The Scottish Roundup has two aims; to give Scottish bloggers a platform and to showcase the best of Scottish blogging every week.Â Like its cousin The British Blog Roundup we want to show our readers the diversity of blogs out there in Scotland.
However, we need your help. In short we need blog readers and blog writers to start getting more involved. Hereâ€™s what we think the roundup needs:
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â A wee bit of showing off: We need everyone to stop being so shy about nominating their own posts. If you think youâ€™ve written a good post, then tell us about it. Nominate yourself- no-one will think you are up yourself! We strive to include anyone nominated (unless their posts are offensive). So do it- put your posts forward, no one need know you did it yourself. We wonâ€™t tell!
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Variety: Never think that something isnâ€™t up our street. We want the Roundup to be diverse. Scottish Roundup had a tendency to include a lot of political posts but this is changing. We only draw the line at pornography and offensiveness. Everything else is our bag- so nominate it! We like art, photography (incl Blipfoto- we think thatâ€™s blogging), food and drink. Poetry, music, fiction, sports, science, technology, news, ecology, fashion, personal blogs, film reviews â€“ everything. We want it all, as long as itâ€™s :
- Written by anyone in Scotland OR
- Written by a Scot living anywhere in the world
- About anything relating to Scotland
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Editors: We need more volunteers to help edit the Roundup. We have a core team of volunteers who administrate the site but we like our editors to be different every week so that each roundup is decided by a range of people. We are not a clique, we donâ€™t know each other in real life and weâ€™re not snotty or scary. All weâ€™d need you to do is email us and say something like â€œHi, Iâ€™d like to edit the roundup one week, I am a fully functioning member of society and I promise not to use the F word too muchâ€ and then weâ€™ll get back in touch and tell you how to go about it. You donâ€™t even need to be a blogger. You can just be a gentle reader. And you can edit the Roundup as many times as you want- no pressure.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Feedback: weâ€™d like it. Start telling us what youâ€™d like. Do we post the round up too often? Do you want more arts stuff, more sports stuff, more stuff from ex-pat Scots? What did you like about past roundups? What did you not like? Do you want to get more involved? Could be doing anything to make Roundup better?
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Link love: Weâ€™d really like it if everyone mentioned in the roundup each week pimped us out a little bit. That way you will all get more readers and maybe Scottish Roundup will grow and people like Andrew Marr might shut his face about how unimportant bloggers are! Retweet our links, facebook them, tell your friends, link to us on your blog- anything. if we all fly the flag then being included in the Roundup might become an even greater thing as the site grows.
There are heaps of ways you can get in touch with us. You can use that little form on the right hand side, you can Retweet us/follow us @ScottishRoundup, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a comment in the comments box. Weâ€™d also be grateful that if youâ€™ve ever been included in the Roundup if you let us know your views and pass on the link to this post. Weâ€™ll be following up on all suggestions and letting you know how the feedback has gone.
So, any thoughts?
Misssy M (Gillian Martin)
On behalf of the Scottish Roundup Team