Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion?
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Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/02/2012 14:57:11 MDT Print View

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


Articles


Brad Groves tests rain pants...
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Dave Chenault reviews some rackless bag systems for bikepacking
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Trip Reports



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Dan Durston takes a shot at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open!

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Christopher Yi braves the traffic for a weekend at Yosemite...


In the Forum


A few interesting discussions in the forum this week:

Want some lightweight camp shoes? Make your own!

A self-described ‘newbie’ asks a few questions about bike touring

Can you get paid to backpack?

We all love chocolate in our gorp, but what about when the temp rises?

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.

On-Trail Route Finding: When the Trail is Hard to Follow

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking

Food planning using pounds per person per day

Edited by idester on 06/02/2012 15:01:59 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/02/2012 15:04:45 MDT Print View

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).

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/02/2012 16:05:31 MDT Print View

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.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
"This week on BPL" on 06/02/2012 17:15:29 MDT Print View

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!!!

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Opinion on 06/02/2012 17:25:23 MDT Print View

Looks great, Doug! Much better than the current front page!

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/02/2012 20:13:18 MDT Print View

Great concept !

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Opinion on 06/02/2012 20:54:55 MDT Print View

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?

Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/02/2012 21:56:01 MDT Print View

I like it. +1

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/02/2012 23:27:04 MDT Print View

This looks the auto-e-mail I get every week, was that the intent?

Michael L
(mpl_35) - MLife

Locale: The Palouse
Re: Re: Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/03/2012 08:43:05 MDT Print View

Kind of Susan

But it would be here for new visitors. And has the threads and blogs section too.


I like it

Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
Re: Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion on 06/11/2012 21:12:24 MDT Print View

+1

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion?" on 06/11/2012 21:29:42 MDT Print View

Doug,

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?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: "Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion?" on 06/11/2012 22:05:48 MDT Print View

E mail to Ryan ryan(at)backpackinglight dot com

Suggest the change be made.

Maybe he'll listen to you.

Michael Levine
(Trout) - F

Locale: Long Beach
Re: Would you do me the favor of lending your opinion? on 06/12/2012 09:21:21 MDT Print View

I really like it. As it is now my saved favorite is the forum page.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Opinion on 06/12/2012 10:38:52 MDT Print View

Doug,

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!