Hello, folks!  Rebstock here!  I wanted to take a moment to let y’all know about a few exciting changes going on here at MennoNerds.

Content Moderation

First of all, we’ve implemented a content moderation process for articles published here at MennoNerds.  We realized that, with all the blogs automatically publishing content to our website we were generating a lot of content.  In fact, one person passed along a comment on the lines of “Egads!  That’s a lot of bloggers!  That’s a lot of content!”.  A bit of a paraphrase, actually, but you get the idea.  Additionally, we realize that a lot of our content comes from folks who have a Y chromosome, a much lighter shade of melanin in their skin, and come from a very European context of things.  While we like those folks, we like other folks who don’t have those characteristics, too.  So, we’ve decided to moderate our content stream down to 5 articles maximum a day with an eye on making sure that we let a diversity of voices be heard without one perspective drowning out the other.  This will allow us to bring on a lot more bloggers while keeping to our vision of being a website for a diverse set of Anabaptist voices.

Article Submissions

We want to make sure that all of you know we want contributions!  Just because you’re not “officially” a MennoNerd or just because you don’t have an actual blog doesn’t mean you don’t have something to say.  We’ve received a couple of articles already within the past couple of months.  Check them out at our MennoNerds Exclusive page.  But we would really love to hear more from other folks.  If you want to make a contribution, go to our Contact Us page and send us an Article Submission message.  Someone will get back to you and let you know what we need.

Affiliated Blogs

There are a lot of excellent blogs out there with Anabaptist perspectives, viewpoints, and commentary.  And we would really love to have every one of them automatically syndicated here on MennoNerds.  But, as part of what we aim for in making sure we support a diversity of voices, we can’t bring on every blog.  However, we would love to make sure that we network as many of these blogs together and promote them as Anabaptist voices while they, in turn, promote MennoNerds.  So, we’ve implemented the idea of “affiliated” blogs.  Even if a blog is not automatically syndicated by MennoNerds, they may carry the MennoNerd badge as an affliate and MennoNerds will include a link in a blog roll here on the website pointing back to their blog.  The hope is that with the badge on their blog and the link on our site, we would build this network and resource list for folks seeking to learn more about Anabaptism.  You can find our current list of all our MennoNerds affiliated blogs (including syndicated authors) at the MennoNerd Affliated Blogs page.  Affilates and authors are both considered based upon their application submitted at our Becoming a MennoNerd Blogger page.

Interviews, Podcasts, etc.

Watch our site in the coming weeks and months.  We’ve got some plans in the works to actually do some more exclusive content like interviews with specific MennoNerds, interviews with church leaders across the country and world, exclusive articles on specific topics, more synchro-blogs, etc.  This is going to be some good stuff coming up and we hope you folks enjoy these things to come.

That’s it, really.  We’re really excited about these different changes in how we do things and we hope that they help move us forward in our vision of becoming a “go-to” place for Anabaptist thought, theology, and practice.

Thanks, as always,

-Rebstock, the MennoNerd Bird

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