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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!

@makeitup305 I agree.  I won't even bother with that section and just use the browser on my phone for it instead. 

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I know, I kept thinking surely it would get fixed and got so fed up since I couldn’t even log in for the longest time. Also had trouble ordering, which wasn’t all bad, but I actually did hit platinum at ultra as a result! @CookieGirl1 

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I love the idea of a brand challenge, @sister13. It would be a great way to see how different community members use various products. 

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Yeah, I remember that being a lot of fun! I’ll try to think of some ideas to bring it back!! @quspork 

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Post your favorite Christmas meme!

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@CookieGirl1 Like this one too

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@greeneyedgirl107 @eshoe @Loretta55 @sprocketta @CookieGirl1 

 

I had an idea for a thread. I know with the holidays coming up fast what about a thread about what your family Holliday traditions are. I feel like most people would be able to share or weigh in and learn different peoples traditions. 

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I am probably not the best person to ask about holiday traditions @ather . I am an empty nester. My husband and I do not exchange gifts. I usually work on all major holidays but after work we do go out to a leisurely dinner at one of our favorite Portuguese restaurants. We will go out on both Christmas Day and New Years Day . 

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@Loretta55 I think that’s a good tradition! I use to work all holidays before kids and my husband and I never did much. Usually went to Mexico for the holidays to get away!! I like having a special place to go eat is a great idea!! 

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@ather @I remember a few years back we used to have a thread where a different holiday question was asked each day of the season which always felt fun! 

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@Kim888 yep I remember this as well. I believe that @veronika23 headed this up, and it was so much fun to participate. I hope there is a chance she will bring it back this year! @ather @quspork 

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Yes, I love the Holiday countdown threads, @Kim888 @ather They're so much fun getting to read others responses and share how we all celebrate. 

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@Kim888  That’s cool too!! A 12 days of Christmas would be fun too. Doing different things each day and posting pictures!

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I think it’s a great idea, @ather! The holidays have been so different lately for a lot of people, so the traditions we have been able to carry on seem extra-meaningful.

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@eshoe  I agree. It’s nice to see what other people do as well. 

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Thanks for the tag, @greeneyedgirl107 !  So many great suggestions have been made.  I don't have anything to add at this point.  If I think of something I'll let you know.

 

I did really enjoy the book club.  It got me to read books in different areas than I normally read.   Unfortunately, only a couple of us discussed the books.  

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@Titian06 I had another idea.  I know there was talk about posting on the What are you watching? thread which is a great idea.  That led me to think that maybe instead of a BIC Book Club, we could have a BIC TV/Movie Club.  Each week we could have a different TV show or documentary or movie or whatever to watch, then chat about it.  I know it's be hard to coordinate what people are interested, especially since we all have different streaming platforms.  But it's an idea.

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@Titian06 Yes, I do remember you enjoyed the BIC Book Club.  Maybe we could do a thread with interesting articles posted - so short pieces that maybe more people would read and therefore chat about.  It could be about beauty or anything we're interested in.

 

I tried to start a thead inspired by Allure magazine items years ago called Let's talk ALLURE media! but it never took off.  Trying a different spin might be helpful.

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@greeneyedgirl107 Since the holidays are starting, maybe we could try a recipe of the week? We could do it by themes for a week like Great British Bake-off? It might get lengthy but maybe?

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@makeitup305   I like this!  Do you think it would work if we did weekly themes like: Week 1- Scones; Week 2- Shortbread...and whatever else falls into that category.

Since we're heading into the holidays, it could go something like this: Week 1- gingerbread or gingerbread cookies; Week 2- Shortbread; Week 3- sugar cookies; Week 4- Drop cookies- have everyone choose their own recipe, bake it, take pictures, and share the recipe with the pictures?

That does sound like a lot of calories, and work, but it might inspire me to get my Christmas baking done and ready for gifts on time.

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@Ispend2much6 that was kind of my idea, I thought it would be cute. If we do it, it would probably be smart to freeze half the dough and just have it ready for the holidays.

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