I wrote a post over at UMW Blogs that introduces a new feature allowing anyone at UMW to highlight a post or blog from around the community. I tried this over a year ago, but it was on a blog other than the homepage, and I don’t think enough people really saw or understood the idea yet (which still may prove true).
But now, given the Add User widget is such a layup, it is simple for anyone within the UMW community to signup as a contributor and feature a post. And once they do (or should I say “if they do”), their posts will immediately queue up and after a quick review be published to the front page, think of this last feature as a built in safety valve. One which will also help me catch any shameless self-promoters, because I reserve that right for myself alone on UMW Blogs 🙂 But the real push behind this is that there is so much stuff being published on UMW Blogs, that we really need some mechanisms to start making the great work people are finding more visible to the community at large, and I guess this is one simple way at it amongst many. No one could possibly read everything at this rate, but many of us easily could, and by sharing our favorites we might introduce a whole different layer of interaction and encouragement through such a framework.
Special thanks to Serena Epstein for the photoshopping.