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For students, teachers, and others who are still connected to schools, the new year now, rather than January 1st. Even a few years after leaving school, I get excited about new plans for the fall as if it's a new year.
On my way back from my vacation last week, as I got closer and closer to home, I kept thinking about trying some new things on this blog.
Here are some of my “back to school” plans for Classically Speaking:
* The summer was a bit slow for classical concerts, but as the new seasons get started, we’ll be hearing from West Virginians and guests who will be performing music around the state. If you know of something good in your area, let me know.
* I’ve tried a bit of a recurring feature with “Friday Questions”—asking you something about music every Friday. I’m still looking to hear from any readers/listeners out there, but to make Fridays a bit less work for you, this week we’ll start featuring a classical music video each Friday. (Perhaps the questions will come back as a monthly survey).
* Finally, I’ve noticed my interview posts getting longer…and longer…I want to try some new things with how we post interviews. One possibility is shorter excerpts from the interviews throughout a post, and then posting the whole interview separately (you can then dip your toe in the water with the shorter selections, but still have a chance to hear the whole story if you have the time).
What do you think? We’re still a work-in-progress, so everything’s still flexible, and your suggestions influence how we shape this blog. If you have any thoughts about what you would like to see and hear, leave a comment on any of our posts.
And if you’re a bit shy about posting a comment, you can send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org (you might want to put Classically Speaking or “classical blog” in the subject line just to be sure I catch it).
I think it’s going to be a good new year!