Crowdsourcing can be used to determine and present solutions to all manner of challenges. I know from the time I spend in the trenches every day working in the information technology industry, that crowdsourcing is often a tool used to come up with new ideas and solutions to the challenges of a constantly changing market. Crowdsourcing can also be used in a communal setting, where everyone is available to give and accept criticism and suggestion for the betterment of the community.
crowd·source (verb, kroud-sawrs): to utilize (labor, information, etc.) contributed by the general public to (a project), often via the Internet and without compensation
In the most basic explanation I this blog is going to be about learning to learn. And this education will largely start with the content I create, and then hopefully be expanded upon by the ideas and considerate critiques and suggestions of the community. Obviously, commenting on the posts I create is one of the welcome methods of learning. Here is see a way for you, the community, to question and challenge what I have written of which I can and will respond. But more than that I encourage members to respond to other members to help them out with details they may need clarification on. Through the community comments I hope to learn more myself and hear ideas and methods of learning that I have not thought of.
Another method of crowdsourcing I plan for the site is to give you, the community some say as to what topics are published next. I haven’t completely decided on how I will present this choice to you all, but I certainly believe that the content published on the site should be relevant to its readers. And while I hope to attract like-minded individuals who have the same interests and desires to learn more about photography, I also know that a direction I choose to take may not be a direction the community would like to move in next. The result is a site that is created for the community and in some ways by the community.
Once the site is established and a solid community exists, I may seek out some of you who I find to be respectful and knowledgeable to provide content that will be written from a fresh perspective. I may also open up content to creation to some of you who request to create it. The point is again, I am certainly no professional in either the field of photography nor in the writers realm. Saying this, I know that in order for this site to grow and truly become a wonderful resource for everyone, the community must be involved in a crowdsourced built environment.
Lastly, when the community has grown large enough to support it, I will move forward with plans to create a forum that will give us even greater capabilities to communicate with each other and better organize and catalog our community created content in the form of forum discussions. I have to admit I am very excited about the prospect of having a large enough community to warrant a managed forum. To me this stage is an advanced stage of a blog where the community has taken some level of ownership for the goings on of the site. In the end it just makes it more fun, which means you are more likely to stick with it the community. Especially, when you are part of the crowd learning and helping each other in a friendly and considerate manner.