Stale is a nasty word. It makes me think of television shows or book series that have gone on too long, or even—oh, the horror!—packets of cheese crackers that have been opened and then forgotten in some obscure corner of the snack cupboard.
This blog has been up and running for more than a year, and I don’t want it ever to become stale. My typewriter monkeys and I are considering making some changes in direction for TMTF, and today’s post is to give you—yes, dear reader, you—an opportunity to shape this blog’s future!
I’m thinking of discontinuing the Turnspike E-mails. These posts are TMTF’s version of The Screwtape Letters, a book by C.S. Lewis that explores Christian ideas from a demon’s perspective. I’ve used the Turnspike E-mails to reflect upon (and sometimes to vent about) various spiritual issues. However, I’m not satisfied with the Turnspike E-mails. I don’t feel like I’m doing C.S. Lewis’s excellent idea justice.
Shall I stop writing the Turnspike E-mails?
I’m also considering discontinuing book reviews. While they’re fun to write, I haven’t been consistent enough in posting them to justify their existence as a regular feature of this blog.
Shall I keep the book reviews or stop writing them?
I intend to continue writing several categories of posts. The About Writing posts are here to stay, of course, as well as the That Time I _____ posts in which I share anecdotes of odd adventures I’ve had. (I’m running out of stories, but I still have a few up my sleeve.) I’ll definitely keep my reflections upon the Christian faith, my commentaries upon video games, my posts about random topics and, of course, TMTF’s ever-popular top ten lists.
Depending upon feedback, I may feature some of these categories of posts more or less often.
Which of these categories do you want to see featured more often? Which do you want to see featured less often?
I’m thinking of adding a new feature highlighting authors whom I appreciate. These posts would be titled Why [Insert Author Name] Is Awesome, and would introduce writers, explain what makes their writing significant and recommend one or two books with which a beginning reader can start.
Is this a good idea for a new feature?
I’d also like to feature more creative writing. While I probably won’t feature any more serials like The Infinity Manuscript for a long time, there are some short stories I’d like to share.
I’d also love to write some dialogues between characters from fiction. Titled Chance Encounters, these brief conversations would explore different topics from the point of view of famous characters. Scout Finch and Huck Finn might discuss racism, human nature and growing up. Dante and Christian (from The Divine Comedy and The Pilgrim’s Progress, respectively) may reflect upon a person’s journey toward God, or Kefka and the Joker may chat about nihilism, anarchy and why stuff ought to be destroyed. Personally, I find the idea of putting certain characters in the same room together irresistible.
If I published creative writing on this blog, it would be on Wednesdays in order not to interrupt the usual Monday and Friday posts. In other words, creative writing pieces would be an addition to regular blog posts, not a replacement for them. Unlike blog posts, which are posted twice weekly, creative writing wouldn’t follow any kind of schedule. Rather, it would be posted only when I had something ready to post—probably once or twice a month.
What are your thoughts? Would the addition of stories and dialogues make this blog better, or clutter it with unnecessary posts?
The stated purpose of this blog is “to impart hope or understanding or inspiration—or at the very least a healthy laugh—to someone who needs it.” I want this blog to make you think, or to make you smile.
This brings me to my final question.
What more do you want to see from this blog? How can my typewriter monkeys and I serve you?
My monkeys and I want to make this blog the best it can be. We want to brighten the lives of our readers, and we can’t do it alone.
Your suggestions, criticisms and advice are much, much appreciated. Please, comment away!