Hello there, dear RDC community. I’m sitting here with wet hair in my big fuzzy bathrobe and no house shoes in a 65 degree house trying to write an entry about “what’s new” when all I can think about is whether or not the hot water on my stove is boiling yet so I can make some tea. I also ALMOST edited that sentence because it was too long. I didn’t, however, because the point of it and the rest of this article is to share with you just a bit about who we are, what we do and why we do it. And, the fact that an occasional long sentence slips in is just part of how we’re structured right now.
The RDC will be deploying our 200th post this upcoming week. We’ll hit our 17,000th view sometime on Sunday or Monday and we’ll be giving away more promotions in November and December than the previous four months combined. We kicked off two new areas of writing this month (a series on “Where the Red Fern Grew” and the “Stockyards City Cookbook Cook-Through“) and have added a few more contributors as well. Since our last update Kendy, Jennifer, Jani, Whitni, Michael (guest blogger) and Dan have joined our team. Our “Friends of the RDC” are also growing and we couldn’t be happier; we generally have between 100-250 views per day with some spikes these past few months hitting 600-1100, depending upon what content was deployed. What this means, however, is that we’re adjusting to that growth.
This week I’ll be talking to someone about managing our promotions and advertising. We’re going to celebrate our 6 month birthday by launching a new website, designed to be more efficient for someone who might visit us, as well as more visually appealing. We’re also having a first official “contributor meeting” on December 11th at which time we’re going to make a decision about which way to steer the RDC in terms of a business model. And, we have a few interviews scheduled for this next month that make me think we’re beginning to get noticed as perhaps a place that has some beneficial contribution.
And, while I’m really happy about all that is going on around here, I also want to let you know that we’re doing our best to keep our side of the street clean. What that means is that the world of blogging isn’t very well-defined. If you go to WordPress.Com and simply begin looking through a random selection of blogs you will find some amazing work, and some extremely poor work. Some bloggers simply post other work they’ve found and would like to share. That’s fine as long as they are referencing the source, and most do. Others appear to be writing all their content but sometimes you can’t tell about their images. And finally, there are those who cite or link to their sources, credit their photos and seem to be doing the best they can to keep their own standards high.
In case you’ve wondered in the past, we write all our own content. We shoot all our own photos or credit the source from which they were derived. If there’s no credit, then we purchased the license for that image from a photograph company. And, we link to all our references or sources whenever we feel you might need further context or the original source supporting what we have created. Right now, I do light editing for every release except sports. Rob is our sports editor. And, when I feel like I need to make a decision about something I’ll bounce a question off Julie (she was my first co-contributor) or send it out to our whole team.
I’m sharing this information, in part, because of a very unfortunate copywrighting issue that came out on the Reddit and Facebook communities this week. This link pretty much explains just how bad theft can get when it comes to plagiarism and blatant use of what was deemed to be the fact that “all content on the internet is public domain.” Cook’s Source Magazine royally ticked off “the internet” and they’re paying for it handily.
So, everything in this letter (except for the previous immediate paragraph) pretty much sums up the way we do business. But we also “do business” on a volunteer and for-a-hobby only status right now…which is why I’m in my bathrobe writing to you this morning. After December that might change, but for right now all you see is simply because of the heart of those who write it.
Have a wonderful Saturday in Red Dirt Country. Y’all come back now, ya hear?