I had an idea this weekend. I read. Lot’s of bloggers read alot. It’s endemic with the media, in that it attracts people for whom the written word is a preferred mode of communication in some way. But reading is solitary. In our (mine anyhow) circle, few people are reading the books I read … when I read them. So there’s nobody to talk about what we’re reading. So, here’s the idea, I’d was thinking of experimenting with an “open source” book club. Features might include
- I’d open up and install a new blog, say … “The Verbal Vortex” or some such thing with a likely DNS name and a fairly vanilla look.
- Any commentor, blog-neighbors, or really blogger with any history or those recommended would then be setup as posters.
- posters would be required to keep “it clean”, respectiful, and irenic.
- You’d want to subscribe (RSS) to topics, or email subscription by category/genre.
- The idea is that each “topic” would be a genre of books in a number (probably 4-15) contributors would decide to read one book (per genre) and discuss it. When they’ve communally decided they were done. They’d discuss, choose another and read and discuss that one. If the number of contributors grew to the point it got too “noisy” with contributions … then it should “spontaneously” split into sub-genres reading different books.
- I think the idea might be that a book and an “on-deck” book be established for each category/sub-category, so that participants can get via library, bookstore, or Amazon the “next” book he’s interested in.
- Initial topics might include: History, Religion, Philosophy, Science, Biography, Fiction … with a notion that that should expand if/when interest might grow.
- I’d suggest that for the most part “comments” be closed. Conversations might normally be done via short post.
- Would this be interested … that is would you sign on?
- If you would, what topics might interest you? Should there be additional topics to start?
- Does my blog name work? Suggestions?
If there is interested, I’ll setup an initial pass as soon as this weekend.