Thursday, March 15, 2007

Main Street Plaza!!!

Please stop by and check out the new post-Mormon community blog Main Street Plaza!!!

I'm really pleased that Hellmut and some others from the FLAK site have made the effort to organize this. I feel like the post-Mormon blogging community has grown and matured to the point of needing a central, general-interest group blog. (It seems like only last year it was a cute little bitty baby blog network... *sniff*)

Now I know there are already a bunch of sites that have related niches, but to me they all seem somewhat more specialized:

The Cultural Hall: How and why to continue to practice Mormonism and believe parts of it even if you don't buy the whole enchilada.
Equality Time: Hard-hitting criticism of church policies and doctrines with the idea of changing the institution for the better.
The Mormon Curtain: Criticism of the LDS church (its history, doctrine, and practices) with the object of exploring the many ways it is bad.
FAIR: Debate between believers and non-believers over doctrinal and historical issues.
Sunstone Blog: erudite discussion of Mormon beliefs and culture. (I had to look up "erudite" to make sure I was using it correctly, but there's something about Sunstone that made me think of that word...)
Carnival of the Veil: A bi-weekly carnival highlighting interesting recent articles in post-Mormon blogspace.
Mind on Fire: "A frontier land where critical believers can explore doubt and compassionate atheists can experiment with spirituality."
Letters from a Broad: All about me. Me, me, and more me.

And many others. Just check out my sidebar -- it's longer than the text part of my blog these days!!!

I think Main Street Plaza has the potential to cover all of these topics and more, but in a more general way. But to be a successful community blog it will need participation from the community!!!

So here's what you can do:

Bloggers, please add this to your blogroll, and dig through your archives for a good discussion post that didn't get enough attention when you first ran it, but might be re-run as a guest post on MSP. Everybody, think of submitting a guest post. Something as simple as a discussion question or a link to an LDS-interest article or cartoon is welcome as well as a complete article about your own experiences, insights, research, and art work. Or if you're interested in being a regular contributor/writer/permablogger (the organization is still in its early stages), please contact Main Street Plaza.

Here's the contact address:

Hope to see you there!!! :D


Anonymous said...

And I'm there too!

The good news is, I can read blogs from there I couldn't read from your blogroll because of password issues. So I'm happy once again.

C. L. Hanson said...


Hellmut said...

And thank you for your work, Chanson! Today there is a great post by fta about Mormon identity on Main Street Plaza.

C. L. Hanson said...

No problem -- it's an exciting project!!! :D

The Sinister Porpoise said...

Actually I completely have to redo my Blogroll since I've moved to a new site.

And I have to sign up for some account to do word verification to keep spammers out so I don't need to moderate comments.

I've seen this.

JulieAnn said...

AH, I just wrote you an email asking about this!(did I mention the learning disability I have?) LOL Sorry...

Can't wait to see where this goes CL! I am totally there....

JulieAnn said...

...and I linked you up to my blog--sorry for the delay. Ugh!

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Sinister Porpoise!!!

I have to do some sidebar cleanup too, and updating your link is on my to-do list!!!

Thanks JulieAnn!!!

I'm psyched about the new site, and look forward to seeing your contributions there!!!

By the way, you're another one on my link-correction list. I signed up for your RSS feed for myself and over on Main Street Plaza, and it seems to give the title as "JulieAnn's old blog". Can you tell me which URL is the right one? Thanks!!!

Freckle Face Girl said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the tip.

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Freckle Face Girl!!!

We're one step ahead of you -- you're already on the blogroll over there!!! :D

Sideon said...

It's so BIG (the blogroll!)


Checking out Main Street Plaza, at this very moment.


C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Sideon!!!

It's amazing, isn't it?