Speak Up!

Dear Melbourne,

Hello! My name is Gala & I was recently recruited to write with the team here at Melbourne Metroblogs. I’m a writer & editor whose main interests fall within the realms of fashion, style & aesthetics & so I plan on touching upon those subjects in some of my posts here.

However, I also want to know: what sort of things do you expect from the Melbourne metblog? What do you want to see, what do you want to know about? What would you be happy NEVER to hear about again?

I really believe the quality of a blog is directly related to how much enjoyment its audience derives from reading it, so if you have any thoughts, let us hear ’em!

15 Comments so far

  1. nicola patron (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    I want them to be usefully themed with events and openings and city issues & news. Most of all NOT full of personal angst & gripes: save it for the care police.

    Bring a higher standard of writing. Thankyou. That is all.


  2. Gala (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

    Thanks little lady! I agree with you.


  3. xlynx (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Welcome Gala.

    Personally I come here looking for places/events to visit around the city.

    ( eg. http://melbourne.metblogs.com/archives/2006/09/earth_from_abov.phtml

    http://melbourne.metblogs.com/archives/2006/11/rooftop_viewing.phtml ).

    Especially the less mainstream stuff I’d otherwise not hear about.

    I think it’s also good to have occasional reminders about existing facts and features of the city for newcomers.

    ( eg. http://melbourne.metblogs.com/archives/2006/09/three_businessm.phtml

    http://melbourne.metblogs.com/archives/2007/01/find_a_place_to.phtml )

    I also think a bit of local news is good – eg. public transport woes, also some of the more novelty news which isn’t appropriate for standard media

    ( eg. http://melbourne.metblogs.com/archives/2006/11/dirty_myer_wind.phtml ).

    What I don’t want to hear about again? Krispy Cremes ;-)

    I personally think less is better, the last thing I’d want to see is pages of entries every day about stuff which simpily doesn’t affect readers, or can be found on the nightly news, or is not Melbourne oriented, or is personal or biased (I think generally all collaborative bloggers should also have their own personal blog too).


  4. Neil (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    Ok, thats some good feedback. Keep it coming.

    Xlynx, you’ve done your research.

    You make some good points and I would have to agree with all of those. We try and find a happy medium as we are not trying to be citysearch nor are we trying to be livejournal.

    And I promise not to write about Krispy Kremes anymore…;)


  5. SuPz (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

    I agree with Xlynx, post about what we don’t usually find in Melbourne, The best of what Melbourne has to offer.

    With that, an ongoing map of articles linking to a map of Melbourne would be nice too. Something like Google Earth With pins everywhere containing locations of the local cafe/shop/event that you guys always inform us about – The best of what Melbourne has to offer.


  6. Neil (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    Thats a great idea Supz. Sort of what mcity.com.au does…We’ll see what we can do.


  7. adrock2xander (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    *shock horror* Oh no! Does that mean i now have nothing to write about anymore? Is there a blog police out there, monitoring what we write now? Should we censor what we write and think? Above all, does it really answer the perennial question, that quality > quantity?

    Signed,
    adrock2xander, a blogger


  8. Gala (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

    Adrock: Blog police, no. A bored audience, perhaps. Unfortunately Metblogs isn’t like a personal blog where we can all wank on as much as we like… Anyway, shut up, it’s not like you’re going to change ;D


  9. SuPz (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

    It really depends what kind of audience is out there or what Metroblogging Melbourne wants to target. If its the locals within Melbourne, the occasional personal blog wouldn’t hurt, just don’t test your luck too much.

    If its targeting visitors to Melbourne, better post more informative post on whats on around Melbourne rather than tell them where’s the closest Krispy Kreme is :P

    Neil-mcity.com.au is the perfect example. A merger between Metroblogging Melbourne and Mcity would be nice. More info of events and entertainment around the city than before as well as reviews and the almighty Google map!!!


  10. Gala (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

    Supz — Given that Metroblogging is an independent entity, I don’t know what the odds are of a merger with mcity are like. I would say they’re probably not good, though it’s not my call!

    I have to admit it took me a long time to even notice the ‘events’ bar on the righthand side. Really extraordinary events (rather than just your favourite band’s gig) should be profiled more often, I think. I also think this site could really benefit from information about the ‘secrets’ of Melbourne. It’s a subject that lends itself well to small amounts of personal anecdotal writing without being too livejournal-ish. Plus, everyone loves that stuff & no one could possibly know it all. It’s the sort of thing that could eventually be compiled for tourists & visitors & would be a great resource.


  11. adrock2xander (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 12:33 am

    I like to think that each and every author here in Melbourne brings something different to the blog. A different writing style, some are more personal, some more reflective. I like the mix-up. The friendly ‘bagging’ environment makes for a good chuckle as well. I’ve lost count the number of times Neil and i have gotten at each other’s funny nerves.

    Cheers Neil. Still love ya hehe.


  12. Neil (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    Ok, good stuff.
    You are right. Metroblogging is an independent entity and will not merge with mcity. But that said, if there is a way, I would love to intergrate a map into posts. I love maps! Who doesn’t?

    I will see if I can get get the events listing changed to reflect “useful” events. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

    Thanks for all that commented.


  13. Andrew (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

    I would love for you to feature more stuff about Australian designers and artists who are working in Melbourne.


  14. Dick (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    Having recently moved from Canberra this is a website from Canberra you may want to base yourself on http://the-riotact.com/


  15. Candice (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    Well.. seeing as I want to end up in Melbourne.. I’d love to hear about your move. What was the motivation behind your decision to make Melbourne your base? Also, any issues you had & tips you can give to someone like me making the transition.. or just anything else I have to look forward to in general.. the more excuses I have, the better!



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