ControverSunday: The verdict. Sort of.

Okay team, you have thoroughly confused me with the polling results for the ControverSunday poll.

Now before I influence your vote, you can still vote. And PLEASE do. Either I have way less readers then I thought or most of you didn’t vote. So again, here is the poll.


Okay, so yeah, you have confused me. The voting, as of today (October 12th) is a dead tie between all three options. Based on your comments I have come to a couple conclusions.

1. This time of year is really truly crazy. And I know some of our regular contributors have a bunch of stuff going on.

2. I am all for the loose rules re: when people post. But I do think part of the reason that fewer people post is that feeling of ‘by the time I get to writing my post, it is has all been already said.’ So I wonder if we had more time between the topic announcement and the posting date and then encouraged others to really post on that date, if it would help.

3. Truth be told, while I love that ControverSunday has shown us that many of us do agree for the most part, a little actual controversy- or at least difference of opinion- probably would help to get people engaged. I, for one, would also be really interested to hear what others have to say and challenge my thoughts a bit. So it would be great to get some people with different perspectives involved.

4. Non-parenting topics would be great. I am all for this. But I do need some suggestions- what do you want to talk about. What would get the controversial juices flowing? What are the hot topics that get people talking around the dinner table?

In conclusion, I haven’t come to a conclusion yet. I am still looking for input. In the mean time… an other poll? Just kidding. But I would like your thoughts on these 3 options:

a) Only do ControverSunday when a really good juicy topic comes up. Making it a more sporadic meme based on what people are already talking about.

b) Do ControverSunday less often- maybe every other week. Suggest topic week 1, post week 2 and so on, so there is more time to get posts written and really encourage people to post on the same day.

c) Say goodbye to ControverSunday. I mean, after all, only 9 people responded to the poll. Maybe that in itself is saying something….



6 responses to “ControverSunday: The verdict. Sort of.

  1. Ginger October 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hmm, after reading all of your points, thoughts, suggestions, here’s what I think I would do if I were in charge:

    Make it a more sporadic meme (every other week, maybe, or even once a month). Give LOTS of time for the subject–maybe even announce the next topic on current topic posts (and gentle reminders leading up to the posting day/week).

    I’d also include a wider variety of topics. Here are some ideas based on various conversations I’ve found myself in lately that could kick start other folks: arts education vs. sports in a world where obesity and inaction plague our children, in-laws or extended family(when to give in and when to fight), digital privacy–is it a myth or can it be accomplished, new study that 82% of toddlers have an online presence–is this creepy, and/or how do you think this will affect these kids growing up?, where’s the line between online bullying and disagreeing?, does having a kid/growing older/changing your stage in life change your views on abortion (if you want to get into the heavy hitters)?

  2. Jen October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I like your option A. Or go monthly.

  3. Megan October 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I like the idea of the stricter posting date. But, that’s because I’m one of those procrastinators who then gives up because she feels everything has been said. That, coupled with more notice (say, a week) would probably work out for me.

    But, of course, it isn’t all about me. 🙂

    Oh, and I love Ginger’s topic suggestions.

  4. Mama Tortoise October 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for taking all this on! I’d love to start taking part again in ControverSundays and I’m happy with whatever ‘rules’ you set. I think that less often might be a good start.

    Topic suggestions:
    – kids’ activities – how much is too much?
    – Increases in recalls of kids’ toys (like the massive Fisher Price one last month) – do parents actually follow up on these when there are so many to keep track of? And do we actually get rid of the product or do we tolerate the defect?
    – Saving for kids education – I know that it sounds boring, but there was a broadcast that I heard last week talking about how parents don’t have enough for their kids university and how few parents even begin to save. And is it presumptuous of those of us who save to think that our children are university-bound? Does this cast some weird light on our parenting and our expectations?

    Just some ideas that I’ve had in my head lately.

    Keep it up!

  5. noodledaddy October 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    One other thought I had, and it might be sacrilegious to say…is the Sunday part of ControverSunday part of the problem? I know for me, Sunday’s are usually my “get things done day” so if I don’t write something Friday or Saturday, chances are really good it’s not going to happen on Sunday. That could just be me though, and a function of my schedule.
    Food for thought.

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