I started Rambling Polymath as a place to share my thoughts on photography, writing, journalism and the technology that enables each. And from the beginning, one of my goals was to encourage a robust discourse of these topics.
Today, I’m excited to debut the Rambling Polymath Community; a rich forum and comments platform where members can discuss blog posts, suggests ideas, and share your experiences with others.
I want to know what you think, I want to hear about your experiences, and more importantly, I want Rambling Polymath to be a place for like-minded people to help each other.
How it works
Under each post, members will now find recent comments and an invitation to join the discussion. When you click the link, you’ll be taken to the Rambling Polymath Community Forum where you can leave your comment, share insights and even upload photos.
Since Rambling Polymath frequently deals with photography, I felt the ability for readers to share their own experiences visually was important.
Replies are automatically embedded under each blog post and visible to other Rambling Polymath subscribers.
Where do I sign up?
The community forum is free and open to all Rambling Polymath subscribers.
In addition to the community forum and comments section, a free membership grants you early access to blog posts as well as my monthly newsletter.
Once you’ve verified your email address, you’ll automatically receive an email with instructions on setting up your account on the community forum.
Pro tip: if you have a Google or Twitter account, you don’t even have to remember another password.
If you’re already a subscriber and haven’t activated your community forum account, you can do so at the link below.
Why not just use Disqus?
Building a forum might seem like overkill when platforms like Disqus have been around forever.
While I briefly toyed with the idea of using Disqus, I quickly became frustrated with the limitations and privacy concessions made by most of the “free” comments systems out there.
After exploring countless options including Commento, Remark42, and even Vox’s Coral.Talk project, I settled on Discourse, as it had the fewest limitations and offered the most robust backend for customization and community building.
More to come
For now, the Rambling Polymath Community is largely serving as a comments platform, but I'll be adding new topics and categories over the next year.
Let me know what you think
Please jump in to the comments section below and say hi, introduce yourself, and let me know how I can make the Rambling Polymath Community Forum a better place for storytellers like yourself.