If you've been hanging around here a while, you probably know that I've been making noises for years about adding community features to Parent Hacks. The goal: to open things up so YOU can ask questions and start conversations.
Parent Hacks is, in essence, a community blog in that most of the content and value comes from you. But you've also told me that coming here feels a lot different than hanging out in a forum or a wiki — the fact that there's someone steering the boat makes a big difference in quality, tone, and good mojo. Which I appreciate because, you know, I like it here.
For this reason, a forum has never appealed to me. It feels too separate from the blog. I've toyed with turning PH into a social networking space so each of you could have accounts and personal pages, but the back-end logistics are big enough that it's not a realistic project for me right now.
The good thing about doing nothing is that technology often poses a possible answer if you just wait long enough. Given that many of us are already talking on Twitter and Facebook, we could simply do our Parent Hacks talking there. Or I could beef up the comments with a plug-in like Disqus. But before we get into the tools, I'd like to ask you this:
Where and how would you like to talk to other Parenthackers? Are you happy commenting on posts here, or do you wish YOU could initiate conversations? Are you a Twitter or Facebook user? Would you like to see more user-submitted questions to the group (also known as "Talk Amongst Yourselves" posts)? Or do you like the level of conversation as it is?
Leave a comment here and let's talk a bit more. I've got ideas, but I'd like to hear from you first!