Let’s try something new.
Yes, I know those are often the last words a Mason ever mutters just before he finally meets the Grand Architect of the Universe, but let’s give it go, anyway…
For years, the Grand Lodge published The Voice of Freemasonry as a quarterly magazine for its membership. Recently, that quarterly timeframe has steadily moved to “occasional.” There are many reasons for this (not the least of which is a lack of content), but I think we all can agree there is a void left in the place that our once-regular magazine occupied.
So, I’d like to propose a new idea. Let’s try and publish stories by, from, and about D.C. Freemasonry in a new blog on the Grand Lodge website. These articles would come out weekly. We would post them on the website, and promote them on Facebook and our Yahoo Group.
The articles would be just like the articles from the magazine, with a mixture of subjects like history, Masonic biographies, current and recent events around the jurisdiction, etc. But they would come with a new feature – a comments section (moderated, of course), where we can talk back to the authors and each other about the articles. This gives us an opportunity the magazine didn’t – the opportunity to connect to one another in a forum outside of the lodge or Masonic event. It will also drive more people to the website, which we will continue to improve and update with the latest information. Lastly, this new form also allows for shorter-length content and a faster turn-around on publishing so that articles with timely content remain relevant and don't become stale.
Then, at the end of the year, we can compile the best articles from the year and publish them in a print anthology that we can send out to our membership and around the Masonic world. This allows us to preserve the best of our articles in a physical form, and celebrates the close of the year with a retrospective of our most memorable moments.
As with all things, this idea and this form will evolve as we move forward. As we gain experience and familiarity with this new medium, we will strive to continually improve and refine it.
I hope you like this idea; I know it’s new. But if we never did new things, we’d all still be living in caves and eating brontosaurus burgers on Burger Friday©.
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