Let's call a spade a spade: I'm a terrible blogger. Or at least, I've found the demands of a (young) family and (merciless) book to be incompatible with the kind of constant attention a healthy blog requires. The predictable response is that traffic fell off last year while I concentrated my efforts on the book at the expense of the blog.
While I look forward to putting the blog back on the front burner in a few weeks when I've given my publisher final changes to my book, that will be too late to make my own little crowdsourcing experiment a success (For late arrivals, this consists of publishing excerpts of the book on this blog, then collecting the most incisive, witty and informative of the resulting comments in an appendix that will be published in my upcoming Crowdsourcing Book). The problem: Too few comments and, more to the point, too few commenters. This is a shame because I'm confident that given enough eyeballs this limited but, to my mind, significant act of crowdsourcing would constitute a nifty new model of book publishing. Why, in this age of instantaneous publishing, should critics wait until the publication of the book to make their views known? Wouldn't the reader be better served by being able to encounter multiple viewpoints in one handy volume? Or at least that's my three-quarter-baked idea.
At any rate, I'm not only asking you to start reading and writing on crowdsourcing.com, but also to spread the word. I know at least a few of my regular readers write influential blogs of their own. If you support my effort or even—especially—if you think my ideas deserve a good old fashioned literary beat down, lend me a hand.