2009 is going to be a good year for Reading and Ruminations. I’m already taking part in 4 fantastic challenges (though 2 of them will be quite easy, as they fit neatly into the other two challenges), and I’m giving myself something of a fresh start by leaving Live Journal and starting over here at Word Press. So what better time than now to really focus on making Reading and Ruminations the best it can be?

That’s where the 2009 Blog Improvement Project comes in. It’s hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, and will run every two weeks during 2009.

About This Project

The 2009 Blog Improvement Project is a year-long challenge that will consist of twice-monthly activities to improve your blog. Every first and third Monday of the month I’ll post an activity here at Sophisticated Dorkiness that will related in some way to making your blog better. Each participant should spend the next two weeks focusing on that aspect of their blog.  Possible topics include goals setting, writing better content, building community with readers, getting more readers, and blog layout and design.

If you choose to participate in this project, there is no obligation to participate in every challenge, and you can customize each challenge so it makes sense for your particular blog and goals.  Think of the design as similar to Weekly Geeks — participate when it makes sense for you.  This is a group effort, because getting better is always easier when you have a support system, but the ultimate commitment remains with you — how do you want your blog to be better by the time we get to December 31, 2009?

A word of note — I am not a blogging expert.  I’m just a beginning book blogger myself.  I read a lot of blogs about blogging and am interested in social media, but I am by no means any better at blogging than anyone else.  One of the reasons I am hosting this project is because I want to spend time improving this blog.  I believe in support systems, and think this will be a fun way to get better together.

To sign up at Sophisticated Dorkiness, please click on the image above.