What we can do together...
Many of you know me, many of you don't. I am gg; I founded this place. Before this I was a journalist -- a writer and editor, sometimes both -- and towards the end of my 33-year career, I was the human dart board in charge of getting the newspaper out each day. It was fun stuff. I got to ask people lots of questions. My specialty was the long story, the one that took weeks or months to put together. Usually it involved several or dozens of other journalists.
I love working for you here at Young Writers Project, too. And I have not forgotten how to question. Lately I've had a lot of them: 'How we can make this site more vibrant -- a massively enthusiastic exchange of comments and feedback and creativity bouncing off each other?' 'How we can challenge you more to go deeper with your ideas? How we can wrench a little time from your wanderings on FB and Tumblr and other virtual hangouts so you can build a stronger community here?
I was recently in Chicago at a three-day conference with some of the best and brightest in the country in the field of digital media, learning and activism. Another question emerged: How we can connect you to youths around the country, youths whose experiences are so different, you can easily say they live in a different world? Want to see just how different their worlds are? GO HERE to listen to This American Life podcasts. (Warning: Very powerful radio news story. Very much worth listening to.)
My conversations in Chicago with youths and activists and digital media experts from San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit ... has spurred me to take action here, in this community. We have begun conversations on how we best to connect you with them. We are opening our Burlington headquarters for Drop-In Hours during the weekdays (translation: random creative fun and sharing after school). We are planning workshops and online challenges/tutorials. We plan a Commenting Blitz and a few temporary changes to help gently persuade you to help out your creative peers. We plan some challenges -- with or without M&M rewards.
But to do all this, we need you. We always need your suggestions on how to make this site better. We need you to react, or to oblige or to lead on some upcoming initiatives. If you are interested in helping us help you help the creative risk takers on this site, comment below. Or send me an email or launch a carrier pigeon our way. But REACT!