I think a great way to get and especially keep volunteers is through rewards. People generally work better when there's a "carrot" involved. The good thing is that it doesn't have to be about money.
So I was thinking that perhaps we could start thinking about rewards for people who do stuff and I think we could start with something simple, like badges for bragging rights.
For example, we could have a badge for each category of volunteering and people who do tasks under that category gain points towards achieving that badge. Lets say for blogging:
- 1 Blog Post (relating to AN somehow): Associate Blogger
- 3 Blog Posts: Nexus correspondent
- 10 Blog Posts: Voice of the Nexus
The titles and numbers we can discuss of course. A similar badge can be granted to volunteers of every category as long as we create definite guidelines on how they can achieve it.
The Badges can then be assigned to each member through AN (if possible) or we can allow anyone to use them in their profile as long as they link to proof of how they gained them (say by using a delicious tag to bookmark all the blogposts)
In the future we could have more rewards. Perhaps points could be cached out for monetary reward (if we get sponsors and whatnot) or exchanged for a job from the skills exchange
or anything else we can think.
The more ways we have to reward people who put their time on this, the more loyal they would be.
What do you think?