You may have noticed a change in the way that FanaticSpace is structured. I finally got tired of trying to build a decent layout and bought one that I could tweak. I decided to use the magazine version of the Revolution theme for a couple of reasons.
My priorities were multiple layout options and site wide consistency. I even toyed with the idea of switching to a CMS like Drupal that could handle blogs, forums and any kind of page I might need. Another advantage of a CMS would be integration of everything into one account. In the end I decided against the all in one solution. While it does handle everything, it doesn’t handle it in the way that I want.
I decided that I would use the tools I’m familiar with. Now that I have a theme that I like, I can get back to work on content and community building.
After the posts by Donna and myself, I’ve decided that I should make books a larger part of the site. I’d like to do more posts about books and reading. What I’d like your opinion on is the structure of those posts.
Should I review books I read?
Should I open a discussion about a book?
I can see pros and cons for both of those. I’m just not sure what you’d rather see here. That’s why I’m asking you.
What’s the difference?
This is how I imagine these working. If you have other ideas please let me know.
I would choose a book, or let you vote on a book.
I’d read it and take a few notes.
I’d come back to the blog and write up a review. It’s pretty straight forward.
I would choose a book, or let you vote on a book. That’s the same.
I’d write a post on the blog to announce what the book is.
A reading deadline would be set. That way people know when the discussion will start, and will know when to finish the book.
People that want to join in would, I hope, read the book.
After the reading deadline I’d come back here and officially open the discussion. I would include some of my opinions and my questions about the book. It wouldn’t be a full review though.
I would update the post with some, or all, of the relevant comments from the discussion for a period of time. This would make the relevant comments about the book easier to find and make things easier on people taking part. A long list of comments can be hard to follow sometimes.
What do you think?
Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Do you have any other ideas? I’d appreciate your thoughts on this. I’d really like to make this site something we could all enjoy together.
[tags]Fandoms, Books, Opinion, Blogging, Book Discussions, Book Reviews, Book Club, FanaticSpace[/tags]
Taking a cue from the bovine blogger (John Cow) I’m considering the possibility of accepting guest posts. While I have nowhere near the influence of that inspirational parody (based on John Chow) site, I thought it might be a good way for fan bloggers to write about stuff outside their niche. I won’t burden you with a post a week either.
Let’s say you write an anime blog. You’re also a fan of Harry Potter and have a great idea for a blog post. You don’t have an HP blog, and don’t really want to start one just for this post. You can’t really post your Harry Potter theory on your anime blog, that’d be way off topic.
That’s where I can help. I’ll post your HP theory, with a small author bio you write. You can include links and a photo if you like. You won’t have an HP post sticking out like a sore thumb, and you’ll get linked from here.
This could help readers of both sites find stuff they’re interested in.
Don’t have a blog? That’s fine, you don’t need a blog to write a guest post. If you have something you’d like to write, go ahead and let me know.
I’m setting up the contact form for a test run. If it doesn’t work out and I decide not to do this, I’ll let you know. Right now I can’t foresee why I’d need to stop this. Other than depression that no one submitted any ideas.
If you’d like make a guest post, just use the contact form. For your Contact Reason select “Submit guest post idea”. Then just send me your idea. Easy as can be.