Blueprint: Review has been running for over a year now and we're pleased to have seen it grow from strength to strength over that time. We've established some fantastic regular features such as Adam Hollingworth's Film For Thought series, the amusing Trailer Stories, our reader & contributor led Haiku Reviews, and our two podcasts - the Blueprint: Review Podcast and the 30 Minute Gamers Podcast. We've established some fruitful links with a number of distributors too, allowing us to feature reviews of a number of classic, world and independent releases as well as offer generous competitions to our readers.
However, we're ambitious folk here at Blueprint: Review and we think we can do much better. Although we get a fairly healthy stream of traffic, too many visitors are one-off's who simply click through to a review from IMDB rather than come back regularly to see what new features we have to offer. We also always imagined a community feel to the site, with regular back and forths kicking off in the comments sections, which doesn't happen often enough for our liking.
So, rather than just go away and sulk or tamper with the site trying to find some magic combination of layout and content that draws the attention of web-users far and wide, we thought we'd ask you, our regulars and intended audience, what you feel is needed on the site.
We have a number of questions to ask and we would very much appreciate it if you could post your answers in the comments section or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd rather. Don't feel like you need to answer everything, just a vague thought on improvements would be welcome too, and don't worry about offending us, we're thick skinned (although I might cry a little if you say we're rubbish). So here goes:
- What do you, as a film or game lover really want from a site like ours?
- Think about a similar site you visit regularly (and list it if you like), what brings you back there so frequently?
- What is missing?
- What is working well for you?
- What would you like to see more of that we already have?
- How do you find the current style/layout - does it look good and is it easy to navigate?
We plan to start implementing a whole load of changes over the next month, so your thoughts will be taken into consideration straight away. We're also on the lookout for new writers to inject some fresh blood into the site, so if anyone is interested in contributing please email us at email@example.com