Hola ROWers. I’m breaking the posting schedule today to pose a few questions to you, the ROW80 community. When I started this blog back in 2010 (holy crap, has it really been going that long?), I tried to set things up in as simple a fashion as I could in order to try to engender a community of like-minded writers who were into accountability and challenge, but without the one-size fits all goal of something like NaNoWriMo. Over time, I’ve changed very little other than to give the site a couple of makeovers.
All this time, I’ve had my sponsors (and hopefully more of you) cheerleading each other in the comments sections of your individual posts–which has been successful more on some fronts than others. Some of my past participants wanted a Facebook group, so we made one of those (even though I rabidly hated Facebook at the time). And we’ve got a hashtag (#ROW80) over on Twitter. And I admit…I hang out over there a lot more than I do poking around blogs. I am, in fact, terrible at responding to comments in general on my own blog unless a direct question is asked. But I’m VERY active in social media and cheerleading over there. I’m sure if anybody here had a clue how the heck to use Google+ (I sure don’t), somebody could start a ROW80 circle or whatever over there.
That brings me to point 1. I just read this post by Michael Hyatt about why he’s removing comments from his blog. I think it’s well worth a read. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
I like what Hyatt has to say, like the idea that removing comments forces the discussion into social media and makes it SOCIAL. That’s directly in line with the idea of community. But hey, it’s not just me here and I want y’all’s input.
Edited to add this from the comments below because I think it helps clarify what I’m talking about and the logic behind it.
No no. The linkies aren’t going away. The blog posts aren’t going away. That part works and I have no intention of changing it. As a sponsor (or otherwise general cheerleader), you’d still have that to go off of.
The ONLY thing that would change is that there wouldn’t be comments HERE. So instead of conversation about the inspiration topic of the week taking place in a thread here, they’d be out in social media on FB or Twitter or wherever–where other folks who are not already part of the ROW80 team will see them and (hopefully) ask about them and follow back to the blog and decide to jump in to join us.
One of the other things I was considering is having a semi-regular post during the round wherein fellow ROWers with new releases can submit their book to notify fellow ROWers that it’s out (we aren’t big enough for this to be a weekly thing, but maybe a couple times a round?). Would y’all be interested in that?
So speak up, folks! This is YOUR community. Feel free to make your case in comments (and yes, I realize the irony of that, given I’m talking about yanking them) or over at Facebook or on Twitter.