Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Four Stone Hearth: The Fire Still Burns!

It seems that the fire will continue in the anthropology hearth just a bit longer! Thank you all for your responses to my call for Four Stone Hearth hosts! I've lined up several hosts for the upcoming carnival sessions—but please don't let that stop you from volunteering for a future session.

I am temporarily filling in for Afarensis this month, so if there are questions or you would like to volunteer, please feel free to contact me. Hosts, please let me know when you post your call for posts, and when you make the carnival live. I'll be sure to cross-post here on AiP and via Twitter and Facebook, etc. If you're featured in the carnival, please take a moment to link back either via a short post or on one of the social media channels you belong to. 

I'd also like to open the door to discussions about how we can make this a better endeavor as a community. The suggestions I've received privately are as follows:
  • Make the carnival a monthly feature—easier to find hosts and to find content, etc.
  • Move the carnival to a blog site with an RSS feed so that people can subscribe more easily.
What are your ideas? (I'll share these with Afarensis once the hominin gets back.) Let's not let the fire go out.


  1. Thanks for keeping things running. Couple of suggestions:

    - Turn 4SH into a blog with short summaries of each host's post.
    - Add web feed and email subscription
    - link into twitter/facebook page.

    I think this will help to promote the site more as well as the work of hosts and authors!

    Alternatively, and this may be a controversial suggestion, but changing its format entirely may be worth considering. Rather than seeking hosts who create overviews of the submissions, perhaps 4SH should focus on garnering contributions from individual authors which are cross posted to the 4SH blog? Something like Research Blogging I guess, and with only those posts considered of reasonable quality to go up. It could be done via recruiting a few editors to review submissions and a quick editorial statement on what kinds of content 4SH wants. A sort of group blog I guess.

    Just a thought.

  2. I like the group blog idea. I feel if you just make a blog to host the compilations/summaries it'll defeat the feel of a carnival in some ways. I'd definitely add an RSS or email subscription option and give it its own Twitter page. I like the biweekly format though monthly might make it easier to compile enough posts.

  3. Thanks for your comments! I haven't been ignoring them—I've been mulling them over myself because FSH presents a unique opportunity.

    The group blog idea is interesting, but I think it leads us away from the carnival feeling—however, that's not to say that there isn't room for such an enterprise in the anthropology blogosphere.

    I'll be sure to pass these ideas along to Afarensis once the hominin is back—and we'll take it from there. In the mean time, if you have any other ideas, please feel free to share.