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For Websurfers: if you just stumbled across this post, it pertains to the World Building Academy launching later this Fall. If you also create fictional worlds and are interested in getting in on the ground floor and initial discussions about your world-building needs, please join the WBA list at this page.
For WBA List Members:
As I mentioned in earlier email, I want to hear more about what your needs are in regards to world building. Not just generally (though that too) but also in regards to solutions I’m developing that I want to make sure are of real use to you.
Now, I could just post an occasionally query in a blog post (like this one) and point you to it via email, and then read your responses here. But from some comments I’ve been getting, I have the impression that you might be interested in a bit more interactive discussion than that.
This brings me to my question: what form of discussion group/area/platform would you prefer if you really want to share your thoughts about the world building challenges you’re dealing with? What are you most likely to actually use?
I have some business considerations that incline me one way or the other, but I’ve narrowed my choices down to three approaches. I’d like to hear your take on these options before I implement anything.
1. Blog posts and comments – like we’re doing here. I can add a comment threading function so it’s easier to find things by subject or subhead and so on, if chat goes on for a while.
On the plus side, it’s easy and we’ll probably see some incidental newcomers from websurfing. On the downside, it’s not the best way to manage ongoing discussions.
2. A forum. This would be a forum here on this website (will be moved later to the World Building Academy site when it goes live). It would have both public and private levels of access–I expect private would be used for discussion of webinars or workshops put on by WBA, and so on.
Plus side: Forums are convenient because message boards let us sort things topically and keep a history of discussion that can be easily reviewed. They can also be more private – no drive by snark and so on from ill-behaved netizens. Downside: it takes a little more effort on the user’s part to register and participate.
3. Facebook (Group and Fan Page). This would be a convenient discussion area for many, since so many hang out at FB. I’ve seen a lot of groups on FB with active discussion traffic, so clearly it’s working for some interest groups. It’s not the best way to organize info, but it’s good for quick hits of commentary on the fly when you happen to be online there.
Plus side: ease of use, and it’s where a lot of people hang out anyway. There’ll be incidental visitors there too (also interested in world building). On the down side, I know some G+ers refuse to use FB (they’ve even closed their accounts), and if there is a requirement to go there to talk about wb topics, they are less inclined to do so. Like a blog, also not optimized to manage discussion threads, but ease of access encourages more participation. (Does that balance out? Hm…)
I know there are other alternatives but for various reasons these are the approaches I need to focus on right now (or one of them, anyway).
In the Comments below, please let me know your thoughts on what would work best for you, and why.
(Or if you don’t care to comment on this blog, you’re always welcome to just send me an email to: worldbuilding [at] deborahchristian [dot] com)
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