As I get ready to resume posting, I find myself mulling over some possibilities for changing the temporal structure of Only a Game. Although the primary role of this blog is to provide somewhere for me to empty my thoughts and get feedback on various drafts, an important part of the reason it works for me is because the blog is also a kind of community (albeit, a disparate band of people who flit in and out from time to time).
With this in mind, I wanted to open the floor to discussions as to ways I could change the sequencing of posts to make it easier for people to be involved.
For example, it was recently suggested to me I could serialise the bigger posts into shorter chunks, to be read more easily over a longer period of time. Now this entails more work for me, both in structuring said posts, and in linking them back into the architecture of the blog (immeasurably easier to link in a single post than a dozen short posts), but I'm tempted to try something in this vein as an experiment since I am keen to get my posts shorter if possible. I am about to write up my notes on Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition, and I may try this in a serialised form.
The following is the current template that I broadly adhere to:
- Monday - comments only
- Tuesday - short pieces (snippets, reflection or editorial)
- Wednesday - games
- Thursday - short essay
- Friday - long essay
Since we are currently in the middle of an "Ethics Campaign" ('campaign' in the sense it is used in role-playing games, since I see my blog as a non-fiction RPG), the essays currently tend to pertain to Ethics.
Things about which I'm interested in people's thoughts include:
- Is Friday the optimal time to post a long essay (in terms of generating discussion), or would it work better earlier in the week?
- Would a serialised sequence of shorter posts be more accessible than the larger pieces? If so, what sort of timings would be appropriate? Is once a week too infrequent? How would I fit this into my current 'schedule'?
- Anything other thoughts people may have on how the blog is currently run.
Thanks in advance for any opinions shared!