Reaching the Goal and Beyond
Vernon M. Herron
This is blog number 100. It indicates that 100 blogs have been written with the help of guest writers over a period of one year. Many disciplines went into the mix for thought development, sentence construction, showing training, experience and exposure in English, Seminary, Genealogy, History, Grantsmanship, fraternal life, strategic planning, family life, church life, political-social-economical life, travel and death experiences. These disciplines are the sum total of who I am in body, attitude, aptitude and spirit.
Initially, we had hoped to publish the first 50 blogs in a compiled book form but that objective was not realized. The goal was extended to blog 100 and then publish. So here we are. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This we did. For those of you who registered a desire for a book, you will receive information on how to obtain the same soon.
Blog writing was not a monolithic enterprise. It was a group effort, including input received from Alexander and his mother Leila Waters, Barbara Hendricks, Ione Vargus, Constance Dillon, Joseph Burton, Steve Johnston, Donnell Sheppard, William Youngblood, guest writers, public library, local churches and other sources for which I thank you.
Initially, I edited a Class Newsletter for the Charlotte Second Ward High School Class of ’47. After that stint, it was Joe Burton’s introduction to the blogging idea which captured my fantasy. I shall long remember, how the inspiration for blog writing came to me upon rising in the morning with blog subjects, body development and clues for the final touch. As stated earlier, we have reached the goal of producing 100 blogs. That process has helped this writer mentally, socially and intellectually; some constructive and innovative movements replaced floundering strategies; senior citizen moments were challenged; new friends were made; fresh ideas were created; and life’s experiences became relevant and germane.
Let us all think through the next step for blogging. I will initiate model one. You are free to add or subtract from the model The new blogging idea suggests a CONSORTIUM of COMMENTATORS. (C/ C).
Consortium: An agreement, combination or group formed to undertake anenterprise beyond the resources of any one member.
Commentator: One who gives a commentary by discussion.
Of people who have computers, form a participatory e-mail group of commentators whose mission it would be to review selected “Herron Speaks” blogs by critiquing and evaluating the same for further dialogue and review. This could be stimulating.
Consortium in Operation
(Let us assume that 50 persons compose the c/c.)
1. Each c/c would receive a number, which would be your badge of identification.
2. Each c/c would receive a roster of committed numbers, names and e-mail addresses, which would comprise your c/c file.
3. Each week, a previous published blog will be selected and sent to you as ‘the blog of the week’ for critiquing. When that is done, your comments are sent on to your entire file, only when your number appears. (This may require several weeks, depending on the number participating.)
4. Once you have received a response from all c/c, then the process would repeat itself with another selected c/c number and a previous blog.
Would you be interested in becoming a c/c? If so, register your interest with me, which will start the process only after we dispense with the book idea.