Now that we’ve swapped stories of public restrooms, marriage challenges, and vomit, I think it’s fair to call ourselves a community. There’s a good balance of likemindedness and diversity here — the vibe is positive yet real. No playdates…yet…but support and camaraderie all the same.
I’ve been mulling over adding community features to Parent Hacks but haven’t hit on any "ah, yes!" services, either because they’d require lots of setup and back-end work (not in the cards right now), or because they’d clutter up the discussion already happening. Then it occurred to me (prompted by a chat with Jim of Baby Toolkit) that many of you maintain blogs, photo collections, and bookmark lists of your own — why not distribute PH’s community features? Why not let the discussion happen in the comments of your blogs and Flickr accounts, and the link-sharing happen collectively?
The magic of tagging makes it possible. If you write a blog post, upload a Flickr photo, or save a bookmark to del.icio.us you think Parenthackers should know about, tag it as parenthacks. I’ve created a new "Community" section in the left sidebar, where I’ve linked to the following pages:
- The Technorati page that links to all blog posts tagged with parenthacks
- The del.icio.us page that lists all bookmarks tagged with parenthacks
- The Flickr page that shows all photos tagged with parenthacks
So now, we can visit you where you live, so to speak. What’s more, all these pages produce feeds, so you can keep track of updates using your feed reader (that’s my plan, at least). AND, it’s a nice way to spread the wealth, traffic-wise.
I realize this new community "feature" assumes some Webbiness on your part. I know not all of you have blogs or accounts at Flickr and del.icio.us, or even know what tagging means. If that’s the case, speak up, and I’ll write up a how-to page of explanations and pointers.
All thoughts welcome.
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