Some might say that 11 comments (at the last count) might not be much. We don't have a target for "number of comments per post". It's really about the quality of the discussion.
'L's' post led to more related posts. I decided to just trace the path out of curiosity:
- Here's the post from 'L', on Neil Gaiman's "Stardust";
- Which reminded me I've also read one of Neil Gaiman's book and I decided to submit this;
- Then my colleague, Jillian, followed-up with this post.
Is this the "Long Tail" effect in action?
There's no 100% reliable way to track how many people have read the Neil Gaiman posts (I think there's a MT plug-in but apparently it's not 100% accurate), and certainly no way to determine if any Neil Gaiman books borrowed from the library resulted from people reading those posts. I wish there was a cheap and efficient way to track this.
An idea came to mind as I'm blogging this post:
- Create a e-mail list for High Browse Online (use a free one like Googlegroups or Yahoogroups);
- Purpose of the email list is to keep subscribers informed of selected posts (i.e. book recommendations), and also discussions in the book blog;
- An email could be sent on a weekly basis (I'm thinking Fridays, so that timing-wise, members might be more inclined to visit the library on a Saturday or Sunday);
- Volunteers could run and manage this e-mail list, rather than library staff;
- Rather than dictate how the list is managed, library staff (e.g. members of the book blog editorial team) could serve in an advisory capacity. I think chances of the list being abused is minimal;
- The library could allocate a few tens of dollars to help the volunteers publicise the list and/ or organise the occasional meet-up.
Just how feasible is this idea, I wonder? Any takers? :)
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