Re: Official Poll - Nov/Dec 2003 Book of the Month(s)
Sometimes making decisions around here can be extremely difficult. Everyone is not going to be happy everytime. Here is the problem. Out of 105 registered members we only see about 5 - 7 show up for the Thursday night chats, and then perhaps 10 post on the forums on a regular basis. So I am not able to get much feedback when it comes time to make a decision. Picking books to go on the poll is one example of a decision that has to be made every 2 months. It so happens that I did not pick any of these 3 books myself. The people that attended the chat session Thursday discussed it and they picked them.
I did, however, strongly suggest we get away from science for one reading period and pick something a bit more universally appealing. As the owner of this community I have some responsibility that members don't really have to face. My responsibility is to do everything possible to make this community grow and prosper. Lately, we have had very little
activity on the boards and in the chat room. This scares me. We are attracting big name guests to our chat room, yet we are not motivating enough people to join and contribute on the boards.
It might interest you to know that I am a registered Republican. How do you think I feel about possibly reading a book by a liberal? I'll tell you. I feel like it will help make me a more well-rounded person. I also think I'll probably get pretty frustrated at some of what I read in the book and on the boards, and this could stimulate conversation. We need some controversy around here. Right now we all seem to be agreeing with what we are reading.
All three of those books are on the NY Times bestseller list. If there was a good book by a Republican it could be one of our choices. But don't shy away from reading a book because it doesn't mesh with your existing belief system. Heck, you and I could probably have a great deal of fun with this next reading period.
Please put yourself in my shoes. We desperately need to attract some new blood to this community. It isn't like the community is dying, but we are rather stagnant. Every time I contact an author to be our guest I am sweating bullets. Fortunately, they have all been gracious enough to accept our invitation. But think about it - we have 33 posts only in "The Red Queen" forum and we are over an entire month into the reading period. The fact is we are defining our community so narrowly that we are scaring away most visitors. Wouldn't it be fun to introduce a few more dozen members over the next couple months? Think about how the community would benefit with more members.
That is the bottom line. The selections on the poll this time are designed to be a bit more appealing to the masses. While we do not want to attract the wrong crowd, we also must be careful to not focus on just science books and exclude 99% of the world.
I hope this explanation helps. This response is as lengthy as it is because I hate to see comments such as, "I'm worried; the quality of the choices just don't seem up to standard."
All of these books made the NY Times bestseller list. I don't like to see members unhappy or dissatisfied. I really thought most members would be excited by this new poll.Chris "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,for there you have been, and there you will always want to be."