Before I get to EMUTalk news, just a quick shout-out to the graduates and their families enjoying commencement today, probably about as I type this. Congratulations! Do EMU proud in whatever you decide to do next!
Anyway, back to my point: as I announced back in February, I’ve decided to wind down EMUTalk by this September. There are a lot of reasons for this, but besides being a bit of a time suck and expense for me (not a huge time suck or expense, but still), I kind of felt like it just became too much of me me ME here. I already have a blog where I spout off about me me ME; I wanted this to be more of a community with lots of voices. Sure, that happens in the comments, but I was hoping it would happen more with the discussions too.
At the same time, I realize that there really is a space– maybe even a need– for a forum for conversations like this, and I didn’t want to completely abandon/leave the chances to share things with the community behind. So I decided to set up a Facebook group– here is a link to it.
I’m still trying to get the hang of how Facebook groups work, but I am pretty sure that I’ve set it up so that it is a “public” group that anyone can join, anyone can write a post, and anyone can comment. If you have a hard time joining for some reason, let me know and I’ll try to set it up. It’s also a group that can easily have multiple administrators. Administrators have the power to do things like change the pictures/headers, add more about the group description, and do some policing in the form of removing abusive posts and blocking/removing administrators. If you want to be a group administrator, let me know and I’ll set you up with that.
I think the Facebook group offers some interesting disadvantages and advantages over the blog set-up. The two biggest disadvantages as I see it is it’s not possible to post things anonymously (though that might be an advantage too) and (obviously) you have to be on Facebook. I like Facebook– I’m on it all the time– but I am very aware of the privacy issues and the other concerns people have about the interface, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some regular readers and posters here are unwilling and unable to participate in that new forum.
But I also think this offers some definite advantages, too. For starters, just about everyone I know has a Facebook account, even if they don’t want to admit it, which means that you’ll still have access. Second, it is A LOT easier for people to post things here to share for interest and/or for discussion. In other words, this is about as close to a completely open community discussion board as we’re going to get. And third, this pretty much will run itself (I think).
So go join that group!