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Have you written any fabulous post titles recently?

The current Blog Improvement Project task is to write a blog post with an eye-catching title. If you’d like to be entered into the best title poll you have until midnight tomorrow to add yours to Mr Linky on the BIP site. There are some great posts already listed, so even if you aren’t taking part in the project it is worth browsing through them.

In the spirit of the magazines we’re supposed to be emulating I’ll let you know that my title is going to be:

101 book group choices guaranteed to provoke discussion

Come back tomorrow to see which books I’ve chosen!

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Blog Improvement Project: Create a Blogging To-Do List

The first task for the Blog Improvement Project is to create a list of things on your blog that you’d like to change.

I am aways fiddling with things on my site and spend hours trying to decide what would improve it. I really need to focus on the important things instead of just tinkering with new plug-ins!

Hopefully this list will encourage me to make big changes, rather than messing around behind the scenes!


My To-Do List

Add new header image

I like the way that my header image gives you an instant feel for the sort of books that I read, but I really need to take a better photo – without any shine!

Edit my challenge tab

I need to change the challenge page to reflect the challenges I’m doing in 2010 and to ensure it focuses on my long-term reading challenges (Booker, Orange, Pulitzer prizes)

Update my categories

Overall I am quite happy with my categories, but there are a few redundant ones, mainly in the challenges section.

Rebecca has a concise category list that I admire.

Improve Sidebars

I’d like to edit the text in my sidebars, so that it is stands out more. The  most popular post section is just a sea of words at the moment – I’d like to look at putting them in boxes, and perhaps use drop-down boxes to reduce clutter.

Rob Around Books has a beautiful set of sidebars. I wish mine were as clear as his.

Improve social media integration

I need to think about adding a twitter feed, and improving the visibility of dig/delicious links.

Paperback Reader’s new blog is only a few days old, but I’m already coveting her social media boxes.

Can you think of anything else I should do to improve my blog?

Do you waste hours playing with the settings of your blog?


The Blog Improvement Project Starts today!

I have just posted the first task for the 2010 Blog Improvement Project: Week 1: Create a Blogging To-Do List

I hope that you will join Kim and I over on the 2010 BIP Blog.

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The Blog Improvement Project is back in 2010!

I am pleased to announce that the Blog Improvement Project is going to continue this year!

In 2009 Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness did a fantastic job of creating exciting projects that helped me and many others to improve their blogs.

This year I am joining Kim in hosting the project. We hope to introduce many new ideas and take a further look at some of the popular topics from last year.

We’ve created a dedicated blog for the project —  Please head over there for more information and to sign up if you’re interested.

The first task will be posted on Monday 1st February.

Are you interested in improving your blog?

Which topics would you find particularly useful?