I sometimes struggle with long term projects that require self disciplne. I’ve started and forgotten more blogs than I care to mention. This one, however, I’ve stuck to, is growing, and seems to have developed some staying power.
The first post, What is a Folk School, was posted back in May of 2009. Since then we’ve discussed Folk School development, concerts and music, our associated artists, my artwork, Folk School programing, the role of folk culture in our communities, travel and educational philosophy.
Over the past 10 months, or so, our readership has grown tremendously. In our first month we had about 250 visits. I got lazy and this sank to 130. Since then we’ve been growing and expect over 700 visits in February. This isn’t huge by blog standards. You can’t even attract real advertisers with under 3000 visits a month. That’s fine with me. I didn’t set out to discuss popular topics. That fact that people bookmark the blog and return periodically is what’s important.
My only regret in this effort is that there isn’t much dialog. My topics aren’t provocative, but I’d love to know you’re out there, what you think and what you’d like to read or see more about. it only takes a moment to leave a comment.
In order to give a bit of incentive to developing dialog, gain some idea about who is reading and to celebrate Post 100 I am organizing a bit of a contest. (As an educator I have problems with offering artificial extrinsic rewards to direct behaviors. I should be looking at ways to frame my writing to elicit responses..but…this is just for fun.)
I’m offering a carved Grosbeak. It’s one of the 50 Little Birds For Blue Stone Folk School. My style has developed quite a bit since I carved this bird so it will be a valuable first generation collectors’ item (Tongue firmly planted in cheek). I would love to give this guy to a good home. Don’t worry, the Folk School won’t suffer its loss, I’ll replace it with a newer carving. We’ll also throw in a few neat things around the shop and Folk School.
Here are the rules…
1) You have to post a comment here. Try to say something interesting. You won’t be judged by your comments. I just don’t want a long list of “Gime the Bird”. Perhaps a dialog will develop.
2) Watch the comments. When the thread looks like its about to die, post again.
3) The last posting when the thread dies will get the bird. The thread will be determined to be dead when it has not been updated for 24 hours. I’m not glues to the computer and I have a job, so give me a bit of leeway here.
Don’t post your address until we are finished. I will contact the “winner” for that sort of information when we’re finished.
How long can we keep this up? the weekend? The week? I’ve no idea.
Have at it.