Release the balloons, bring in the clowns, we have 36 amazing writers signed up as members now. The ad hoc Steering Committee meeting on Google+ went well Thursday evening.
Well, it was evening for me. It was mid-afternoon for Lori and, well, you get the picture. Our group is spread across the globe and it’s difficult to pick times when everyone can be available. We’ll be doing our best to meet weekly though and using Twitter, Facebook Chat, and whatever else it takes to keep everyone in the loop.
Lara is posting the names of the Steering Committee and linking to their author pages so that all the members will know who to contact if they have questions.
And that brings me to the topic of this post. It’s time to start forming our Teams. For now we’re calling them Theme teams. To define that for you, we mean general areas of interest that people have in common.
We had already decided on Fiction, Poetry, and KidLit just to give people examples of possible areas for exploration. After thinking about it for a couple of days, I added Non-Fiction, Inspirational, and SAHM to the menu.
These are NOT set in stone. We may be changing the names, adding more, taking some away, or making subdivisions. We’re not building walls here, just putting up partitions. There won’t be any doors. You can wander about to suit yourselves.
The present goal is to get a feel for everyone’s interests, experiences, and abilities. You can be on several teams at once, if you want, or just one. It’s up to you in the long run.
Just now, we are trying to get an idea of how many teams we need and what topics they should cover. As I said, the current ones are just examples. Our building process is still in flux. We have working drawings for the layout, but no desks installed.
To help us decide on the themes and try to organize everyone into teams, we really need as many of you as possible to add your Author Bios. They don’t have to be long or complex. We’re just looking for basic information, at the moment. We’ve got ten in place. Take a look, pick one that feels compatible, and model your own along the same lines. We’ll be looking them over and using the info there to formalize the teams.
It’s not any more difficult than writing a regular blog post. You won’t even need to do any research! It’ll just take a little thought and a few minutes of writing time. Here’s the mechanics:
- Sign in with your WordPress ID. (Don’t have one? It’s simple. Go here. Click the orange button. You don’t have to add a new blog. This one is yours too.)
- Under Posts, click “Add New”
- Put your name as the title and add your information. When you are satisfied with it:
- In the upper right corner of the screen, find the big Publish box.
- At the top left of that box, there’s a button that says “Save Draft”
- Click the button and let a member of the Steering Committee know it’s there.
We’ll take the post and turn it into a page on the drop down menu under “Author Bios.” When we have a majority of the authors listed, we’ll survey them to see what categories we need to set up and post some sort of poll for everyone to vote for the teams they want to join.
We are the Not Bobbers and we are creating a solid platform for our people to stand upon as they build their individual writing lives. Help us celebrate our networking prowess. We rock! Robert Brewer may not have known what he was starting, but he should be proud of how it is turning out.