The crocuses have popped out of the chilly soil in my front yard. Every year when this happens, I feel a little quickening, a surge of possibility. It’s rather corny, really, to see me scampering around the garden, exclaiming about the crocuses as if I’ve never seen them before. (Anyone who knows me well also knows I’m prone to fits of enthusiasm.) Luckily I have kids who jump right into the fray with me.
The point is, it’s a new year, and it’s time for Parent Hacks (the site) to reflect the amazing community it has become. Parent Hacks has grown to the point that my “email me and I’ll post your hack” setup isn’t doing us justice. (I’m sure those of you with hacks still waiting in my months-long queue or with emails sitting in my inbox will agree with me.)
And so, I have a revamp in mind that, while changing the overall format relatively little, will give you a bigger opportunity to participate and shine. I’m not talking about adding forums and calling it a day — I’m thinking about a full-fledged community site that is open to participation, and also maintains that Parent Hacks vibe and voice. Where you can post your own hacks and questions, comment on others’ hacks, and talk to each other. I (and hopefully some community editors!) would still approve and edit everything that appears on the home page, but this way, we’d all be freed from the Asha Email and Cut-and-Paste Bottleneck.
I could also do more of what I love to do — write and be a part of the conversation — and let the tools and technology handle some of the mechanics I’m currently running manually. I also recognize that as much as Parent Hacks is my baby, I don’t have a monopoly on good ideas — in parenting, or for the site. If we’ve learned anything over the last couple of years, it’s that our collective wisdom is so great.
But before I go much further, I’d LOVE your input. What do you think works now? What doesn’t? What’s your pie in the sky wish list for a new and improved Parent Hacks?
Photo by Andy Hay.