David "Et Lux" has recently posted many wonderfully insightful responses to music in The Listening Room. He single handedly did a lot to help wake up our sleepy little Forum. His encouragement for others to get more involved has been especially appreciated.
And David passed on some thoughts about the use of The Listening Room which are things I think we should take to heart:
--Basically, he's suggesting people go ahead and post much more often. Get that front page active and rotating. Don't leave it so that day after day it looks pretty much the same.
I agree. And I've been the person probably most concerned with details about posting which actually have ended up making participation less instead of more. Earlier this year, for instance, I posted a few times the reminder that we need to share the space. Those reminders were in response to PMs I got from members who were upset that some people were posting new material day after day, sometimes without even bothering to respond to replies they'd gotten on previous posts.
Well, posting every single day of the week is excessive, BUT, much more important, is for people to feel free to go ahead and post much more often than they have been.
I've probably been more worried about hogging space than anyone has. My first "Tom Sawyer" post went up a full year ago, July of 2011. It took me a FULL FOUR MONTHS to put up the next piece, because it took that long for the first one to go off the front page. I've posted more regularly since then, but still averaging only 1 post a month. That's too slow a rate.
It goes to show that the old Sticky Post from 2007 about sharing the space simply doesn't apply to conditions as they now are.
The one guideline which I feel still MUST be followed to the letter is to only post music which uses at least some Garritan instruments. The main topic of this group of Forums is Garritan - It would be insulting to not follow Gary's request that we use his instruments in music we share in The Listening Room. Fine - that's an easy guideline to follow. Music doesn't have to be 100% Garritan, but does need to include at least some instruments from any of the Garritan Libraries.
PROPOSAL - Why don't we celebrate the summer with a Big Explosion Of Music in The Listening Room? Everyone with music in the can that they can share - jump in and post it, and post often. Re-post things from years ago that new members haven't heard. Get that page really rolling - Replies are bound to follow, enthusiasm can come back, and we could have a blast hearing a lot more music from each other.
What think ye? Discussion on this? - I don't think any guidelines than those I've mentioned need apply. No contest to enter, no penalties, but plenty of rewards - we'd get to hear more music from our fellow members, and not feel like we have to sit and twiddle our thumbs between our own postings.
Let's Do It!--- But I'd like to hear feedback - So please post anything you'd like to say about this idea.