get esoteric, like the topic from a couple of weeks ago, “Thumbtacks.” Or, should we stick to more practical topics?

We could have just run a poll but we thought it might be interesting to throw it out there as a topic instead. So what do you look for in a Blog Off? Good or bad we can handle it. Just let us know what this thing means to you and what motivates you to participate or not.

Sound good? Join us on Tuesday, 11 October and weigh in on what is a Blog Off?

Publish on your blog anytime on Tuesday, October 11 and send a tweet to @letsblogoff (or fill out the form here if it is your first contribution) so we can pick it up and add you to the list of participating bloggers. Be sure to visit all the other bloggers to see how they tackled the theme. Retweets and comments are always appreciated. Remember to use the #LetsBlogOff hash tag in your Tweets.

If you want to place the badge on your post, just copy/paste the HTML code below:

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If you want the table of bloggers to build automatically for this #letsblogoff, copy/paste the JavaScript below at the end of your post. To be included on the table, you must display the badge on your blog post AND tweet to @letsblogoff AND publish between 12:00am and 9:00pm US-Eastern time. (New rule; we like sleep too)

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This changes with each theme, so be sure you paste it only within the current theme blog post.

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