I read a great post on GovLoop by Steve Radick. In the post, he mentioned how important it is to not only take care of your own blog, but visit and comment on other people's blogs. As I commented on his post, this reminded me of the Bible Verse a Day programs and thought wouldn't it be kind of cool (and I realize probably totally geeky) to have a Blog A Day program. This would increase everyone's knowledge about government and social media, help to support others who are passionate about these same topics, and learn a little more about the people involved. So I started a Google Calendar with about a month's worth of blogs and called it Gov 2.0 Blog a Day. I realize there are many more awesome blogs out there, and thought it would be great if others could add their own blogs or their favorite blogs.
Crazy Idea Alert!!!
I am updating this post since I finished, walked away, and then thought of how this program could be expanded into something even more fun and interesting and maybe even serve as a marketing effort as a side benefit. Here's the idea:
Some Gov 2.0 savvy development company sets up a Gov 2.0 Blog a Day program site where anyone can register as a blogger, a reader, or both. Then we go to the site to register, and if we are bloggers we get code we can place on our blog. This code would not only display the Blog a Day symbol along with of course the company's logo which is only fair as its sponsor, but it would also register each visitor/reader who has signed up with the program and visited that blog on the correct day.
The incentive for the visitors/readers is that the company that set up this program could reward "badges" or other items for achievements like "I visited x blogs" or "I visited x U.S. Federal Blogs" or "I visited x planning-related blogs." The program site could highlight those with the most achievements in these categories. We could all have profile pages there. And we could display our badges on our own sites. The program site could also offer a forum for discussing the program, the blogs, etc. And if a blogger really wants to encourage visitors on their designated day, they could offer a reward like a t-shirt or something to the nth visitor.
Of course, whatever company figures out how to do this for Gov 2.0 could expand the Blog a Day program to any industry - not just Gov 2.0.
There are probably a million other nuances that could be built into this, but I wanted to put it out there as one of those crazy ideas I get because I would love to participate in something like this!!!