I'm sure the question will come up eventually, so let's just tackle it now.
From the moment I purchased the domain name for The Everyday Marksman, I envisioned it as becoming a community. That started with an email list and driving comments on the articles. I later jumped into creating a Facebook group. That engagement has been great, and I really appreciate everyone who has participated in it.
But here's the thing: I'm a believer in owning the platform. Doing things in a Facebook group makes sense for people who aren't prepared or willing to run a forum like this. But using someone else's platform, like Facebook, ultimately gives Facebook all of the power. Should a day ever come where they decide that they don't want gun-related content on their site, nothing would stop them from wiping out everything we had accomplished there.
Furthermore, I also get that a lot of people don't want to use Facebook at all. They deleted their accounts, as I have done a few times, and just don't want to be pushed back into it.
Aside from the platform, I sincerely believe that the best way to build a community is to have active members that talk to each other. The comments section on the articles is a great first step, but this is an even better one since everyone can post new topics, ask questions, and respond. I also think this is a great way to pick up new topic ideas for the blog itself, or even publish guest posts.
You might have noticed the point system here. I'll have a second article all about that, but let me discuss the basics. In an effort to keep a high quality of discussion, I've implemented a point system. In short, you earn points for positive actions on The Everyday Marksman as a site. Some examples of positive actions include:
What do these points do for you? At first its a pride thing, but as I further develop the community you will be able to use these points for discounts in the swag shop, "buying" new titles, and unlocking achievements.
In order to earn points for these actions, you must have and use an account with the site. I've made as easy as I can so that registering here on the forum is the same account you can use for commenting on the blog itself.
With all of that said, thanks for joining and I look forward to more discussion with you.
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