On July third, a regular reader and commenter asked a question and made a suggestion for Canadian Atheist:
Perhaps Canadian Atheist is less acrimonious than Freethought Blogs partly because of its different structure – you’re a group blog, as opposed to a group of blogs. Have you ever considered trying the alternative model? It would offer more scope for bloggers to develop their own individual styles, and it might be interesting.
I considered answering this comment at the time, rejected the idea and now, hove reconsidered. As I was reading through the many blogs I follow, I came across a post by PZ Myers on Pharyngula:
By the way, despite all the furor lately (or because of it), I’m getting a number of requests from people wanting to join Freethoughtblogs, and asking how to do it. It’s not easy, especially right now.
don’t ask us, we’ll ask you . . .
Your best strategy: write a really good blog. Write well. Write consistently. Talk about subjects the FtB bloggers are interested in. But of course, if you can do all that, you don’t need to be on FtB.
started me thinking about the approach of Canadian Atheist, a blog that is a collection of atheist writers from across Canada, whose aim, as PZ suggests, is “to write a really good blog. Write well. Write consistently.”
However, there is one suggestion PZ makes that is very different than Canadian Atheist‘s approach to blogging: “Talk about subjects the FtB bloggers are interested in.” Did PZ really mean to say that? At Canadian Atheist, we don’t write for each other; we write for our readers. However, we do appreciate it when fellow writers comment on our posts.
Canadian Atheist‘s goal is to reach a lot of readers and receive lots of feedback on its posts. As well, we’re always looking for more people to write for Canadian Atheist. If you would like to do that, please see the Join Us page.
As PZ suggests, Canadian Atheist doesn’t “need to be on FtB”; it is already a free-thought blog.