First, just to say that this isn't me saying something in any official (non-committee role) capacity - it's just me making a suggestion as an ordinary member.
It's been drawn to my attention that the BFS online writing critique group, Whirlpool, kind of fizzled out. Someone has asked about the possibility of getting it up and running again. Plus, on another thread, Stephen has, of course, kindly set up the reviews ebook, Shelflings, and suggested that other members could get involved with volunteering for things like that if there's something they fancy doing for the BFS. So, this is a follow on from all that ...
Basically, I thought I'd round up some ideas for things folk here might like to volunteer to do (without the need to actually be a committee member). Personally, I reckon the best way for the BFS to do things which its members really want is for those members to take it on themselves to do it! If a few more people volunteered to do a few more things, we could really get things moving here.
As metioned above, whirlpool has faltered. Now, if the members really do want a BFS-only online writing group we need someone who could run this. The section on the forum is all there ready - it just needs someone to run it (Jen, who was doing it previously, has too much else on at the moment she tells me) and lots of people to make use of it.
2. LOCAL BFS EVENTS in your neighbourhood
As has been mentioned here many times before, if anyone wants to set up a BFS open evening in their area then Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org
) can help with this. Did I see someone somewhere mention the possibility of a Welsh one recently?
3. SOMEONE TO HELP ME WITH POSTING EVENTS ON THE EVENTS CALENDAR
I'm struggling a bit here with workload. Until Del resigned, he was putting a lot of events on the calendar he'd set up. But now it means double the work for me - I'm struggling to source and post news, let alone source and post events, and I don't know if the new webmaster will be able to help with that like Del did. So, if anyone wants to help me by seeking out events and posting them on the website, please email me at email@example.com
and I'll get in touch with the committee and see if we can sort something out
4. ANYTHING ELSE?
As has been mentioned on Stephen's Shelflings thread, there are a few ideas for other e-publications people might like to set up (it would all have to be agreed with the committee, of course). And is there anything else anyone here might fancy volunteering for? If you've got a great idea, post it here - or get in touch with a relevant person on the committee to see what they think of it (or email me and I'll go and hassle someone about it