To Improve Or Not To Improve... That Is The Question.

I've hit kind of a slump here at R2D2, if you haven't been able to tell. It's just one movie review after another... and sometimes I can go a week without posting anything. But I want to do something more than that. I want to involve my readers. You.

But how? What would you like to see at R2D2? I've put a poll up to the left. And please feel free to comment in response to this topic and give me some straighter feedback if you'd like. That'd be great.

But here are the options:

- Add Some Games! Games add some fun interaction and competitiveness to a blog. Just check out Fletch's Blog Cabins every Sunday and Tuesday.

- Do More Blog-A-Thons! I've attempted blog-a-thons in the past, even some wherein I ask for guest posts... but nobody ever responds. So would this be something you'd be more interested in if I tried it again?

- Do More MeMes! I think I've done one or two of these ever on my blog, but they're only interactive in that those who I tag have to do them... so not super exciting, but it gets out of the monotony of movie reviews.

- No Interactive/More Articles! If you don't care to interact with others or me, but you want more themed articles about movies or whatnot, let me know. I haven't done an article in ages, but I'd be willing to write some if y'all are interested.

- Some Or All Of The Above! If you think I should do multiple choices of those on this list, choose this option. But if you do, hit me up in the comment section and let me know which ones you'd like to see specifically. I'm specifically not setting it to let you choose multiple options, because I wanna hear straight from you that you want multiples of these and that it's not just different people choosing different options.

- Keep At What You're Doing! If you just don't agree with any of the above and just want movie reviews... you're fine with just reading my opinion on films and (sometimes) books.

Anywho, I hope y'all let me know what's going on and what y'all would like to see about the site. I'd love the feedback.


  1. Since you called me out (thank you), I want to point out something about some of the things I do: it's a double-edged sword. I think people (my readers, readers in general, me) like a little stability and a schedule, but nothing crazy. So I have a few days where I run the same things, but a few days where it's free form. After awhile, some of the scheduled ones that feel like work, but that feeling is fleeting, especially when people (seem to) enjoy them. Still, it makes me look forward to the free form stuff more.

    But I think regular games can certainly add an appeal to a site, and speaking just for myself as a blog reader, they are something that will keep me coming back time and again. Hopefully, when folks do that, they check out some other things that are written.

    What I'd specifically like to see from you, since you asked, is more passion and creativity. Bored with writing reviews all the time? Fine - write an editorial about something that you really like or don't like about a movie, or movies in general.

    How's that for starters?

  2. Fletch: That's super helpful. I understand what you mean about the schedule. I used to run a pretty basic schedule (that I still try to meet). P.E.S.T. on Thursdays (or Tuesdays, depending), DVDs Or Death on Mondays, and whatever any other day of the week (Fridays or Saturdays generally lend themselves to newly released to theater reviews).

    I've been toying around with some game ideas, but nothing concrete yet. I've also thought of doing some uber-rebuttals against other articles that I've read, but either got too upset at the stupidity of these articles or just forgot to actually do them.

    As for editorials... I just have trouble thinking of some these days, but I do want to do them (that's what I meant by 'articles').

    Thanks a bunch.

  3. Being new to the blog, well, it's all new to me, and I'm diggin' it. But if you're bored, I'd second Fletch's comment, shake it up!

    Personally, I'm a fan of impassioned editorials and the blog-a-thon things seems intriguing. Although, I'm not quite sure what that would entail. I've not seen games done, but I am a fan of the regularly scheduled theme posts. So, I'd say keep those coming too!

    In fact, you've given me some ideas for my blog. Just what I need, more ideas...

  4. Regularity is key but it's hard to keep it fresh. I have a bunch of columns that I return to now and then, but the only one I try to hit every week is 80's Trash of the Week. Sometimes it's hard to fit to a strict structure.

    I guess you get out of it what you put into it? If you enjoy games, do it. I used to write fiction regularly, I've had short stories published, and I've found that setting a specific time helps for more important things like editorials.

    I disagree with you on Joss Whedon, but I thought that was a good post. I've found that if you're not passionate about something, it can be quite difficult to make anyone care about reading it. But make an event out of your editorials. I learned the hard way, most of the posts I care most about got read the least because I didn't make a big deal out of them.

    Which is why I always participate in blogathons that say "pick your X favorite posts!"


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