Monday, July 26, 2010

To Die or Not to Die...But Definitely to Change

By Ellen Hart

Since taking over the blog in January, I've tried to provide new content and new interest.  However, the longer I've been at it, the more I see that we need far more content, and perhaps an entirely new paradigm for the SinC National blog.  What would that look like?  I have ideas, as do many members and board members.  We plan on having an in depth conversation about this during the board meeting at this year's Bouchercon. 

In the interim, between August and the convention, we're going to try something new.  And now for something completely different, as Monty Python used to say. Well, not completely.  Buy different, yes.

The blog is clearly going to need more than one person providing the content to make it viable and interesting, a go-to place for our membership.  What we need is a small, dedicated army.  For the moment, a contingent of the Guppies and a few others, under the leadership of Lorraine Bartlett, has stepped up to the plate.  This is the form it will take:

Monday:  Personal Writing Odyssey Day.  These will be blogs from writers telling their personal publishing story--how they were able to break into print.  I think most of us will find these not only fascinating, but occasionally inspirational.

Tuesday:  Realities of Modern Publishing Day.  On Tuesday we will provide links to various recent articles on some facet of publishing.  Good news or bad, we all need to keep up. 

Wednesday:  Chapter Day.  On Wednesdays we'd like to give chapters the chance to tell the entire membership what they've been up to, what programs they've offered, or speakers who have come to a meeting to talk about their expertise. Anything and everything about a specific chapter.

Thursday:  Nuts and Bolts Day.  The Guppie Army will be asking writers to deliver blogs on various writing topics. 

Friday:  Interview Day.  Each Friday, we will offer the membership an in-depth interview with a writing, publishing, science or industry professional, who we feel would be of interest to the membership. 

Obviously, this change in structure may take some time to get up and running, but please do check back to see what's going on.  And as always, if you have comments, please feel free to share them. 

Onward and upward into the brave new blogosphere!


Beth Groundwater said...

I think the changed line-up is a great idea, and I'm looking forward to reading the new posts!

Catherine A. Winn said...

I love this decision! It's going to be an even better blog for us. Good job!

Ramona said...

The Guppie Army? Is that like Dumbledore's Army?

I like it, and the new SinC blog plan.

Ellen Byerrum said...

What an ambitious plan. I look forward to the new lineup. Best of luck.