Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Important News About Drinkable Review

As some of you may have heard, I am currently working on moving Drinkable Review over to a new, dedicated URL (http://www.drinkablereview.com/). I am doing this for many reasons, but the primary reason is to maintain better, more centralized control over the review in the face of increasing traffic to the site. As I work on moving Drinkable Review to its new dedicated URL, I am coming to the realization that the next step is to focus the site more strongly on promoting reader interaction. The traffic through the review is reasonably modest at the time of this writing, but it is consistent on a day-to-day basis, and the increasing size of Drinkable’s readership is steadily gaining momentum. Traffic has quickly reached an international scale, with many of the blog’s readers visiting from Europe, Asia, and Latin America, in addition to the U.S.

Now, before you take this as braggadocio, let me get to the point.

However, being as the site as it is now is simply a review blog, there is not much opportunity for reader interaction or community growth. The switch to the new site is my main plan of action to work on improving the "site-as-a-destination" feel, rather than a quick check-and-go blog, and I have many things in mind to improve Drinkable Review's permeability, many of which I am already working on implementing.

I was recently struck with the idea that one of these things should be to have a reader write the "About" section of the website. The about section simply talks about the blog's focus and content and describes the site's overall purpose, particularly with respect to summarizing the site for new readers. I've never liked writing my own "about" sections for any of these sorts of things (it always feels like boasting to me), and I think that having a reader/friend write the section would be a great step towards starting to build a community with the site.

If anyone is interested in helping out, email me at drinkablereview@gmail.com for further details and guidelines. More will be included in the email, but I will say here that I will offer the chosen submission's author a quick blurb about his/her site and a link out from the about page in the credit for his/her content. Drinkable Review is by no means a monstrosity on the internet, but its traffic is no longer insignificant, and this may offer a small but good opportunity for those with their own online ventures to spread the word about their project, even if just a little.

I will be accepting submissions until Monday, January 24th, and will notify everyone involved of the decision within several days of the deadline. Anyone is eligible to submit, but familiarity with Drinkable Review will obviously help in writing about its content, and is generally preferred.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to the next two weeks. Feel free to email any questions to the email address found above.


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