So this is one of those “go ahead and start something and then see whether it works or not” projects.
Beginning next week, I’ll be hosting a very informal chat hour on Tuesday nights from 7-8 PM Eastern time, right here in the Forum Shoutbox.
I know any set time won’t work for everybody (and maybe not anybody), but I selfishly chose the most convenient date and time for me as the host, and then if anyone else wants to host an ongoing Coffeehouse Chat on a different day/time, to help accommodate other time zones or countries, we can certainly add another to the schedule.
I also know there isn’t an archive with the shoutbox, but honestly, I’m not picturing anything overly content-heavy, at least for right now. What I want is just a time for writers to socialize, maybe chat about current projects, and have a regular check-in as far as how the writing has been going for the previous week and what their goals are for the next week. (If things get boring, we can always do 15-minute word wars.) If it does start to seem like we need an archive, I can try to post it to the forums.
I’ve chosen the shoutbox because 1) it’s already there, 2) it’s easy to use and doesn’t require anything but a forum membership, and 3) it may encourage new people to register for the forums. If this takes off, I’ll be looking into other services – I’d eventually like to do something more like a conference call, though I can’t personally do any kind of video-based chat because of the relatively lousy speed of our home Internet. Again, though, I want to start simple (and free) and work up from there if there’s enough interest and activity.
Any questions, ask away. Otherwise, see you on Tuesday night!