Jon Kaplan responded to my request for bloggers with a 778-word essay about emerging from COVID winter 2020–2021 into a maskless spring, and we've been having a conversation via email about how to post it. He had some questions that you might have too, so I'm sharing here my response: Q: Will anybody be able to follow the blog once it's up (whether they are Korongo members or not)? A: Anybody can follow you by going to your profile page and clicking on "Follow." When you post something, followers get an email notification. Subscribers to the Korongo mailing list automatically receive email notifications for each new post to the Korongo Blog, no matter who writes it. I'm thinking about whether to continue that practice. Mary Anderson is now posting once a day, and people love following her, but that's a lot of emails. It would help if subscribers could be more selective.
Q: Is there any copyright protection having these posts out there? (I’m not overly concerned about that, but curious.) A: The only way to prevent people from reposting your blog posts, with or without permission or attribution, is not to publish them in the first place. Anybody can copy and paste.
FYI: The Korongo Blog is public--anybody can land on it, read it, and leave a comment. Editors can, however, disable commenting from unknown visitors, and even disable commenting from site members.
Q: The whole hashtag thing is new to me, so may need some help with that. A: Me, too! I'm learning about editing a website as I go. It's a different beast from a print publication, which is what I've spent the past forty-five years learning about.
The ultimate goal is to have an online writing community that mirrors what we did with Korongo when it was on Merchants Row. A writing community, in other words, that is based in a small town in Vermont. Although more and more of our activity is conducted online, we are still able to gather on the porch of the White River Craft Center for a poetry session, or go to Kimball Library for a writing workshop, or meet for coffee to discuss a piece of writing. That makes us special.
I want to keep the Korongo zine going, both as an e-zine and as a print publication, and our blog posts can help feed that beast. We simply take a sample, the best of the best, and put it together once or twice a year, dress it up, et voila: Our words, our lives, our thoughts, our dreams, in print.