Monday, August 31, 2009

A survey for our readers

Hello everyone, the Historian here, with a request for all of our readers. As we approach the end of the first season, Ketina and I have been considering the future. Not of the Project itself (we're having too much fun watching each episode!), but the blog posting. There's no question that we've gotten a bit more complicated in posting than in, say, our first episode post, with detailed summaries and overviews/reviews. Ketina has admitted to some blog fatigue; I'm still enjoying it, but there's no question that each post is a lot of work. They take us, on average, about an hour to put together, not least because of the summaries! And, of course, we're doing this without any feedback from you folks (some of whom we know, some of whom we don't). So, as we near our first real landmark, I'm asking each of you to take a moment and leave a comment. Or e-mail us at tadisproject at gmail dot com (yes, tadisproject; typos are bad, especially if you don't catch them before the entire blog has been set up). Feel free to give us any feedback you'd like, but if you could include something about the following, I'd appreciate it:

What do you like about the posts? What do you enjoy? What don't you like? Is there anything you'd like to see us change?

Do you enjoy the summaries? I make them detailed so, even if you haven't seen the episode in question, you'll be able to follow along (especially important with reconstructed episodes). Are they too detailed? And what about the format? (A constant argument between Ketina and myself.) I put it all in one paragraph to make it easily skippable if people want to just jump to the review, but would people like it to be broken up more? How would you prefer to see the summaries, or would you rather do without them altogether?

As for the reviews, how do you enjoy them? Are they dull, pedantic, whatever, or do you find our insights interesting? Is there anything you can suggest that we're not doing?

Please, prove to us that people really are reading and following along! Let us know what you think! I'll put a link to this post to remind people for the rest of the season (five whole weeks), so please comment or e-mail by then. Thanks from both of your hosts and we'll see you in a few days for the second episode of "The Reign of Terror." Until then, and with my thanks for reading this, I remain



Anonymous said...

Don't get too excited Historian, this is just Ketina.
Please comment folks. Without readers (even just one or two of you) we have much less encouragement to continue the blogging as we have. So we'll blog if you read, but we'd really appreciate it if we knew how many of you, if any of you, are reading.

The Historian said...

This is a test. We've had one person e-mailing, saying he can't comment without having a blog, so I am giving this a try. FYI, readers, you can always leave a comment using the "Anonymous"option, but leave your name in the comment itself.

Anonymous said...

Want to see the season summary... I've been the most curious about the overall feeling you'll have season to season, not necessarily about any one episode (since you've seen 'em all already). Does slowing the pace and forcing the order really make you savor or understand particular episodes? Were some of them worse than you remember? Etc.

The Historian said...

Hello, Anonymous! I think a lot of what you are asking for has been covered in both the individual episode and the various wrapup posts, especially the one for "Keys of Marinus," but I'll be sure to include something about that in my Project assessment part of the season wrapup.

I know you say you're less interested in the individual posts, but are you enjoying what we're doing with them? Do any of our observations ring true or false with you or make you reassess your own ideas? Or are they just boring as hell? Do you skip the summaries or enjoy them?

Thanks for commenting!