Things have been going extremely well on the mutual guest blogging project. Thus far we've got acceptances from Jill Tubman from Jack and Jill Politics, Pam Spaulding from Pam's House Blend, and Sara Robinson from Orcinus. The idea's steadily improved, and response has been consistently positive. It seems to me like we're on track for a major success. (Additional details below; invitation list and discussion here.)
We'll be going live the week of June 30, with a sequence like the following:
on Monday, June 30, an intro teaser post, restating the idea, and introducing the bloggers
also on Monday, kick off the additional nominations" voting/discussion. sb, who's helping with this, observes this is likely to be somewhat incendiary -- some of the blogs, bloggers, and perspectives that have been nominated are very polarizing. So it should be a great way of ramping up energy and interest.
on Wednesday, July 2, posts from the guests on OpenLeft; post from OpenLefties on the other blogs
also on Wednesday a "nexus" (aka "mothership") post with links. Aviva, who's helping with this, suggested a great refinement to Paul Rosenberg's initial idea here: comments on this post will allow others not originally invited to include themselves.
After that, there are likely to be some followup posts from the guests and OpenLefties over the next ten days -- with the winners of the "additional nominee" voting potentially joining in for the week of July 7 (depending on how the initial guest bloggers feel about that).
As Pam suggested, we'll be using tagging to make it easy to find all the posts here on OpenLeft and elsewhere. We're still looking for a clever tag name; suggestions, please!
After that, we have a lot of great suggestions for additional topics. If there's enough interest and energy to take this ahead, I recommend kicking off a nomination thread next week with a twist: people can only nominate a topic if they agree to drive the implementation if it's selected. The underlying thinking here is that this self-selects for which topics are of sufficient interest that people will actually take action.
Assuming we want to continue the process, that is. The planning so far has involved several front-page posts, and there will be a lot more going forward.
Is this a good use of the valuable OpenLeft front-page "screen real estate"? I've included a poll; please vote, and also add your opinions in the comments.
Should we continue the mutual guest-blogging experiment?