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Last night at the meeting someone was brainstorming ideas of possible events and activities for the SMCDSM and they brought up the idea of a book club featuring books about social media.

And I got to thinking...

Has anyone thought of a "Blog Club?" It's like a book club but someone suggests a blog and we read X amount of past entries and follow it, then meet and discuss it?

Just thought I'd throw that out there.

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Not bad , I would be in that "Blog Club" , I offered few times to meet with others to help them going with blog. To increase the traffic, do some SEO work etc...but not many were involved...

I think blog club would be fun....
I don't blog myself, but I do read a lot of them! Perhaps it could be one of the social parts of the club.
Well we have something in common: We both read a lot of blog (posts) ...
I think that fits quite well with the theme of the club... while a "Book" club isn't a bad idea as long as it's germane to the group's core mission...

Good suggestion, Lindsey!

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I LOVE this idea. What a great way to discover new blogs and still have good local discussions about them. I love reading Chris Brogan's blog, but am not inclined to comment often when I know mine will just be one out of hundreds that get posted. This could provide a format for those discussions to actually take place.

Great thought, Lindsey!
A blog club is interesting in that it is a blend of old and new school thinking of community/business development. As usual the difficult aspects of a blog club's development would be having a critical mass of users with enough shared interests to keep it going and interesting.

For benchmark purposes, look at the widely popular Oprah's Book Club. Operational for about 13 years, it appeals to a demographics that has interests in eight broad categories of books: Spirit, Health, Style. Relationships, Home, Food, Money and World.

Oprah sggests answering the following questions when one want's to start a traditional book club. The same questions would apply to a blog club? Substitute Blog for Book...

Think about what your intentions are for your book club. Before you start looking for prospective members, sit down for a few minutes and ask yourself the following questions.
Why are you starting a book club? What do you hope to get out of it?
What type of people will make up the club? Are you hoping that all of you will have something in common (beside your love of books), or are you looking to form a diverse group?
What types of books will your club primarily read?
Will you rotate through themes each month, like Asian literature, travel books or classics?
Do you want to lead the club? If so, for how long, and how much time can you devote to organizing meetings, refreshments and discussions? If not, will other members be willing to take on these responsibilities?
What are the minimum and maximum number of members your club can accommodate? (This may be dependent upon where you're meeting—see below!)
When will your first meeting take place? How often will your club meet afterward? What about the summer months, and during the winter holidays?
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Can a Des Moines blog club offer more than other social media tools provide?
That is a fantastic idea...something that updates the concept of reading books and discussing. Not only can the Blogger get ideas from the group, also the people in the group can learn more about Blogging and strenthen their efforts.
I love this idea!! Sometimes I recognize my own processing of a blog or blog post is way too likkety split. This would be great! A deep dive into a blog. Love it. MMMPCHA (Kissing Your Brain)
When and what time? (I prefer in the afternoon after 4pm)
Where?
Occurrences?
Organizer: Lindsey MacAllister :)
Yay!
Yeah, I can definitely organize this. I can't take on a big SMCDSM leadership role at this time, but I can do this.

How about we keep brainstorming this a bit and hammer it out at the next meeting? I'm thinking of keeping it pretty casual, like a book club. Good conversation over coffee or drinks, perhaps? Maybe once a month?

@Bob - Thanks for posting the Oprah Book Club info. I've never been in a book club, so this will help.

@Mike - Wow, no one's ever kissed my brain before. :D
Very cool idea - I am also guilty of very quickly browsing blogs but not really stopping to take a deeper look. I'd really like this - not just discussing what the blog is about but how it seems to be relating to others of its genre, other forms of social media and so on.
I think this is a great idea! I'd love a way to learn about good local blogs... and the idea of being able to still discuss them in small groups is great. I agree with Mike T. that reading the "power players"'s blogs is educational, but I feel like my comments will never get read or be given much weight... Count me in!

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