Today, I wondered if we could try something a bit different. Could we start theme diaries (open thread or focused)–meaning the subscribers actually post the topics? There are 4-5 regulars and we could easily each post a quick diary for jumpstarts on different topics. It seems that all of the burden has been on LD’s shoulders. It doesn’t take much time to just start a thread on a topic or candidate (as LD has been doing). For example, one could start one on Green News (or in LD’s case, he’s great in pointing out pipelines that have created community problems), another may be immigrant news, another could be Bernie News, links to diaries from other progressive sites (C99, Jack Pine Radicals, Egberto Willies, TYT,and yes, if it merits, TOP–Dark Syde, MB), or debunk the media (or in a similar vein, one of my favorite topics, debunk the Clinton Machine) or foreign policy happenings.
For example, one can pick a category under the “News” Section of the Tool Bar on the front page.
Have you considered about writing a more fully developed diary (like Subir or bebimbob does with Science Sundays) ahead of time? Great, post it!
So the purpose would be four-fold:
- Get more content going, but not necessarily have to do a fully developed diary/essay
- Make the site a little easier to load
- Not depend on LD to provide most of the content –and in essence become one big news dump
- Opportunities to participate in the life of this place and keep it going beyond 6 pm for the evening readers
I can start a theme idea to jumpstart to give you an idea of where I’m going with this. As Todd Beamer said 16 years ago today when deciding to fight the terrorists who hijacked Flight 93, “Let’s Roll.”
Your thoughts are welcomed in the comments section.