I apologize for this breach in protocol. Each of us has a scheduled day to post and mine has already passed for the month, but I wanted to jump in quick before the next scheduled entry and ask a question.
What do you want from 1) an AML blogger in general, and 2) me as an individual AML blogger?
I admit freely to having between litte and no clue as to what I’m doing here, but I am flattered that they asked. I’d really like to do a good job at this, but I’m not quite sure how to do that.
Are you interested in personal vignettes and observations? Is cultural exploration in general okay, or should we keep it focused specifically to literature? Would you like to see more reviews of authors, works, and publishing venues? Discussions of literary theory? Explorations of social issues or historical analysis? News of a particular genre or marketing category?
I know the general guidelines are fairly broad and the goal is to keep it Mormon and steer clear of doctrine and politics, with few other limitations. But my question is more about what you want than what is permitted.
Because the fact is that I have always been a better responsive writer than an innovative one. I react to something I’ve seen or read, or what someone else has said. I attempt to represent an opposing view when I think it’s not being considered. I attempt to answer a question (or at least explore it) that I’ve seen in other conversations.
I suppose I’m asking for suggestions, because the general thinness of response here suggests that in general we’re not effectively engaging a readership–or at least not engaging a conversation. If the intent is not to engage conversation but primarily to provide interesting reading material, I’m fine with that. But I’d still like some ideas on the kinds of things you’d like to read about so I can more effectively meet expectations.
Basically, I’m trying to figure out what success looks like. Your input is appreciated.
I now return you to your regular programming.