Wed. March 30th: A forum – to be or not to be?

OK, wonderful readers, here it is. I know that a forum is a useful tool to have on any author’s website (and Parmenion keeps reminding me of that ;-)) but I have steered clear of it so far, mainly due to cost. However the site is coming up for an overhaul in the very near future *winces* so I’d like your opinions on this, please.

A simple ‘Yes, I think it’s a great idea’ or ‘No, I’d rather jump into an arena with Spartacus himself’ will do. All comments gratefully received however – and thanks for contributing as much as you do already…

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20 Comments

  1. benkane
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 10:01 | Permalink

    Odd to post the first reply, but I’ve sent out 240 odd emails so far, and the replies I have so far are closer than one might think:

    ‘Yes, I think it’s a great idea’: 8

    ‘No, I’d rather jump into an arena with Spartacus himself’: 6

    Waiting for more replies…

  2. John Salter
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 13:21 | Permalink

    If it improves the site Ben then ‘yes’ but if, ‘it’s not broke don’t fix it!’

    Great to hear your going to see The Eagle tonight, I’m certain you’ll love it! Even my girlfriend did!

  3. benkane
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 13:35 | Permalink

    @ John: it’s amazing how balanced the figures are:

    Totals now:

    ‘Yes, I think it’s a great idea’: 19

    ‘No, I’d rather jump into an arena with Spartacus himself’: 11

    ‘I’d like to sit this fight out, until I see who wins’: 3

    And as for The Eagle – tiredness is creeping in on us both, but I SOOOOO want to go…

  4. Posted 30 March 2011 at 16:19 | Permalink

    Heh, I’d totally watch a fight between Spartacus and Ben’s readers. Wonder how the guy would do against an entire group. 🙂

    I sent you an email.

  5. Posted 30 March 2011 at 16:29 | Permalink

    Parmenion once led armies…now he leads the PR fight for authors…(what a come down) what can i say except its free advertising…well except the forum fees.
    It adds word of mouth, it brings in more, it creates a community of like minded lovers of history.

    the choice…as they say is yours…but either way i will keep coming here.

  6. benkane
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 16:42 | Permalink

    @Gabriele: Ha! Spartacus would take down at least 6 opponents. But 600? I don’t know 🙁

    Not had your email yet. Was it to ben@benkane.net?

  7. benkane
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 16:42 | Permalink

    @Parmenion: ta! Still sending out hundreds of emails and compiling the results….

    Current totals:

    ‘Yes, I think it’s a great idea’: 23

    ‘No, I’d rather jump into an arena with Spartacus himself’: 14

    ‘I’d like to sit this fight out, until I see who wins’: 4

  8. Fabitaromunass
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 17:48 | Permalink

    Spartacus doesn’t scare me, he’s no Brennus!
    Stick me down for yes

  9. benkane
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 18:26 | Permalink

    @Fabitaromunass: wait until you read the fight scene between Spartacus and Crixus, a huge Gaul in the ludus who doesn’t want to join in the escape attempt. (He’s as big as Brennus, but Spartacus has more wits… 😉 ).

  10. Fabitaromunass
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 18:29 | Permalink

    So the first book goes straight into escape and rebellion then? I loved blood and sand where Spartacus flirts with the life of a champion! But I’m not influencing!! :s

  11. Fabitaromunass
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 18:32 | Permalink

    Is that fight scene the excerpt you put on here? I don’t like previews, I get too impatient

  12. benkane
    Posted 30 March 2011 at 18:32 | Permalink

    @fabitaromunass: first book – there’s only supposed to be one, altho I am thinking now of a second! There’s about three chapters in Thrace with life there and his betrayal, and then it goes to the ludus. As for what happens in Blood and Sand, I’m now blocking my ears….

  13. benkane
    Posted 31 March 2011 at 06:42 | Permalink

    @fabitaromunass: No, it’s another one. Not surprised you don’t like previews, but lots of people do!

  14. benkane
    Posted 31 March 2011 at 06:46 | Permalink

    Over night totals have changed to:

    ‘Yes, I think it’s a great idea’: 31

    ‘No, I’d rather jump into an arena with Spartacus himself’: 18

    ‘I’d like to sit this fight out, until I see who wins’: 7

    Still remarkably balance: 31 for, and 25 against or neutral. I’m wondering now if maybe a Q & A page (as well as the comments on here) might be the way to go?

  15. John Salter
    Posted 31 March 2011 at 07:03 | Permalink

    ‘The ayes have it!’ Scipio will see to that!

  16. John Salter
    Posted 31 March 2011 at 07:07 | Permalink

    Did you go and watch The Eagle last night Ben?

  17. benkane
    Posted 31 March 2011 at 08:07 | Permalink

    @ John: yes! Report to follow…

  18. benkane
    Posted 31 March 2011 at 18:53 | Permalink

    The totals – having changed dramatically since yesterday – now stand at:

    ‘Yes, I think it’s a great idea’: 48

    ‘No, I’d rather jump into an arena with Spartacus himself’: 23

    ‘I’d like to sit this fight out, until I see who wins’: 12

  19. Posted 31 March 2011 at 19:52 | Permalink

    I would say yes it’s a good idea. By the way any news of events you will be attending this year, I hope to get to at least one. What about heading to the Antonine Wall. The barbarians are behaving themselves nowadays.
    Cheers

  20. benkane
    Posted 31 March 2011 at 20:33 | Permalink

    @romandavie: how’s it going?? Good to hear from you. It would be good to catch up over the summer too. I’ll probably be at York again, on the 18th of June, and I’m also going to be at Chesters on the 4th/5th of June. And then of course there’s Kelmarsh on the 16th/17th of July. There’s a whisper that I might be in Edinburgh in August, with Doug Jackson, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet. (I’d better go and update the events page, hadn’t I?)

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