I was going to post another proper MyTake tonight, probably something about social justice or politics or something like that. But just as I was about to write it I thought "what's the point." Sure, the MyTake will probably be promoted (as an editor, it can be demoted, but only if it's really bad, otherwise it's automatically promoted). And it will probably get a few replies. But ultimately it's just another MyTake in a sea of MyTakes. I'm probably tired of whatever I'm writing about so I have to fake enthusiasm. And in the end I'm just looking for something to fill my weekly MyTake quota. And rarely, if ever, am I happy with how the MyTake turns out. And half the time I'm falling asleep when I'm writing it. And the audience response is just as lukewarm. Half of the replies indicate the MyTake wasn't read. I'm not blaming anybody- I don't even have the patience to read through my entire MyTake before posting it.
Instead of repeating that cycle, and getting burnt-out writing MyTakes I've decided to change my approach to writing MyTakes. I want the MyTakes I post to be fresh, exciting, and different. I want to try something new. Not just serialize them- something truly new. Something that has never been done before.
I recently bought a computer so I could start making Youtube videos. I can't wait to start. But some topics don't work well for a Youtube video. Some topics work better in MyTake form.
I have a few ideas for how I can make my MyTakes awesome and enjoyable, but in order to truly achieve that, I need some community feedback. So this MyTake is going to be something a little bit different. I will be asking a series of questions/taking a survey. Answer these questions as best you can and tell me whether you are a MyTake writer, a MyTake reader, or both.
Long or short?
More pictures or less pictures?
Multiple styles or just one?
Introduction or no introduction?
"Let's get right into the news. Big news in the community this week. Two Youtubers are BRAWLING in public."
"Two Youtubers were caught brawling in public this week"
This one requires a little explaining. I don't know if everybody does this, but I always try to crowbar in some joke or mildly amusing tidbit to entertain the reader. Do any other writers do this? Do you, as a reader enjoy this. Would you appreciate less natural humor or more forced humor.
Do you like being asked to share your thoughts, or is that unnecessary because you can do that as is? Should the writer make an effort to reach out to the reader and get their thoughts and opinions, or is that unnecessary and cheapens the overall MyTake?
Statistics and studies?
While they strengthen a point of view, statistics and studies can also exhaust the reader. Do you prefer having this additional info/providing this additional info or would you rather it be left out/leave it out.
Formal or informal?
College or HS level vocabulary?
Serialized or standalone?
Organized or jumbled?
Meticulously planned or on the spot?
Be as detailed as you would like regarding what you do and do not like when it comes to reading MyTakes. Any information helps.