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Happy first week birthday, Kossacks!  By now, I hope, you’ve put more than a toe in the DK4 waters and are feeling increasingly at home here.  It’s certainly a home that seems to have many more rooms than our old place at DK3!

Our room is the group, Readers & Book Lovers , which has to be known specifically as “Readers and Book Lovers" in the Groups List.  Something about the servers choking on symbols like ampersand, I guess.  Our nickname is R&BLers.  It’s probably a perfect time to request that if you ever write a diary for the group, or a diary from your own blog that you think might be pertinent to our purpose that the two tags you want to be sure to include are “Readers & Book Lovers," “R&BLers.” I think that writing diaries is the best way to enjoy the full DK4 experience.

About which, more.

Your experience in a group begins when you discover it among the list of all DK4 groups here.  You’ll notice that the list is sortable in a variety of ways.  Click on “Most Followed” and you’ll see R&BLers is the #2 most followed group on DK4 with over 300 followers as of this writing.

Now it’s time to select the group(s) with which you want to have the familiar (though minimum) DK3 experience.  Click on the group name, which takes you to its profile page where you’ll see a heart symbol by the name.  Click the heart and you’ve just become a Follower.  That puts all the diaries that are republished within that group into “My Stream” that you access from your personal profile page.  Now you can read, comment, rec, and rate just like in the old days.  It’s important to become a follower to get all your favorite diary series about books, reading, and writing that you looked for each week on DK3.

After you’ve been a Follower for awhile, and now enjoy that familiarized feeling, you may want to be more than a commenting conversationalist and become a Contributor.  That is, you may want to write the occasional diary for the group that will be read by all of us.  In that case, send me a message requesting to join, or you can think of it as becoming a member; however, the invitation I’ll issue you, will invite you to become a Contributor.

Once you’re a Contributor, you can write a diary from your personal profile page and REPUBLISH it to R&BLers.  That places your diary in the group queue where I, or another Administrator, will see it and schedule your work to appear on the blog.  At the time you republish, you can include a note in the pop-up menu with the day and time when you can babysit or be around to reply to commenters’ questions and remarks – that is, keep the discussion going.  We’ll do our best to publish your diary for all to see at that time.

Please keep in mind that for the present, I try to keep diary’s separated by a 2 hour interval.  This allows your diary sufficient “stage time” and doesn’t allow it to “step on the toes” of another diary.  You want to avoid requests for days and times that series installments occur; those won’t be available.

Now let’s suppose you notice that there’s no series on “The Private Lives of Contemporary Authors,” a subject you’re keenly interested in because you happen to live next door to an author (say J.D. Salinger before he died) whose life you find fascinating.  So fascinating that you think we’ll find it fascinating, too.  But there’s far too much to tell in a single diary.  It’s going to take at least three, maybe more.  Then it’s time you became a serial contributor to R&BLers, and that means it’s time to request an upgrade in your status to Editor.

Again, message me with your request, and include an outline of your proposal for your series.  Such things as estimated number of diaries, working titles for each, a brief synopsis of your series, and a desired day and time you wish it to appear need to be included.  Additionally, if you have lined up someone else to write diaries about their aunt, the well-know writer or sci-fi/fantasy novels, Ursula K. LeGuin, include their name(s).  You are now co-hosting a series and both of you will be made Editors as long as you’ve first been Followers and joined with Contributor status.

When you are an Editor, you write diaries just like before, but when you republish them to R&BLers, you will select the third option from the menu under Publication Management – publish to R&BLers first, then, at a later time,  to your own personal blog.  This will you save you unnecessary work because your diary is directed automatically to two places at slightly different times with only one command from you.

As before, your diary enters the R&BLers queue.  The difference is, as Editor, you can schedule its appearance (as previously agreed) without the need for an Administrator to do it for you.  Each co-host, because of his/her Editor status, has the same privilege.  You can queue, schedule, edit queued diaries, and read private messages sent to the group.

There’s only one step up in the hierarchy of group management and that’s upgrading status to an Administrator.  Currently, R&BLers has two active Admins, me and cfk.  plf515 has Admin status but is not active.  Consequently, we’re looking for 1 or 2 additional Admins.  

If you’d like to become an R&BLer Admin, here’s what you’ll have to do:
1) Write a series, or be a regularly featured diarist on unrelated but pertinent subjects;
2) Have been a Kossack long enough so that you have a body of work that can be reviewed;
3) Consult with me and cfk in order to keep the lines of communication open and to keep all of us on the same page;
4) Cull the Diaries List for pertinent work appropriate for the group by following tags that you think will help you “catch” them, and republish them to the group;
4) Scope out the wider DK4 world for candidate Followers/Contributors who may not have found us yet, or who may be non-diarists that you think need to become diarists because you believe they have a p.o.v. that will enrich R&BLers;
5) Know your commitments elsewhere so that you can confidently meet the commitment of time to be an Admin here.

The job is not onerous  – it was at the beginning of the week, but I’ve noticed it’s much easier now.

My goal for R&BLers is to broaden the participation, increase the number of voices, and provide richer content in order to keep it vibrant, dynamic, and growing.  I think I can better achieve that by looking for a couple more Admins.  Truthfully, having additional Admins helps guarantee seamless function of the group in the absence of one or more of us for whatever reason.  All organizations need a head.  Fortunately, we can make them interchangeable if several Admins function as one.

If you’re interested in the job, or if you’d like to nominate someone from the group, please message me.  Thanks, everyone.  Let’s go forward and make this the most welcoming group on DK4.

I’d like to hear your ideas for diary topics/series you’d like to see at R&BLers.  Here are a few to get you started.  All they need is for a contributor, or team of contributors to take on the mantle of Editor to “make them so.”  Of course, remember that you can write the “occasional” diary on any topic pertinent to the R&BLer mission without the need to become an editor.

Political non-fiction
Critical Essays

E-Readers & Kindle Korner (I see this as a co-hosted, on-going regular series)
Movies from Books
The Play’s the Thing
Poet’s Place
Supporting Literacy: Programs, Libraries, & Book Stores

Please message me if you want to take on any of these babies in a regular fashion.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

    by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:00:03 AM PST

  •  I love your ideas (9+ / 0-)

    for series, esp. SF & Fantasy and The Play's the Thing.

    Movies from Books sounds promising too.

    I'm afraid I'm more likely to be in the "occasional" contributor category, though.

    Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

    by Youffraita on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:09:24 AM PST

    •  Good! (4+ / 0-)
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      bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose, cfk

      Would you consider writing a diary for one of those categories?  It's not necessary to immediately start a series; in fact, your diary might prompt someone to write one, too and voila!  A series is born.

      "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

      by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:48:06 AM PST

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  •  Congratulations (6+ / 0-)
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    bink, RunawayRose, Limelite, cfk, inHI, Mariken

    this is the BEST diary I have yet read explaining how a group works.  I realize not everyone will want their groups to work exactly this way but this seems to be the most logical way for an ordinary Group to run.

    One thing I like about being only a Follower and regular reader/commenter is that I always have the option to write a Diary about a book I'm reading and then letting a Group Contributor know about it (either by proper tagging or a message) and then THEY can republish it to the Group if they think it is appropriate.  For the person who has been only the VERY occasional diarist in the past and who doesn't really expect to do more than read and comment, that seems best for me.

    •  True (4+ / 0-)
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      maryb2004, RunawayRose, 88kathy, cfk

      but isn't it more efficient to let an admin know? We can republish your diaries for you w/o you having to change your status.  And schedule them advantageously, besides.  A contributor can't do that.

      Put the tag(s) that I follow, for instance, in your tag box (ck. my personal profile page to see the list of tags I follwow); I'll see your diary in my stream; notice that it's a good fit for the group; I'll send you a note that it will appear on the group blog at a certain time, and we're in business.

      "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

      by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:53:05 AM PST

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  •  well said...thank you! (5+ / 0-)
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    bink, RunawayRose, 88kathy, Limelite, inHI

    I will save this addy and I will put it up at Bookflurries: Bookchat, too, in case new people drop by.  

    I realize that I won't really need to do the diaries of the week at Bookflurries anymore unless they are way off topic.

    But I might anyway, again because of new people.

    Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:18:25 AM PST

    •  By Selecting the 3rd Option (4+ / 0-)
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      bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose, cfk

      that pops up after you click publication management when your draft is ready to go, your diary will appear both here and on your personal blog automatically.

      There will be a slight lag before it appears on your personal blog.

      Does that sound good?

      Of course, diaries you write on unrelated to books topics, and that you want to go out into DK4 under your name only but not appear here wouldn't have any pertinent tags, or be Bookflurries diaries.

      Those you'd simply publish using option 1, I believe.  

      "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

      by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:14:58 AM PST

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      •  yes, i was thinking (2+ / 0-)
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        RunawayRose, Limelite

        of the list I put up each week of diaries from the past week and of course they were almost always cold.

        Some are for music, but many were about books.

        I guess I will still do it for those who haven't followed us and for new people, but it is less needed now which is a good thing.  Best to get the diaries hot off the press. :)

        Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

        by cfk on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 01:19:23 PM PST

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  •  Best Sellers? Award Winners? (5+ / 0-)
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    bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose, Limelite, cfk

    Right now I am struggling with The Slap Christos Tsiolkas.  I like the idea for the book, but like Run Rabbit Run some things he chooses to notice are not the same things I would notice.  Still I am slogging through it.

    Just finished Little Bee.  As some one here said I could wallow in that one.  Is his next book as good?

    What about Cutting for Stone?

    Any thoughts on Borders closing?  Can you read Kindle in the dark?  I know you can read it at the beach, but do those little lighty things (kindle kandle) work for reading in bed?

    I like the idea of being able to annotate text in the Kindle, but what if I want to print my notes?  Why can't I get a Dvorak keyboard?  I do need a touch screen.  I think the ebook isn't quite ready for my prime time.  But I am watching it.

    •  Absolutely! Great Idea! (5+ / 0-)
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      bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose, 88kathy, cfk

      Gee -- it's a series I'd like to share the co-hosting duties with. . .You?

      I've read both the books you mention and was floored by their power and the humanity.  Sorry, can't answer in re next after Little Bee.


      I want the Dvorak keyboard, too -- said so to Spouse the day after I started using it!

      "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

      by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:56:30 AM PST

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      •  Maybe I could host. (4+ / 0-)
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        bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose, Limelite

        I am very comfortable commenting.   I would be willing to give it a try as assistant host?  

        •  Why Don't You Be Host (3+ / 0-)
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          bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose

          and if you like, I'll do an occasional diary in the series upon your specific request?

          I say this because I don't want to become the primary -- as in monopolizing -- voice here.

          If you prefer, at first, we can get the series going in tandem, coequally, until you're comfortable.  But I'll drop out to a degree after say, I do 2 diaries.  You would hunt up someone else to share the hosting duties, or carry on solo.  Whatever you wish.

          Does that sound good?  Please send me a msg, tell me what you think, and let's get the ball rolling.

          "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

          by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:19:33 AM PST

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    •  Please See (3+ / 0-)
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      bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose

      bink's diary for answer to your Kindle question.


      "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

      by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:27:36 AM PST

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  •  This is GREAT! (3+ / 0-)
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    The explanation I've been looking for.

    Technical question:

    In writing a diary, how does one put in a link to the book that names the book without the "http//www.."  ?

  •  I second the motion for SF & Fantasy (6+ / 0-)
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    bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose, 88kathy, Limelite, cfk

    Also Mysteries and/or Historical Fiction.  

    It would also be fun to have the occasional "books so bad they're great" post, for stuff that is, by any objective standard, terrible, but still fun/funny/entertaining.  

    •  Good, Good (3+ / 0-)
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      bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose

      Yes to all you say.  Will you write a diary on either Mysteries, Hist. Fic., or So Bad It's Good Fun?  You can do that w/o becoming a Contributor if you'll tag it, msg me to BOLO for it, and I'll do the rest.

      Or, you can upgrade your status.

      "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

      by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:01:47 AM PST

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    •  Mysteries Rule is this week's theme (3+ / 0-)
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      bink, RunawayRose, Limelite

      at Bookflurries: Bookchat.

      I realize that if we have weekly diaries for each genre, there won't be much need for Bookflurries...but oh, well.  

      Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:02:56 AM PST

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      •  Oh -- Not at All! (4+ / 0-)
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        bink, maryb2004, RunawayRose, Ellid

        Bookflurries specializes in floating a variety of literary themes.  We need that.

        It at least can stimulate regular series to get started, or individual diaries can be inspired in response to a Bookflurries diary.

        Never think Bookflurries isn't the core around which the idea for this group came to be, or that we'll ever be L&BLers without Bookflurries.

        "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

        by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:23:21 AM PST

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      •  Are you kidding? (5+ / 0-)
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        bink, RunawayRose, Limelite, cfk, Ellid

        I think Bookflurries will be more essential than ever.  It is Group Talk and people will get ideas for individual diaries and series from talking to ALL booklovers.  

        You cover a wide range of genres and authors in BookFlurries.  I might skip over a series of SF diaries because I think I'm not intnerested in SF, but if you focus on  SF one week the discussion might make me give it a try.  

        I love Bookflurries.  For almost 2 years, when very little at DKos appealed to me, Bookflurries was what kept me coming back. Don't be talking about not doing it.

  •  Sounds cool! (3+ / 0-)
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    bink, RunawayRose, Limelite

    Because I need something relatively light (with schoolwork and all) I've been reading a fair amount of fantasy series. I have to say it would be fun to offer my analysis of some of them.

    I wrap up my degree in a few weeks (hopefully!). Let me know when this gets off the ground and I'll be there!

    All stressed out and no one to choke. -6.00, -6.31

    by billssha on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 12:03:43 PM PST

  •  Romance. (2+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, Limelite

    I remember reading a pretty good diary about romance novels here, I wonder if whoever wrote that would be willing to do a regular series.

    Experimental--or something. I'm still stalking pico and trying to get him to at least repost his old Literature of Kossacks series in Ramblers.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 12:50:44 PM PST

    •  Happy Hunting (1+ / 0-)
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      Hope you nab your prey!

      Romance and experimental not areas I feel competent to write about.  Much too thinly read in either category.

      How about yourself -- might you write on either topic for us in any way -- casual, mini-series, series?

      "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

      by Limelite on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 01:24:29 PM PST

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      •  I'm trying to (1+ / 0-)
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        focus all my writing on money right now. Somewhere along the line, I forgot to learn a marketable skill ...

        "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

        by GussieFN on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 01:52:31 PM PST

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