I’ve been opening ilegal up to other select websites, bloggers and groups so they can showcase and share their work with new and expanding audiences in their own dedicated area. I'm focussing on sites that promote social justice in some way shape or form or, are just plain interesting!
As well as allowing these external sites/blogs to tap directly into all the traffic ilegal receives each day, it's a real step towards encouraging a varied information-rich community of thinkers, activists, campaigners and artists, easily accessible to people who browse the web
In a nutshell, each website, blog or group that participates has its own space on ilegal that it maintains control over, including over what content is shared and how the area is moderated. We set the area up to whatever specification and functionality is requested (there are quite a few possible options)
One way to visualise it would be to consider it as setting out a market stall or an 'outreach' on ilegal. As well as your own blog or website you would now have an additional means of sharing your content, engaging new readers and attracting traffic back to your original site. Alternatively, and more in keeping with my title, think of yourself as a Matisse, or a Rimbaud or a Picasso, sharing space with Sartre and Hemmingway. Whatever floats your boat!
Isn’t it just like having a blog roll or ‘recommended sites’ list?
No. This isn’t a static space or a 'link list'. Each area within The Left Bank belongs to the respective participant - it contains their work, updated regularly by them. ilegal then helps plug their content via our social media accounts and through our subscription based email Alert service
Isn’t it just like having guest blogs or articles?
Absolutely not. The Left Bank is about devolving ownership of that section of ilegal – it belongs to whoever runs the particular area and will develop however they want to develop it
How it would typically work
You write and post your piece on your own website or blog as you would normally do
You then copy and paste the piece into a new post in your area in The Left Bank
You provide a link at the end of the piece back to your own website/blog for those who like your content to follow so they can find out more about you
Your post on ilegal is circulated via the ilegal social media accounts too, bringing in even more traffic to your content
If you’re interested in getting involved or have any questions then please get in touch or reply to this topic! I hope you can see where I'm coming from and the possibilities The Left Bank presents. It's early days yet - I have some interesting ideas how it can be developed and have already received some great suggestions of possible emergent properties down the line. I'll see how we get on and then write those up too