Jun 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm #1290614
So does anyone think something like this would be worthwhile? I can’t make it much prettier, since I can’t do real coding in a forum post (only some basic coding). I’m wondering if something like this would be useful to those who are tired of crawling through lots and lots of posts they might not have an interest in, but still want to engage. It’s more than the revolving images on the home page, but less than everything. This is just a concept post, FWIW. What do y’all think?
This week on BPL
In the Forum
A few interesting discussions in the forum this week:
Blogs we like
Dave Chinault is talking about the Bob Open over at Bedrock and Paradox
Craig Wisner wrote about his “Spines to Pines” trip with a couple of fellow BPLers over at Sweeping the Garden
Our friends over at Gossamer Gear are on their way to trek in the Pisgah National Forest with Andy Skurka
New to Lightweight Backpacking?
These articles and threads, from the archives of BPL, might be useful! Some of the articles will require membership to read.Jun 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm #1883335
Well, everything was a live link, but the system stripped them out after the first two. Must be yet another in the long line of limitations in the software, or an intentional decision to save us from spammers.
Anyway, you get the idea. Obviously won't work as a post. But I'd like something like this on the front page of BPL instead of just rotating images (of which only two are articles, the other three just want you to spend money).Jun 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm #1883346
Ken T.BPL Member
I think it is a good idea. Like a week in review. Hit the highs, skip the chaff. So many bloggers out there. It would be of benefit to a lot of us who are not aware of many of them.Jun 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm #1883367
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Doug! This sounds really great! I've thrown in some suggestions in the Members Only and Life Members Only forums to have some of this info on the home page (list/preview of articles and links to free articles for beginners).
If it's too much for the staff (I'm not too sure Maia can spend much time keeping track of others' blogs while she's filling in for Addie, hee hee), the "Blogs We Like" part could be omitted. It would be nice to have it if it's feasible, though.
Just the rest of it on the home page would improve BPL's image to the incoming public at least 100%–more like 200%! I really like what you've done with the format, even with the forum limitations.
Of course I recognize the format of Hendrik Morkel's "Hiking in Finland" Week in Review articles, but that's fine–his is one of my favorite blogs, and any imitation is definitely flattery!
I personally think we should keep "Subscription" off the home page; let newcomers discover the free articles and forum and get an idea of what more they can see if they subscribe before hitting them up for money.
Thank you for this suggestion, Doug–I hope BPL management will pay attention!!!Jun 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm #1883369
Stephen BarberBPL Member
Looks great, Doug! Much better than the current front page!Jun 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm #1883401
Cayenne RedmonkBPL Member
@redmonkLocale: Greater California Ecosystem
Great concept !Jun 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm #1883414
Gary DunckelBPL Member
Doug, you are onto yet another great idea. Outside the box, and that's good. I'm all for a new format on the front page, and your idea has merit. Are you listening, Maia, or are you still sleeping near the fireplace?Jun 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm #1883423
Richard GlessBPL Member
@rglessLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I like it. +1Jun 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm #1883444
This looks the auto-e-mail I get every week, was that the intent?Jun 3, 2012 at 7:43 am #1883496
Michael LBPL Member
Kind of Susan
But it would be here for new visitors. And has the threads and blogs section too.
I like itJun 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm #1886066
Adam KilpatrickBPL Member
@oystersLocale: South Australia
+1Jun 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm #1886073
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
I really like where you're going with this idea, even as a simple rough sketch of what could be.
We can dream can't we?Jun 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm #1886096
Ken T.BPL Member
E mail to Ryan ryan(at)backpackinglight dot com
Suggest the change be made.
Maybe he'll listen to you.Jun 12, 2012 at 8:21 am #1886199
@troutLocale: Long Beach
I really like it. As it is now my saved favorite is the forum page.Jun 12, 2012 at 9:38 am #1886231
Kevin BabioneBPL Member
Nice work as always. It looks a lot like the "old" BPL emails we used to get weekly that covered the lead articles as well as recent reviews and trip reports (if I recall correctly).
I'm all for it!
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