Now we have moved over to the new site, we can be a little more flexible in providing writing slots for one off or occasional contributors: as you’ll see from the Derry essay series, and some of the new voices we’ve begun to ‘promote’ from the comment zone. I’m quite keen that we develop this much further, particularly in areas where we have perceived shortfalls in perspective.
To that end, I am keen to give greater voice to women (our biggest deficit), unionists, mainstream republicans, business people, Gaeilgeoirí, academics and politicians.
We are also keen to draw in perspectives from far beyond the Belfast Bubble. The Listenderry site, for instance, is part of a wider commitment to developing engaged conversations (ie run along the lines of ‘Slugger Rules‘, not absolute free-for-alls). With regard to Derry/Londonderry, I see my role as standing well back and helping facilitate local people in finding their own voices (with their choice of topics and audience), whether as bloggers, photographers, or musicians.
Slugger started out eight years ago as a one man band. It is very long time since I went on holiday and left it in the charge of six guest bloggers to do with it what they would. From then on my voice has only been one of many, whether that be our bloggers or the many intelligent and engaged commenters who spend more hours than I am sure is good for them reading and sharing their own perspectives on the site.
So, if you want to get started, either here or on Listenderry.org, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if it is only for a one off. Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can write today.