On the weekend of 14th -16th September I went to the CWIG conference at Reading. One of the many good ideas I took home was the concept of the collaborative blog. (I am indebted to Susan Price and The History Girls for this.)
‘Goose’ illustration by super-talented CWIG committee member Nicola Smee.
What are the advantages of shared bloggery?
more variety for the reader
more frequent posts for the reader
less taxing for each individual contributor
more readers will come – the followers of the various contributors
I decided I would start one up based on my shared love of the sea and the magic it evokes in writers and artists. I have already put some feelers out and have a small select band of interested parties ( you know who you are!)
I wonder what you’d hear from this?
What might it involve?
Ideally we would want 28 contributors to do one post a month ( as do the History Girls) – the extra days could be covered by guest posts. We could start with one post a week and review in the New Year – or we could trial one-a-day on a rolling basis and see how that turns out.
Nautical bookshelves thrive in my house.
Who takes charge / takes the flak?
I am offering myself as curator in the first instance. I read and research voraciously about the sea and I am willing to edit and post on a simple site.
I don’t want to be Gully-no-mates…
all posts will reflect delight in the sea
all posts will be suitable for fluent readers – no swearing, no talking down
writing and artwork in the widest variety of forms will be welcomed – poetry, reminiscences, jewellery, photography, folklore, flash fiction, stained glass…
concise and attractive posts will be preferred
all images will be licensed, Public Domain or copyright to the poster – Creative Commons are encouraged