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Hmmm… Book Club meet ups? I likey!

After Dave K. mentioned that there were other groups look to emulate the origional fightclub I thought I would dig a little further into how many other “guy book clubs” there were out there.  One in particular caught my attention!

One such group in S.F. actually had a book club meet up with an “all girls book club” – and all of the juicy details were shared.  You’ll have to read on since I just can’t do this story justice!  Let’s just say that books aren’t the only things fondled during the girl’s events.

Maybe we need to be a little more “social”…???

A Scorecard in Action

As a follow-up to Mike’s suggestion for a scorecard, I’d like to begin implementing these at our next bout. Be prepared to rate each book you’ve read on the two scales- Quality of Writing and Motivation- zero to ten. I’ll compile the results and post them to the bout records. And, we’ll plan on doing this for each book moving forward.

Use Categories in your posts

I made a comment to a previous post (Some initial housekeeping) but, I’m not sure everyone’s blog-savvy enough yet to notice comments (see the bubble in the post header). So, I thought I’d spell it out here…

As I mentioned below, use Categories in your posts. These are tags that help keep our posts organized and let others find us when searching for similar topics. I’ve also included each of our names in the categories box so that we can note the authors of our posts. Please use these accordingly but try to limit them to about 5 per post.

Beef-up Your Bouts!

Once you’re signed up and given Editor status, focus on filling up your bout page(s). Exact date, food menu, discussion arcs, other sources, etc., anything to fill it out and serve as a resource for everyone. Use the Edit Page option at the top of the page (if you’re logged in).

Some initial housekeeping

I’ll be giving each of you Pugilists “Editor” status, meaning you can publish any posts, edit any posts, edit any published posts, edit any pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage links and upload files. You can also delete any posts and any pages; and you can read, edit and delete private posts.

To be honest, I struggled whether or not to limit the Pugilists to “Author” status (basically, simple posting rights), but I wanted you to be able edit your own personal pages, and really take control of the page of the bouts that you host.

I’m open to discussing how best to determine the “Judges score” for each bout (thanks to Mike for the coining that). I was hoping to be able to incorporate polls, but I’m not sure that’s possible… I’ll look into it.

Categories- think of these as tags. When you’re writing a new post, you’ll notice a “Categories” box in the right-hand column. Please select or add categories relevant to your post, but try to limit them to 5 categories per post. You can then access specific categories via the Category widget on the right side of every Broken Spines page. As tags, categories will also help index our posts, and this site, with other bloggers on wordpress and search engines.

Speaking of which, as of now, this blog is PUBLIC. The seven Pugilists are the only ones who can post, but anyone can view and comment. I figure that this is an easy way to incorporate other perspectives on our topics without the administrative hassles of growing our core beyond seven. If anyone has reservations about this, pardon the irony but, please post :).

I know there’s more initial housekeeping to do, this is just what came to mind right away. Be sure to let me know when you’ve signed up here so I can get you in as an Editor. And, have a look around the site, let me know your thoughts…


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