Last week Affable Geek asked, Should Eschewmenical be seeking non-Christian entries? There was no consensus, as far as I could tell, except for a general agreement that we don't see much disagreement.
Meanwhile, it's getting difficult to recruit writers to fill the four weeks. As of now, we still don't have an author for August 27. So I'm going to ask the question behind Affable Geek's question, Do we need to do something different with the blog?
Just brainstorming, I can think of several directions we could go:
- Keep things as they are, have patience while it builds momentum, and then years from now reminisce about the good old days when we couldn't find enough authors and we thought the blog would die and so would the site.
- Add non-Christian writers, as Affable Geek suggested.
- Focus less on doctrine and more on social issues, where we are more likely to disagree. The contraception topic generated a lot of discussion. (This might entail going against the majority vote, but nobody ever said the internet was a democracy.)
- Change the format to something like a debate. Give each author a paragraph or two to summarize their views on the subject, combine them all for the first week's post, then have us respond to each other in subsequent posts. (This might be more work for each writer, or it might mean we don't all participate in every topic.)
- Commit to leaving incendiary comments on each others' posts, to get the discussion going. (I didn't say all the options were good. It's a brainstorm.)
Any thoughts? Do we need to shake things up?