Tuesday, March 6, 2007

To theme or not to theme...?

We have been trying to decide over the last few days whether or not we should give each week a theme and still we haven't come up with a decision. The problem is we can see the merits of both having and not having a theme so we are going to let you decide, after all, you are the ones that are going to be writing each week not us.

For:
We are not talking about a strict 'you will write about this' type of theme, more of a loose 'your article should be inspired by this', kind of theme, which is needed each week to tie the articles together a little. Without one, whilst we may get many great articles, they probably wont gel well together in one issue if they are coming from all over the place.

A lack of theme each week could also put people off entering as the task 'write about anything' can be too daunting for many people and so they just won't bother.

Against:
It is you, the bloggers, the people who manage to find so much to write about each and every day that you fill millions of blogs, that we are talking about here. Do you really need or even want a theme to this magazine?

The worry with having a theme is that we are going to get too many same-ish entries and that by the time you get to reading the 5th article about 'winter' or whatever the hell the theme is that week, you will get bored and wonder off. wouldn't you prefer a myriad of different subjects to keep you interested and entertained?

A Bit of Both:
There is of course a compromise to had. It is possible for us to set 2 themes, one of which will be write about what ever the hell you want and the other will be the true theme. That way, those struggling for inspiration can go down the theme route and those that prefer to choose for themselves, can.



5 comments:

Jenn said...

Love the idea of this place! I am a chronic fence-sitter, so I voted a bit of both. For those time we need inspiration, there it is! For those times the muse is with us, we can still submit outside of a structure.

Looking forward to reading!

Doggy Mama said...

I love this idea and I'm looking forward to reading and adding to the mag.

By the way, I voted for "both" theme and no theme - which seems to be the popular vote!

- Doggy Mama

Peg said...

I like the "both" concept as well!

You could also have participants submit ideas for theme of the week...

Surviving Motherhood said...

Great idea Peg.

Lisse said...

I just stumbled on this from I don't even know where. It sounds like a great idea, and I hope to be able to participate at some point.

What if you had some open weeks and maybe a week per month that there was a theme?

Good luck with your project. I'll definitely be back.

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