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Wanted: More Yapping
April 14, 2010 at 2:57 am #97599
I’ve been running the GO group for new members for about 5 weeks. The challenge: lots of members but very little interaction. I know that’s typical of groups on GovLoop, though somehow I thought this one would be a bit different, since the purpose of joining is largely to ask questions, get info about the how GL works and get help making connections and finding things on the site.
Would like to help get members talking with each other rather than just to me or not at all. But it’s been a challenge so far. I’ve tried a number of discussions to gauge interest, I do a weekly roundup and most recently did a member survey. We got a nice response actually…in the anonymous format of the survey, almost a quarter of the 100 members responded and there are some good suggestions, though the posted results didn’t spur further discussion.
Am thinking that the way forward is maybe just to put out a more regular stream of new content. Maybe a weekly “how to,” a weekly blog, and one or more discussions along the lines of the interests shared in the survey. Eventually maybe something(s) will catch and more people will get comfortable sharing. Does this sound reasonable?
The catch is that I don’t have the time or the range of experience to do all this content. I have my perspective, but the real value is to hear from multiple perspectives. For the GL veteran members of GO who are reading this, am wondering if there are any volunteers who would be up for posting/sharing some info, either in a discussion, comment or blog once every week or two. I’d be glad to suggest ideas if you need. Would appreciate your thoughts on any of the above…thanks in advance. Josh
April 14, 2010 at 11:24 am #97605
Joseph, how about if we come up with a list of desired topics / how-to's / etc and ask for volunteers to take on starting a discussion on one or more?
April 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm #97603
That's a terrific idea - I can pull together the ones I've heard or thoght of and start that list later today/evening.
April 15, 2010 at 3:25 am #97601
Here's my initial ideas for topics and how to's:
- How to introduce yourself/break the ice with someone on GovLoop
- How to write an engaging blog (for this, someone could write a new piece or just find and link to a number of good posts that already exist on GL)
- How to connect with folks on a group you recently joined
- A weekly "column" (discussion) that focuses on one new thing to do each week to help build newer members confidence on GL and explore it's potential
- A regular column on tips for using social networking sites...could include a range of things but all aimed at making it easier to use GL
- Question of the week: (e.g., "name one memorable thing you did on GL this week"
- Shout-out of the week: someone posting this could post a link to a discussion or blog that they enjoyed or found useful on GL during the week to share with the rest of the GO group. Idea would be to say why it's worth a read and encourage others on the group to post their faves.
- A weekly "roundup of roundups" on GL -- since more groups are starting to do weekly roundups, could we pull them all together in one place with links to them, so that folks not in those groups could also browse them...this sounds like a job for Andy K 🙂
OCCASIONAL GUEST BLOGS
- Early on, I wrote a number of blogs on topics I thought would be of interest to new members. They are all posted on GO and tagged with "Greenies." Would be great if anyone had additional ideas for topics that they'd like to cover. Would also be a way to have a more regular blog
SILLY STUFF / BREAK-THE-ICE POSTS
- I can imagine a variety of "lighter" comments or discussion topics that might encourage people to jump in...or not. This is all hit or miss stuff, but would be great to have a few people willing to take a chance and hopefully prime the pump for more discussions this way.
Well, that's my two cents...maybe a whole nickel. Would like to hear what others are thinking.
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