I spent many hours setting up the page, then invited members to use it, for themselves AND to help promote our club. A few did, entering summaries for each weekend trial they attended, but this quickly became cumbersome. Too many entries to read, and too hard to follow any one dog. No good. So I asked members, a few weeks back, to post a one-brag-summary of each dog's achievement for 2010. I posted my own Maxie Brag as an example.
Alas, I only got one response. So much for team spirit. The sentiment seems to be "who has the time". True, many of our club members are at trials most weekends and working during the week, yet I fear the page's emptiness makes it look like our members don't have anything to brag about. That won't do.
I reviewed a bunch of other dog club websites, and in each case where they have a Brags feature, the page is nearly empty. Apparently the "post it yourself" plan is not the way to go. So I'm trying to figure out new ways to get the job done.
Each year our members are asked to turn in their dog's new titles for the year so the club can present them with an award, either a plaque or a crate tag, at the Winter Party. I wrote elsewhere in this blog about receiving my first plaque and how proud I was. I'm not sure all of our members respond to that program, either, but a considerable number do, so I'm investigating posting that list to the website. I'll make a presentation to the Board of Directors and see if that flies.