Nothing's set in stone; we would love your feedback. I've tagged everyone from before, if you don't want to be tagged again, let me know.
The plan is to spotlight writers proactively rather than retrospectively. So this won't be a highlight reel of what's already been posted on the site.
Our aim is to raise anticipation of readers, which feeds back into raising motivation on part of the featured writers.
We will not be acting as editors, neither in the grammatical or gate-keeping sense. We will maintain a roster of writers, create a rotating schedule that features individuals on that roster, and send the featured post in an email according to that schedule.
Let's say for example the roster is
Seun, Sara, Brandon, Keni, Brian, Jack
Then we would arrange a schedule and publish it so that everyone -- audience and writers -- can know what to expect. Let's say that schedule is:
Week 1 -- Featuring Jack
Week 2 -- Featuring Keni
Week 3 -- Featuring Sara
and so on..
This will allow writers plenty of time to craft their featured posts in time before their spotlight. It will be up to the writer themselves whether they want their feature to be public/protected/private or even a 200W post at all -- we are open to the option of having it strictly be an ordinary email. Brian and I will communicate with the featured writers beforehand so that all of that's sorted.
Brian suggested Friday as the recurring publishing day-- not this Friday obviously -- so let's just run with Friday for now. We can adjust the day later if Friday turns out not so good. So this means we'll want the featured writer to submit their feature before Friday morning (EST).
Topics will not be decided for you by default. You can write about whatever you want. However, if you prefers to crowdsource a list of topics, you're free to do that and you can even ask Brian or I to do this crowdsourcing for you.
In the end, we know it's hard to know where to begin when it comes to reading each others' posts. We would love to read every post by everyone on here. However, this is impossible... for what makes us have an interesting perspective to write at all comes not from us reading all day, but from the lives we live outside of reading.
However, even though we can't read every post by every writer on here, We know that we can definitely manage to read one post by a writer with our full concentration each week. And over the weeks, we'll then have all read at least one post by every writer.
So that's why we're organizing a spotlight. Give the writer a platform while spurring in the community, shared discourse.
Now the first order of business. Does anybody know that they would want for sure to be the first featured writer? Having their post featured next week Friday 8/2/2019 ?