Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Membership Drive

As my regular readers know, we occasionally do "membership drives" here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. This is the time when we blatantly self-promote what we are doing at the blog and try to convince you, if you appreciate our content, to connect with us.

It takes time to produce the daily content at the blog, and thus far I have resisted a few offers to bring the blog to other websites/hosts because I think it is important, at least for now, to keep it independent. I also have decided not to put ads on the blog.  So if you have benefited from what we are doing here we encourage you to consider connecting with us. 

As we enter the summer season, let me remind you of several ways that you can connect with The Way of Improvement Leads Home

  • Become a follower or "member" of the blog through Google. You can do that by clicking the "Join this Site" button in the right column of this blog. As you can see, we have 129 followers and counting!  While I don't have the space to elaborate here, there is a direct connection between the number of "followers" we have and the kind of content we are able to deliver.
  • If you have a blog or website consider linking to us, placing The Way of Improvement Leads Home on your blogroll, or doing a post on one of our posts that you find helpful.
  •  While the blog does not get a lot of comments, the discussion can sometimes get quite lively at Facebook.  Friend me at Facebook ("John Fea") and participate in the conversation.  Or follow me at Twitter: @johnfea1.
  • Are you a former history major doing something exciting with your degree? Have you transferred the skills you have used as a history major to a non-history related job? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider contributing something to our well-received "So What CAN You Do With a History Major Series." Please contact me if you fit the bill!
  • Interested in the Greenwich Tea Burning Project? Join the project's Facebook group.  We are actually thinking about some creative ways of reviving this public history project.  We hope to have a book completed soon.
  • We are always looking for correspondents to report from major historical conferences such as the AHA, the OAH, the Omohundro Institute, ASCH, SHEAR, and others. If interested, please get in touch.
  • We are trying do something different here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. We want to bridge the gap between academic American history/religious history and the general public.  Consider a speaking engagement at your college, organization, historical site, church, public library, etc...  Do you have an idea for a seminar at your church or a teacher-training session at your school, or a session or two on how to integrate faith and the teaching of history, or a historical tour, or something else related to American history?  If so, let us know and we would be more than willing to brainstorm with you and try to make it happen. Check out the "Speaking" tab on the left for ideas. 
  • Do you have any suggestions for how we might improve The Way of Improvement Leads Home?  What kinds of things would you like to see at the blog?  Are we doing anything particularly well?  Drop me a note at jfea(at)Messiah(dot)edu
  • Are you a publisher or a publicity agent for a publisher and have a book that you would like reviewed?  If so, feel free to contact me or just send along a review copy.