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Brainstorming for how to get the message boards more active!

I think many of us noticed the thread started by @itscarin titled Are the message boards dead? .  I'd like to have BICers brainstorm ways for us to make it more active again.  There are so many great people on here, and I think we could all use some more ways to engage with each other.  BIC is about beauty, but it's also about friendship.  Please consider this a place to post ideas about how we can inspire more conversations.

 

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Here are some ideas that I humbly offer to get us started:

 

-post on an older thread and revive it (some ones I like are THE THROWBACK THREAD!!! CRYSTALS, GEMS AND JEWELRY )

 

-start a challenge (a la the 💕😌 Mask of the Week Challenge 😌💖 or 100 Days of Lipstick Challenge )

 

-start a new thread (remember the seasonal threads like BT's COUNTDOWN TO THE HOLIDAYS 2016 ?  Or, what about brand threads that we don't have yet?  I believe we're missing a Paula's Choice thread -- especially since it's now carried at Sephora.  Or, what about a thread devoted to all the celebrity beauty brands for us to chat on?)

 

-reach out to BICers that you haven't seen post in a while

 

-set a BIC goal for posting or reviews and see where it takes you.  (I know I'd like to post more pics of hauls, but never do.)

Re: Brainstorming for how to get the message boards more active!

@Kim888 I think all my posts to the non-beauty hauls thread would be clothes. I’ve lost a lot of weight and basically buying a new wardrobe.

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@sprocketta good call on reviving the decorations tag!  I really liked that last year.

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@CookieGirl1 I was really bummed about not seeing my family for the holidays so I went pretty hardcore into the holiday spirit. I am a little nervous about putting up a tree with my crazy lady Pepper here. It will certainly be interesting.

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@sprocketta I remember your impressive decor from last year 😉

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@CookieGirl1 I look forward to hanging up the ornaments gifted to me by @quspork i’m last year’s secret Santa.

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@sprocketta - Didn't you get a handmade wreath from one of your neighbors?

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@Titian06 Yes! It’s sitting in the closet waiting to be brought out. 

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@sprocketta  That's so gorgeous!  I remember the story from last year; glad it ended well.

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@Ispend2much6 yes! The first one she made was hideous but it came out so nicely. 

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I'll think about it, @greeneyedgirl107.  Maybe there are more threads I can start!

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@curlychiquita I'm some great ideas will come to you!!!

Re: Brainstorming for how to get the message boards more active!

@greeneyedgirl107  Thanks for the tag!  I like the idea of a challenge.  I think another idea, (both your challenge and this other type could be done at the same time,) might be to host a challenge that's a little more personal.  For example, we could share our thoughts about the following:  favorite season and why, favorite holiday tradition, food, or cookie; hobbies we had when we were young, hobbies we have now, a most embarrassing moment, a most proud moment, etc.  I'm not very good at thinking of these subjects, but wanted to list a few that could get us sharing more of who we are and have some fun while doing it.

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@Ispend2much6 Agreed, the annual holiday thread is always fun ❤️

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@pocketvenus   I just realized Thanksgiving is a few weeks away; I always aim to have some cookie dough in the freezer by then; we'll see if it happens. 🙂  Do you have a favorite cookie/dessert you make for any holiday?

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@Ispend2much6 I tend to switch it up and have been baking more cakes these days, including this fantastic pomegranate molasses cake from the NY Times, highly recommended 🍰 💗 What kind of cookies do you like to make? 🙂

 

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Re: Brainstorming for how to get the message boards more active!

@pocketvenus This sounds absolutely fantastic, and I didn't know pomegranate molasses was a thing! I'm definitely going to make this for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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@curlychiquita It's great! You can use it to dress all kinds of dishes and it gives an acidic tart and sweet flavour.

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@pocketvenus  Yum!  I love pomegranate.  Pomegranate molasses must pack a punch if only 3 TB are used in the recipe.  Lately I've been making apple and plum cakes, since they're in season.  No sooner is one gone than my husband, who has a hearty appetite and manages to stay thin anyway, requests another one. 🙂  I use the German Apple Cake recipe from All Recipes, and the Purple Plum Torte from Smitten Kitchen.

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@Ispend2much6 Ooooh, I used to read Smitten Kitchen! One of the OG food blogs 🙂 And yes, I too have to guard my baked goods or expect them to disappear very quickly!!

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@Ispend2much6 Yes, I think a personal challenge idea is excellent!  🙂 🙂 🙂

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@Ispend2much6 @You know I see Sephora mods posting topics like “x challenge” or “show me your y looks” or “what’s on your wishlist”?   I might comment on them from time to time but in a way they’re very unappealing to me because they just come across as very inorganic.  I also feel like I had more of a personal connection with previous mods.  

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