Topic of the Week: Do You Care About the Topic of the Week?

For over two years, I’ve put up a topic of the week up every Friday for everyone to discuss. But do you care? I’m debating whether to keep posting a topic of the week or simply go dark on Fridays, as I do on Wednesday. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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44 Comments on "Topic of the Week: Do You Care About the Topic of the Week?"

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ChuckMO
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Honestly, it depends on the topic. For the most part I would say 50-75% of the topics garner enough of my interest to read them. Perhaps you could roll it over to your blog followers and take a random topic from one of us.

James Burke
Guest

I enjoy it for the most part. I’m not the most active commentor, but I do enjoy the debate and discussion that comes up

David
Guest

Some weeks it’s interesting, other weeks it’s dull. Can only suggest picking a topic that will be of interest to a wide range of your readers and looking back through previous weeks to see which issues garnered the most comments…
If you find yourself struggling with time in the week, drop the Friday topic rather than the Mon, Tue or Thurs posts….

Neil S
Guest

Keep it. I like most of them.

Axelsarkiss
Member

It’s been two years?

Man, I remember when it was new and it feels like it was yesterday…

Nick Barnard
Member

I remember and miss the daily Monday through Friday posts.. I think I’m finally over my withdraw on Monday and Friday.

Oliver
Guest

Monday? That’s not withdrawal (there is a post on Mondays), that’s hangover :)

Ben G
Guest

I’m with most of the others. I enjoy the Topic of the Week in general, though some weeks it definitely generates better content than others. The best weeks seem to be when the discussion is about something topical like a news story in my opinion. I say keep it around but don’t force it. If there is something that you feel is worthy of a discussion than post it. If it’s a light week, don’t feel pressured.

Sanjeev M
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The topic should stay. Generally it can be something that you couldn’t get to in the week or don’t have much additional to write about. Examples include the Jet-Etihad stake, AC-TK codeshare. As you know we love the discussion on here, so even a topic off the top of your head is fine for us to make it a sort of end all comment thread for the week.

Thanks!

TimH
Member

I’d say, keep it but maybe add something like a poll to get people’s opinions quickly, then let people expand. It means that a casual viewer (such as myself) might actually participate – via the poll – which would in turn make me more likely to read the discussion.

speaketh
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Topic of the week is definitely better than nothing on Fridays. I just have trouble remembering to come back later in the day to read the discussion…

David SF eastbay
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It’s your blog so you do what you think is best for you, but I still haven’t gotten over no Wednesday :-) For a Friday topic you could just keep it as simple as asking what everyone thinks on a generic subject like: checked baggage, codeshares, O’hare, etc. Then just let readers go with thoughts/ideas/horror stories/etc on that one or two word subject. You can take a couple of minutes and set up a whole months of Fridays topics to post on those dates and don’t really need to have something happen in the news to make a topic out… Read more »
MeanMeosh
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I second ChuckMO’s idea. I like the Friday Free-for-All for the most part, but perhaps make it a “reader submitted” category that you can choose at random.

Steve Kalman
Guest

Quality is more important than quantity.

I’d rather see it go to every other week or once a month, than to see strong topics mixed with weak.

DesertGhost
Guest

I’ve noted that you sometimes post on Wednesdays. It’s obviously driven by a timely issue. To me, that seems like the best way to approach Fridays.

Holly Hegeman doesn’t always publish her news letter on a predictable schedule. Sometimes there’s not much to write about.

I really do think that in the next few years, the airline business will become less interesting because of the stability this last major round of consolidation should bring to it.

I enjoy reading your posts, but you also have to spend your time on things which generate income for you.

Southeasterner
Guest

Bring in a guest blogger.

How about someone who recently retired from the industry and has some fun insider stories to share?

NyCBoI2ThEMaX
Guest

I like them alot although sometimes periodically they get a little too esoteric in their focus (Vision Airlines) or be a bit dry (Which Airline Had the Best Q4 Results? Worst?)…

But as a whole… I think they make for a decent read and are definitely preferable to nothing…

cadams1412
Member

I always read them, but never comment. They’re ok.

timlsurfer
Member

I always enjoy the lively discussion! :-)

noahkimmel
Member

rather a topic over dark!

okeeffe
Member

Guest blogger? Boo!
Dark on Wednesdays? Boo!
Dark on Fridays? Boo!
No such thing as too much Cranky!

Tom Erdman
Guest

In all honesty, i seldom read one completely. I praise your efforts but I haven’t seen many that actually grab me.
Sorry!
As background, most of my flights are international from an Eastern gateway to either Frankfurt, Munich, or Vienna. Domestically, I use Southwest whenever possible. I really try to avoid American and United. I never fly from any Eastern corridor city to another Eastern corridor city. If I am flying internationally, I usually fly SWA to my international departure city and stay overnight so I have no hassel on the day of departure. I’ve never missed a flight.

lipoffrog
Member

I eagerly await all of your posts – the blog, topic of the week, and the Saturday post. I don’t view myslef as a commenter, so if the topic of the week left, I would understand. If it did leave, I would suggest having your blog posts on M, W, F, instead of M, T, Th.

That said, I do look forward to seeing what the topic of the week is each week.

LD

revike4
Member

AS A SOMETIMES “CRANKY” TRAVEL CONSULTANT I DO READ 90% OF YOUR POSTINGS AND REFLECT UPON THEM, BUT WITHOUT COMMENT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. SOME DAY THE “CRANKY” FLIER WILL BECOME THE “HAPPY” FLIER/CONSULTANT.

jaybru
Member

Having drunk the Kool-Aid, Cranky, anything you write is interesting, but…!

Keep us wanting. Let Fridays go dark. Save it for your regular posts.

Of course, if you simply want us to know someting hot, something too hot to wait, go to it. Let the Spirit, or whatever, move you!

jlb54061
Member

The question I have is do YOU, The Cranky Flier, care. Do you read it? Does it give you inspiration for other topics for the blog? With out it you would be down to just 3 days. How would that effect the blog readers enthusiasm? As far as I am concerned, as the others have stated, it depends on the Topic.

j.monat
Member

Keep it! Most topics provoke at least a little thought, some a lot and good exchanges. But the most important latent consequence of Friday topics (and Wednesday blog) is that it keeps your brand visible at minimal cost. Nothing like brand exposure to expand your business.

Betsy
Guest

I am with the majority….it topic is provoking for me, I will read it but I could wait a day or two also. Totally up to you.

stevezwerin
Member

Brett, do what’s best for your business. I enjoy reading your work, but I’m with the folks who suggested a compromise: drop the Friday post if you’re busy that week, but add it in the weeks when you have time to do it. If it’s not “mandatory,” then you give yourself the flexibility to determine whether you’re able to post for Friday or not. For us readers, if a Friday post shows up, great. If not, we’ll figure you’ve been busy. Either way, good luck!

norrington
Member

It’s yours, you do it if you have time, if not we will understand.

Randy
Guest

I check every Friday to see the topic and the opinions of your community.

marshall
Member

Hard to believe it’s been two years! I say keep it going. I read every week.

qmwolfe
Member

Keep them going!

Nick Barnard
Member

Sometimes, I find the discussion to not be very entertaining. Although what about using the occasional blank Wednesday (or even the Friday) to run a poll and/or request topics.

I think it’d also be fine to have a “free for all” discussion.

Cook
Member

Ditto Comment Number One, ChuckMO.

davidthomson_98
Member

Not really. I enjoy your blog immensely, this topic thing not at all.

KB
Guest

I miss the daily posts and would hate to see Fridays go dark too.

Maybe instead of an individual topic, you could put a list (2-4) of linked news articles from the week and a few quick thoughts by you to seed the conversation (not unlike what you do now, but with some Cranky opinions). Maybe also encourage users to introduce new topics for discussion.

dwright
Member

I like the topic of the week. I usually read it even if it is a subject that I haven’t previously cared about.

BJ
Guest

I enjoy the TOTW especially when its getting into controversial areas. I also enjoy the guest posts. Anything is better than black.

yo
Guest

More Family Airline news!

Axelsarkiss
Member

Hear, hear!

I’ve seen nothing new… Latest is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHFF7ByCe3s

Jim
Guest

How about a poll of the week on stories covered to see which story had the most interest?

Bill from DC
Guest

Good! Keep it! If it’s a minimal time investment for you, that certainly seems better than being “dark” 10 times out of 10. Also like the occasional “free for all” idea, that could be interesting.

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