One of the keys to having a successful and enjoyable blog is to gain the participation of as many people as possible, in as many different ways imaginable. Fortunately for us at American Creation, we have benefited from a plethora of excellent blog posts over the past few years. In addition, we have also been blessed with a very lively and diverse comments forum (a special thanks to all who make that a success. You know who you are). But these are far from the only way to garner support.
I've been thinking over the past few weeks of how we might get more participation from our readers and contributors. Of course, blogging is a voluntary hobby that is meant to be enjoyed so any "forceful" effort on my part to boost participation is likely to end in failure, which leads me to the following proposal:
I would like to suggest that readers and contributors list their favorite books on the topic of religion and the American founding. If you would, please just take a moment to list your favorite books in the comments section of this post, along with your reason for the selection. I will then select the top 5 or 6 vote-getters and list them in a voting poll on the right-hand side of this blog where readers will be able to cast their vote.
In the end, I am hoping that we can help to introduce blog polls to this site as an additional way to promote participation. In addition to your favorite books, please also feel free to suggest future poll questions.
Anyway, here's hoping that this will catch on. Let the voting begin!