So, in the past there has been a plethora of ways in which a curious reader might ask me a question, including Ask.fm, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr, et cetera. There was even a page on this site. Unfortunately, having too many options is just as bad as too few. In the interests of being a bit more efficient with my time, I’ve decided to consolidate my efforts. To that end, I’ve decided to start up a new regular feature here – the Reader Mailbag.
In addition to answering questions on Tumblr and Twitter, once a month or so I’ll be posting a call for reader questions here. If you have a question, you can ask it on social media, using the tag #AskJosh, or in the comments here. As questions come in, they’ll go into the mailbag. I’ll then select one at random and answer it here once a day, once a week or once a month, depending on the volume.
The biggest change as a result of this will be the closing of my Ask.fm account at the end of January. It’s done me proud service, and it’ll get the viking funeral it deserves, in around three weeks or so. I won’t be answering any more questions there from today, but feel free to peruse those I’ve already answered one last time.
By the same token, I won’t be answering questions on my Goodreads page, or on Facebook, for the foreseeable future. In the interim, any questions I’m asked on the aforementioned sites will go into the mailbag, as will any questions I’m asked here.
While it may seem counter-intuitive for a jobbing writer to prune avenues of reader interaction, I’ve given it a lot of thought over the past few weeks. To date, I’ve employed a somewhat scattershot approach, in order to reach as many people as possible.
While this has resulted in a mostly positive experience, it’s also reduced this site to one thing among many, rather than the central hub it’s meant to be. As one of my goals for the coming year is to draw more eyes here, I’ve decided that consolidating my approach is only sensible. Only time will tell if I’m right.
In the meantime, you can look forward to the first call for questions next week, and the first Reader Mailbag post not long after. I hope you’ll stick around to see how it goes.