Regarding the “dailyish” select digest of forum threads. I really appreciate Permies and the dailyish digest of threads that may be of interest to forum members. It is a good idea to keep people interested as well as you offering some commentary as interest people in forum threads they may not have noticed. - an In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) movement . Here’s why I am writing.
I am an admin and moderator of several forums unrelated to permaculture and I am always looking for better ways to keep people engaged and mining gems (threads) that are relevant and interesting. Would you mind giving me a little review about how you go about your creation of a dailyish digest? As few comments that you can offer is fine, I’ll take what I can get and hopefully find a way to return the favor.
Basically, we have a bunch of volunteers that find threads that they are interested and think others might be interested in. These can be old threads, new threads, threads related to one another, or not. We also throw in official announcements into the dailyish, too.
Our basic format is to start with a short intro "paragraph," which is usually just 1 or 2 sentences introducing of the writer saying what that dailyish is about.
That's followed by 3-5 links. We say a sentence or two about each--we try to keep it to a few words so it's really easy for people to easily skim through it, but we don't require it to be short. Sometimes it makes more sense to describe the link with a few sentences. These links can be about interesting threads, relevant happenings, cool things people might want to support, giveaways, etc.
Then we end with a generally-automated "silly ad." We have a lot of fun, silly lines that our emailer picks from, and a bunch of ads (both from those that buy thread boost, as well as for official stuff that helps keeps permies running).
And that's it!
We try to keep it simple, and really open. We want the volunteers to talk about what they are passionate and interested in. We figure if they're interested in it, other permies will be, too! And, by having a lot of volunteers, there's something for everyone. Maybe you like threads about cooking--well, you'll probably love Anne's writing! Maybe gardening is something you're more interested it? Then Steve and Daron have you covered! Maybe you want to learn homesteading skills through our PEP curriculum? Tune in for Ash's dailyishes! We all write about all sorts of things, but we do have our favorite subjects. We always welcome more volunteers (any Pollinator on permies is more than welcome to both submit threads to the dailyish, as well as write dailyishes).
I think having it lead by volunteers really makes the dailyish what it is. It's a piece of our community, written by our community, for our community. I love it!