With our Newsletter officially launching in two days, we thought it was imperative that we talk about the “Featured” section that will be included within it each month. Undoubtedly, features like this are bound to make certain participants feel that their response submissions were inferior and promote an unnecessary sense of competition among participants. For this reason, we’d like to address the feature before it is launched in an effort to help the community understand what it is and how it functions- and what it means for our participants.
What is the “Featured” Feature?
The “Featured” feature is a section in our Newsletter released on the 1st of every month when a new topic is released. It includes between 4 and 8 participant entries that were submitted to the prior month’s topic, depending on the number of people who submitted entries for that topic.
What is the Purpose of the “Featured” Feature?
The Featured feature has two main purposes. The first is to decrease the length of our newsletter by providing a small preview of the submissions for the prior month’s topics. The second is to share our favorite participation submissions.
Is There Any Sort of Order to the Featured List?
The Featured Feature lists anywhere between 4 and 8 entries a month depending on the number of people who participated in that topic. It is not an ordered list, however; there is no #1 spot, or “most liked” to “least liked” sort of organization to it. All featured posts are liked equally by The Gaelic Roundtable- albeit often for different reasons
What does it Mean to be Featured?
Being featured in our Newsletter really only holds the meaning that you prescribe to it. If you would like to feel as if it is an accomplishment that should be celebrated, you are more than welcome to! For The Gaelic Roundtable, however, it is a simple way to share some of our favorite entries with the rest of the participants, as well as keep from overwhelming thse who subscribe to our Newsletter.
How are Featured Participants Chosen?
Featured participants are chosen for a variety of reasons. It could be because they expressed values which are congruent with the mission of The Gaelic Roundtable; because we enjoyed their stories; we enjoyed their writing style; their content provided “food for thought” that we believe other participants may benefit from- or raised questions that we enjoyed mulling over; or any number of other reasons. In other words, there is no set criteria that we follow when choosing who to feature and who not to.
How do I Increase my Chances of Getting Featured?
We choose our Featured entries for any number of reasons, so it’s hard to give advice concerning how to get featured. There are, however, a few things that can increase your chances irregardless of this fact- and that is to be genuine, fearless, and thoughtful in your responses.
Our primary mission at The Gaelic Roundtable is to create relevant resources for the community that are written by community members. Our secondary mission is to encourage personal spiritual integrity and build a diverse community. Both missions, however, are reliant on one thing: Healthy, respectful, thoughtful discourse between people- and sometimes that means pushing boundaries. So put thought and effort into your writing, write honestly, write from the heart, and don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions or express opinions that others might not agree with. If being featured is your desire, you might just find yourself making the Featured list more often if you do so.
How Will We See Who is Featured Each Month?
The “featured” feature is only available for our newsletter subscribers, whereas the entire Roundup post including all entries is available on WordPress itself. If you would like to see who is Featured each month, then you’ll have to subscribe to our Newsletter in order to do so.
If you are an Irish Polytheist, please consider participating in The Gaelic Roundtable… And don’t forget to follow us on WordPress or Tumblr, and subscribe to our Newsletter in order to receive regular updates; if you have any suggestions for improvements or increased accessibility- or you have questions, need resources, or anything else- you can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us an Ask on our Tumblr… And if you like what we do, please consider donating, too!
We wish to thank The Kemetic Round Table for providing the Pagan and Polytheist communities with the Roundtable idea and format, and for having sustained their own Roundtable for so long- and the Celtic Roundtable for providing us with a stepping stone and model relevant to the Gaelic world.