So, Monday was the quilting bee‘s annual blog day. As I’m sure you’re aware by now — either from my own past entries or from other bee’s — the idea is that dedicated members tell you why they love the club, what it provides for them, show you what activities they’ve taken part in, whatever; anything goes!
This year I’m not doing that. You don’t need to read my biased opinions (I own the club, I can hardly be “objective” about it). Instead I’m going to tell you about some new features that will be introduced in the new year. Only a couple of bees know about this so it’s all a big surprise at the moment :)
The Q*Bee has a points system not dissimilar to rev.iew.me’s (surprise surprise). Members can earn points by taking part in (and winning) activities, posting on our custom “BBS” (the forum), referring new bees, nominating bees for awards, donating free*bees (graphics for other q*bee members) etc etc. There are tons of ways to earn points. The only problem is that there is not currently any way to spend points… and this is where the “plans” come in.
An ex-member member, Arien, initially made the suggestion. She thought we should all have some sort of customisable avatar. The idea is that we implement an entire wardrobe of clothes and accessories that avatars can be dressed in, which bees can spend their points on. Clothes can be limited edition, thus ‘collectable’, or generic. Each bee (member) can save their unique wardrobe and configuration, and this is viewable from the bee’s profile.
This opens up an entire new avenue of interactivity that I’m only just beginning to explore the scope of, but as well as that, will require a shop element. It is then through this shop element that we will be able to provide users the ability to customise their profiles (within reason, don’t get any ideas of myspace here!) and buy tangible items such as domain names, web space, custom q*bee produce, etc (funds allowing). It basically means that the more a bee is involved in the club, the more points they earn, and the more they can buy. In turn, having these new features encourages the activity that gets the points and it’s all one big circle of fun (in theory).
It’s all very exciting, and will require major coding time in the new year (with the help of my programmer bees) but I believe the changes will give the club to expand and improve beyond anything it has ever seen or done before. You’re more than welcome to share your thoughts, member or not.