Before I throw it out to the whole group.
1. Should we move our blogging activity there?
2. If not, what in your opinion do we use the group for?
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @8:18:28 PM
The blog entries we add to the group don't show up for me when I go to More/Blogs. That's not quite what I expected. If we move practice blog entries to the group, it doesn't seem likely that people will see them, except those who have already joined the group and know to go look for them there. So I don't think we should move our blogging activity there yet.
So, I'm not really sure how we use the group. It would be really cool if we could tag our own personal blog entries as belonging to the group, and they'd get automatically added to the group's blog, but still show up in the list of blog entries shown by About/Blogs. But that's not the way the site works today.
That leaves us still wondering what the group is for. It would be a good place to state our mission. Other than that, I still don't know.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @9:22:02 PM
I am not sure yet, but I think it is a good idea.
We could collect resources?
We could post our blogs in the blogs section and then also put them in the group (for a little way at least to encourage other people to post their practising?)
We could pick a topic each week - or someone can ask a question and we could all give and get support?
We could list all the learning books for each style.
We could list songs that have helped us.
We could create a list of links of all the practising threads on banjo hangout.
We could discuss one aspect of practising and see what everyone has to say?
Not sure yet. Thinking.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @9:29:37 PM
I just added my current practising goals to the practising group group because that could be a good idea, everyone setting goals and then reporting back on how they are doing?
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @9:31:05 PM
Discussing different strategies? - not sure how to link the group with the blogs yet.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @9:31:42 PM
I see that I do get an email notification when a new practice group blog entry is made, so hmmm. That makes the group blog much more useful.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @9:31:57 PM
Meeting up in the chat room could also be fun?
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @9:37:31 PM
Okay so maybe post in both places? That way more people might get involved?
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @2:42:12 AM
The group certainly seems somewhere we could gather helpful links and resources. At present they tend to get lost in back posts pretty much never to be seen again.
Maybe this blog could be used to discuss our daily practices(as we are already doing), by it's very nature a transient thing, where looking back isn't really an issue.
The blog in the group could be used to discuss books/methods/practice routines/ideas. Things we don't want to get lost in the mists of time and may prove useful to other beginners.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @2:47:44 AM
And like Kate says, discussion topics and questions could go in the group. Pretty much stuff that could be asked on the forum, but we would have our own individual group take on it.
Topics related to beginners/practice sometimes come up in the bluegrass forum which would be of interest to clawhammerers. Similarly topics appear in clawhammer which would be of interest to bluegrassers. These can get missed. The practice group could be a 'receptacle' for all those sort of discussions.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @4:09:50 AM
We could put a post summarising the posts in the blogs? Titled something like "Current blog entries on practising".
There could also be another post on "Current discussions (from across the forum) on practising" - so people go outside of their usual forums?
We could reference those posts and discuss them in our group focusing on arenas that interest us?
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Thursday, November 9, 2017 @4:11:40 AM
We need a cohesion - some people who will comment on and give feedback on other people's practising. I notice we have some banjo teachers who have joined up to our group, so that is awesome. So we need to pitch a few questions towards their expertise.
We also need people to just "like" someone's post - so if we don't have time or something to comment, we at least let people know that we are reading along with them - that helps break down the isolation and loneliness of the banjo/creative journey/process.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @4:12:04 AM
Another thing is that we could discuss one book on practising music, and read through it and comment together?
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @4:35:37 AM
Even the basics of one style of banjo playing could be good, as I really don't understand a lot, so that would be interesting from my point of view.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @5:40:21 AM
The membership is now up to 25. How many will end up being 'active members' I don't know, hopefully a high percentage will chip in. I know the law of diminishing returns means the group isn't going to be huge any time soon, but I think let's give it to 35 members/another two days then we start to 'drive' the group.
I asked Josh Turknett to join in a comment to a blog post of his, and I'm pleased to say he has joined.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @5:44:49 AM
Kate, I think a lot of things you are suggesting will over time naturally occur in The Practice Group. (Especially if you as administrator start off the post/issues).
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @10:54:38 AM
Glad to see Lynda has got Tom Collins and Dan Levenson onboard. Well done Lynda!
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @12:50:30 PM
On the right hand side of banjohangout.org/group/thepracticegroup there is a drop down menu which starts on Blog Entries - if we could link our blog entries with the group that would save on double posting. Just a thought so perhaps we need to start a thread in the help section to work out how to do that?
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @12:51:39 PM
Or we could look at other groups and see their set ups? That could gives us a few hints of the capabilities of the groups area?
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @4:12:26 PM
I am posting some questions in the Help and Questions section. Be another ten minutes before I post it.
Friday, November 10, 2017 @7:10:57 AM
I think the fact we can link blog entries into the group kind-of sorts things out for us regarding our current blogging.
We basically just keep blogging as normal, but if we think a blog entry is pertinent to the group we link to it?
Friday, November 10, 2017 @8:20:46 AM
Friday, November 10, 2017 @1:30:28 PM
I see thanks to Lyndas invite 'Clawdan' has now joined. Particularly relevant for me as I'm learning from his book...
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