Dear Chris Bateman,
I am reaching out to you about your post “A Republic of Bloggers“, which I found to be a refreshing take on a medium that has become far too associated with content marketing and search engine optimization. I am putting forward my intention to join you in your venture.
What I found so appealing in your concept is the invitation to engage in a exchange of ideas, thoughts, and perspectives in a format that requires a greater effort and thus the possibility of greater reward. To exchange letters via our blogs is to engage in a practice that is becoming less and less attractive in a time where people prefer to be entertained by the latest tweet or feed. But we do not need to be popular to be meaningful, and perhaps it shall become the mantle for the Republic to do that which need not be popular. It only takes two to have a conversation, so perhaps with enough examples from a few of us, we can gather others to our Republic to expand our company.
So I would like to engage with you to discuss some parameters for such an experiment. You mention that the Republic would discuss “philosophy, politics, media studies, and far more beside.” Given your research, literary accomplishment, ability to articulate all of these, and initiative to propose the Republic I feel that it is these topics that should be the Republic’s focus. I will further leave it to you as the initiator to contemplate if the Republic would benefit from a code of practice to help others understand how to participate.
Thank you for your bold proposal. I have been seeking such an opportunity to find fellowship in sharing ideas and topics. While I will continue to use my blogs for commercial and hobby purpose, I relish the idea of expanding my blog’s purpose to engage a neglected part of myself.