Well, everything has its season, and RealPagan's chat community has been at a bit of a lull for a while now. I like to think of it as a sort of winter, really - things slow down, the sap freezes up, critters climb into someplace warm to hibernate and the world gets still and quiet for a while.
Of course, the best thing about winter, in my mind, is that spring always follows.
With that in mind, we would like to announce our new Fireside Chat Nights! In an effort to get folks chatting on the site again, and to get some conversation about the sort of things people want to talk about, but might not necessarily know who to talk about it to, the mods and admins of RealPagan have decided to host chat sessions during some evenings of the week.
Each of these nights will be attended and organized by one or more of the mods, including a specific topic. We'll do our best to make sure that there are plenty of folks there, including people who know about that topic, but ultimately, we're all just here to chat a bit about it, throw in some of our own opinions and conjecture about it, and in general dig our teeth into the subject at hand. It's a chance to share what you know, and learn about something you don't.
In the next couple of weeks, we'll be announcing the nights that these chats will be held on. They're going to be based on mod availability, but we'll make sure to try and choose evenings when people can be around, and make sure that we announce them in plenty of time beforehand.
What we need from you guys is simple: We need Topics!
What do you want to chat about? Got any topics that you'd like to see discussed, or that you'd like to take part in discussing? Please reply to this thread with some of your Topic suggestions, and we'll go through with the mods (and possibly some "guest hosts") and see who wants to host what, and then go from there.
Sound good? Great! Looking forward to seeing everyone in chat!
I think this is a great idea! I'll have a think of any topics that might spark some chat.
Also, Like Seran Haf said, I hope that the times would be good for those in other parts like the UK as well. I would very much like to join in, but the time zones might make it difficult.
We will certainly do our best to be accommodating regarding the time, but we're also going to have to be flexible - these are being done as mods have the opportunity to do them, after all.
That said, there is nothing to prevent anyone from posting their own Fireside Chat times and topics, and inviting everyone to get together in the chat during times that are good for them. In fact, we encourage it!
Well, I think that it's summer and that winter will bring people inside and more available to chat, myself ;)
I know that it is the case for me. I need to finish summer vacation, yes I am looking forward to the end of vacation to get some personal stuff done instead of taking care of everyone else's, then there will be the terrible transition to back to school scheduling and somewhere mid-september I will be super roaded (french expression meaning got into the groove) and will love to chat! :)
So my suggested topic is : working with elementals
And my time zone is Paris (+1)
Love the idea. Hopefully the scheduled time will be conducive for a wide range of folks to join in!
Love the idea. Will have to check if there's a way I can get internet at the new house.