Hello everyone! Today's Thought is a very important one, and I really need people to read all of it. I would like to discuss the future of the site, and most importantly get feedback on what people, even those that don't visit often, would like to see. I will be giving away a $20 PS Store card for those that help as well. So please read on, and don't forget to leave a comment. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!
I have been working on GoingSony for a little over 2 years now. I have loved every minute of it, but I admit that it has been incredibly difficult at times to balance the site with other aspects of my life, including my other job. I would like nothing more but to focus completely on the site entirely, but my financial situation doesn't allow for that, at least not yet. But either way, I would like to increase growth on the site consistently. I will be the first person to admit that I have not given GoingSony the attention it deserves, and that is what I want today to be about. Getting ideas from users and non-users, hearing what it would take to get more people on the site at a daily basis. I want to throw myself at the site, and do everything I can help it grow, but I need your help.
For those that don't know, I am not the owner of the GoingSony. So I can't promise anything, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't suggest something you may think is impossible. I mainly have control over the actual content of GoingSony, but I can pass on any site request up to the people that control that. Below are some of my own ideas for things that can be done. To be clear, I am not saying that these things will happen, or will happen in the exact way described. But I would like to hear your thoughts on each one, and see if I can get some good feedback.
Ending daily Lgndary Thoughts.
Lgndary Thoughts is something that I started doing early on. They were supposed to be a response to RMC's "End of Day Thoughts", but they ended up evolving into something more. I have written almost 500 of them now, and that is actually part of the problem. Many days it is really hard to find something to write about. I prefer to write about a recent topic, but there isn't always something going on. And every topic, recent or not, isn't always suited for even a short few paragraphs of discussion. It often means that I have to turn a couple of sentences into a few paragraphs. One potential idea I had was to have a Lgndary Thought about once a week. This would change a few things. I would be less pressured to write about something for the sake of writing. And each Thought would be higher quality, as I would never have to rush it out on a daily basis.
Quantity over quality posts
When I first started here on GoingSony, I literally posted anything and everything. It didn't matter what it was, or where it came from, I was going to post it. Over time, I moved away from this approach, and have tried to post things that I felt were more relevant, and less filler. But that doesn't mean that I am against trying to post more stories, even if they seem like filler.
Quality over quantity posts
My time is limited, so when I post a story, I often post the core of a story and no more. A lot of other sites tend to have a write up for each post however, even if there is no new information. Gematsu.com is a great example of this. They don't post too many stories, but the ones that they do are very detailed. I'm not sure if the style of GoingSony is really set up for this, but it could be worth trying.
A larger social media presence
GoingSony does actually have a Twitter account (go follow it!), but I have been hesitant to use it too much. If the only thing people do is follow the twitter account and see news there, it doesn't really help the site grow at all. But I would be interested in seeing if people would prefer a different direction.
More original content
This one might be tricky, but more original content could be something that would help. What I like about the daily Lgndary Thoughts is that there is something original on the site every day. If I were to switch to only having a Thought once a week, I would feel the need to fill that gap with something else. I wouldn't be able to guarantee something new everyday, but having more original content in general would be good. A weekly comic is something that I have thought about doing. I know an artist, and we have talked about him collaborating with the site before. There would be some details that we would have to iron out, but it is something that could work. A weekly livestream is something else that I have considered doing. But I don't really know where to start as far as what I would actually be playing. Do people want to see an older game that not very many people are streaming at the time? Or would it be better to stream something newer even though everyone else is doing the same thing?
These are just a few of the ideas that I have had. I really want people to give me feedback about these, and more. There are no limits and no one should be hesitant to provide any kind of feedback, even if you think it is something that isn't possible. Feedback can be left in any way. A comment can be left below, you can send me a private message through the site, you can send me an email at Goingsony@gmail.com, and you can even leave a message on Twitter. For those that leave feedback, you will automatically be put in the running to win a $20 Playstation Store card. And the method that you leave feedback does not affect your eligibility. The card is a NA PSN card, and it will be sent to a randomly selected person early next week.