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Feb 07, 2019 18:57:28

About 200wad topics of the week

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Jason Leow

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Do some weekly topics work better than others? Some ruminations after 4 topics so far...

So far we had 4 topics of the week:

1.  Moving

2.  Unpaid roles

3.  Imperfections

4.  My first thought was to say no, but I said yes and what followed changed my life...

I noticed many people wrote about "Moving" (though maybe that could be due to it being the maiden topic of the week). Similarly for "Imperfections" - I wrote 3 posts from it myself! But what's interesting to see if how people had interpreted the topic broadly and offered their own take. For example, for "Moving", it was moving from city to city, or about health and exercise. Being broad and vague lent itself to more creative interpretations it seems. 

Another interesting observation: the longer the topic, the lesser posts there were. Correct me if I'm wrong (maybe there's data about it @baz?), but it seems the more words there are, the lesser people wrote about it, am I right? I say so because the latest one - my own contribution which got selected as the weekly topic - ended up being something I couldn't even write a post for. Too specific and therefore restrictive perhaps. I struggled to think of one incident where I experienced that sentence (first thought no, then yes). The irony! It felt like a cool topic to write for that the moment of suggestion, but it turned out pretty hard!

Lastly, I wonder if verbs are easier to write since it's about an action around something, anything, while nouns are fixed descriptors of things and tends to be more specific? It felt like there were more stuff written for "Moving" than say for "Imperfections" and "Unpaid roles", so maybe there's a pattern here too.

So what's the magic formula for a great and engaging weekly topic? Probably something that is:

  • Broad and vague that can be interpreted a myriad of ways
  • One word seem to work better than long sentence(s)
  • More verbs, less nouns

What do you think? Are there other useful guidelines for a weekly topic that I missed out?

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    @jasonleow - I wrote on unpaid roles, imperfections and letters to young self... No pattern there I guess...

    The last week's topic was exceptional hard for me. I considered it but the last part was difficult for me to write on... Changed my life forever ...

    Few things have been that dramatic for me :)

    Keni avatar Keni | Feb 07, 2019 16:43:29
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      @keni You're consistent and that's great! The patterns I'm talking about is from the community as a whole, not individuals. Yeah regarding that last topic - I suggested it. And I couldn't even write something on it haha. Agree about the "dramatic" part - few things had been drama for me too. Lesson learnt.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 08, 2019 12:55:29
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    @jasonleow Broad and vague works from what I have observed, because brings out a great variety of ideas, themes and points of view.

    Amar Vyas avatar Amar Vyas | Feb 07, 2019 17:19:42
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      @amarvyas yes thought so too. Sounds logical that it would be so, because it can be approached from many different angles hence everyone can have something to say

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 07, 2019 21:38:57
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    @jasonleow correlation is not causation :P it's been only 4 weeks, hard to predict

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 07, 2019 18:13:06
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      @basilesamel yeah indeed. Just early thoughts and commentary. The one coming up might prove the long topic condition invalid perhaps! But food for thought anyhow...

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 07, 2019 19:16:30
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