Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment. Maybe I'm a workaholic. Maybe, maybe, maybe....
But, here goes...
After having spent every waking, non McAlister's, minute of my time last week editing and posting videos from Connor's 5th Birthday, I seriously considered taking a week off from the blog to get my head back on straight.
But, while visiting my family this weekend in North Mississippi, I read this post from dayf of Cardboard Junkie on my phone and it gave me (what I hope will be) a great idea.
In the above mentioned post, dayf spoke my sentiments exactly when he described how he keeps, "losing the links to people's want lists that I'm currently trying to find stuff from." I feel your pain, buddy.
I've sat this morning trying to plot all of the pros, cons, and general frustrations of online trading. The pros DEFINITELY outweigh the cons. But, Cardboard Junkie is right, it's frustrating. It's time consuming. It's convoluted.
So, here's my solution. Mario started a separate blog to archive a comprehensive list of who and what is out there. I would like to do something like this for our want lists/trade bait.
I think it will better serve our collective interests and allow us to consolidate our efforts at one centrally located place.
What's in it for me? Not much, really. If anything, it'll add more to my ever growing "to do" list. What's in it for you? Everything.
As it stands now my plan is as follows:
I will start a new blog at blogspot under my own account and update the want/have lists and links with reader submissions.
That's all I've pinned down. This is where I need help, feedback, etc.
1. Layout ideas
2. Banner/Badge to place on our blogs to serve as the link
3. Preapproved list determined by the "board of bloggers" of who get's listed and who doesn't
(Readers with positive feedback of previous trades with established bloggers will be added. Bloggers will be added without question unless "board" can show reasons that author is not a respectable trader.)
4. Any and all ideas on how to make this work, how to make this better, or things to avoid
I really hope that this idea is well received. I'll be forwarding this post to some of you as an email to keep any replies with ideas or suggestions in a central location.
If you like the idea, spread the word around on your blogs. I'm sure that there are many of you that have subscribers/readers that I do not.
I think it's a great idea! I hope you guys do as well...