Monday, March 31, 2014

Connect With Us Through the Spring 2014 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.  Perhaps some of you have enjoyed a "Virtual Office Hour" or an "Author's Corner."  Or maybe you are regular reader of "Sunday Night Odds and Ends" or have benefited from our "What Can You Do With a History Major?" series.  Some of you just may be daily readers who are entertained and informed by what we do here.  We need your support!

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 the "The Way of Improvement Leads Home" 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 winter season, let me remind you of several ways that you can connect with The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  

  • Tell a friend about The Way of Improvement Leads Home or send out a Facebook post of tweet about what we are doing here.
  • 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 132 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 Homeon your blogroll, or doing a post 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. Some of you may recall that Twitter will not let me follow more people until I get enough followers.  (I tend to follow more people than I have followers so I can get fresh content for the blog.  Read about this here).  If you are a history buff (as most of my readers are) you may be interested in #whystudyhistory).
  • 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!
  • We are all about places here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. Take a picture of your favorite local place--it could be anywhere. And we will post it on the blog as part of our "Places"feature.  For whatever reason we have not received too many submissions for this feature--but I am not giving up on it.
  • We are always looking for correspondents to report from major historical conferences such as the AHA, the OAH, the AAR, 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 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 and we will see what we can do about doing a review or a note.
Thanks for reading!