Topic of the Week: Should I Change This Feature?

Many years ago when I scaled back my writing, I decided to fill the Friday void with a “topic of the week” for you all to discuss. I’ve asked on a couple occasions whether you liked it and it should continue, and so far, you’ve decided that it was worth keeping. But now I have a different idea.

Do you like the topic of the week as is, or would you prefer a news-y roundup? I’m thinking something that would be “links I like” to stories that I found interesting but I wouldn’t be covering on the blog myself. You would, of course, still be able to discuss all those links in the comments. It just wouldn’t be as focused.

What say you? If you care, let me know in the comments.

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Grichard
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Grichard

I’d prefer a news roundup. At least it’s content.

Sam
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Sam

Roundup

zponline
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zponline

Roundup here too!

Baron Von Richtoven
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Baron Von Richtoven

News round-up sounds great especially if you include airport news

Steve Betzner
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Steve Betzner

Yep, news roundup.

JAXBA
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Topic of the Week. I read those, I tend to avoid roundup articles found on other blogs. :)

JMR
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JMR

I’d like a bit of both. Sometimes news, sometimes discussion.

A
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A

Meh, I can do my own roundup by searching news on all things aviation. I like the topic of the week. Not every topic is something I care to comment on but many are and I enjoy seeing the groups opinion.

Andy
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Andy

A roundup sounds great.

Alex
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Alex

I do actually like news roundups. I see many of the same articles pop up in these on other aviation blogs, but I appreciate the CF perspective on issues. And yes, I do read the topic of the week posts but have never interacted with one, so their value is probably lost on me. PS, unrelated, but I am not thrilled about the email subscription bar that has started showing up over the last week or so. It would be OK if it popped up once and then remembered that it had been banished, but it shows on every single… Read more »

Nick Barnard
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I had the same thought about the email subscription bar. I was actually kicking around figuring out how to block it.

Alex
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Alex

It’s already gone! Brett’s awesome :)

Nick Barnard
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Wow you’re right…

Now we need to think of what we should ask for his next trick.

Kilroy
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Kilroy

Brett,

I would like a news roundup, with the caveat that it would be much more of a value-add if you threw in a sentence or two of commentary/analysis after each link (think of it as your first reactions, quick take, etc). I think that would have the potential to really start some discussions in the comments.

Sean
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Sean

News round-up please. And if it’s not too much something like Kilroy asks for. Hopefully that wouldn’t be too time-consuming.

SEAN
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SEAN

Ditto.

http://www.seattletransitblog.com & http://www.streetsblog.com have this feature & it works well.

Jason Lemieux
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Jason Lemieux

Hey Brett,

Just a heads up that we’re going to be rolling out support for digests in Postmatic over the next few couple of months. If you enable it your users could choose if they want posts delivered by email daily, or a recap at the end of the week. It’s coming along nicely.

Jason

DesertGhost
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DesertGhost

I like the idea of doing whatever you think is best given the news or lack thereof. Maybe you can save yourself some time during a really slow week by letting the readers take over the space (with appropriate limitations) and make comments on issues they think are important at that given time.

zmiko
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zmiko

News round-up would be great

Leslie.Scott
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Leslie.Scott

Newsy roundup

bham181
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bham181

news roundup

Stu
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Stu

A news roundup with quick commentary on items would be huge; I think it would be great to see what catches your eye and why, and also, where/what sources you tend to read and find good content. You could also highlight a specific item for further discussion in the comments, a “link of the week” or something like that.

mailbox4now
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mailbox4now

Roundup!

gbarrett
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gbarrett

Yes, the new round-up would be more interesting.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thanks Brett,

I like your weekly “Topic”, and perhaps that can be incorporated into the new round up.

The danger is that the the round up may duplicate material that we already get – but let’s give it a shot!

Thanks for asking!

Oliver
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Oliver

Both!

Leave Friday as is, and post the roundup on Saturdays. Could include Cranky-related stories to not lose the current Saturday “feature”.

David SF eastbay
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David SF eastbay

I like it the way it is

Stevemvhs
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Stevemvhs

Yes, that sounds like a great new idea! I’d love to see a roundup.

budge48
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budge48

blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Prefer a news roundup

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broadcreek48
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broadcreek48

I would enjoy a newsy roundup of relevant links.. Long live Cranky!

Hawk
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Hawk

The Cranky Flier | Topic of the Week: Should I Change This Feature?

I like it the way it is.

nostephenson
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nostephenson

I personally subscribe to your posts by email and therefore do not see any comments on the weekly topic. But I read every email because I like your perspective snd comments. Therefore I think I would find value and interest in seeing and reading the news links you suggest. I would suggest you write 1-2 sentences why you selected the article and if you have any comments to share on the article.

I imagine the topics would be aviation focused but I would be open to general business or small business articles as well.

Southeasterner
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Southeasterner

News Roundup on Wednesday and Topic of the Week or guest post on Friday.

Jack
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Jack

Another vote for the news roundup. You’re the expert, so I’d prefer your recommendations for industry news over Google’s. A sentence or two of commentary is great, too.

dmrenn
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dmrenn

I’d like the “newsy roundup” with links you like. I find anything you write about to be interesting.
Thanks for all the “Cranky “writings !

Hawk
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Hawk

If the news links are in the Friday issue and are a recap of the week most of it will not be new news. The experiences and opinions you write about are of more value to me

stevezwerin
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stevezwerin

I vote for a roundup with a quick comment or two from you (if possible), as well. I appreciate your expertise on these types of issues. Thanks!

robert.odell
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robert.odell

I like your idea of a “links I like” weekly update. I’m sure you know of many that I would never see, but would like to, as I have the same interest in aviation as you do. Thank you.

Chicago Chris
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Chicago Chris

I would prefer the roundup, but you could just as well include it as part of your “Cranky on the Web” where you share articles you’re quoted in. It already acts like a roundup for me.

pddee
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pddee

In as much as variety is the spice of life, I’d go for the “links I like” as you have greater access to such items and the rest of us can take a peak or not. Thanks.

catherine.burnett
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catherine.burnett

Thanks for asking, Cranky!

I like the “topic of the week” instead of a news-y round-up. Selfishly, I get a ton of aviation news in my current role, but the topic that you select for Friday is often one I might not have stopped to read about/ponder if I missed it in my scan of headlines.

I would probably not even look at your news-y round-up, because I probably have already seen those same articles.

Enjoy your weekend!

airportecc
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airportecc

I think the newslinks are a great idea. Might there be a way for your loyal followers to send suggestions to you, or would that just overwhelm you?

Hey
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Hey

rown-em-up, cowboy!

spetro
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spetro

I like this idea?

flyplayne
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flyplayne

Kind of like the “newsy” idea. Thanks-Joel

sharon_worthington
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sharon_worthington

I am not much for commenting, but I like news round ups. Go with will of majority, or as you wish since it is your blog :-).

Sanjeev M
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Sanjeev M

Seeing the comments here is much more interesting. Too many other sites also do a news roundup with links floating around. If you want to do a news roundup on Friday (with some brief commentary), then make Wednesday a “Topic of the Week” for discussion.

Mark68
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Mark68

I like the roundup idea

Doug Swalen
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Doug Swalen

No opinion. I just wanted to say how very Meta of you to have a Topic of the Week be about the Topic of the Week…

Quincy
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Quincy

New Roundup! I’m curious to see what you read. :) Love your blog btw

Phil
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Phil

My vote goes to a news roundup please.

Leslie in Oregon
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Leslie in Oregon

I would prefer keeping the Topic of the Week as is (I relish the discussion it stimulates), and adding a news roundup as another aspect of your “Cranky on the Web” feature. Thanks for asking!

AJ
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AJ

News roundup sounds like a plan.

Cedarglen
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Cedarglen

Not a big deal, but I always scroll past it, looking for individual posts that I may have missed. IMO, it is simply not necessary and appears to be space-filling fluff. That said, CF’s unique posts are usually relevant to my interests and some of the best written in the field. Your posts are extremely well written, Brett, easy on the eyes and on the brain, simply because you write well. (Ahem, a rare trait among AV bloggers!) Write it, give it a reasonable title and smash the POST button, moving on to something else or, God forbid, running your… Read more »

Jmfarrey
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Jmfarrey

I think the news round up would be an interesting read.