The Return of EXP Share?

Merry New Year everyone! I hope you had a good holiday season if you are into that type of thing. Production over at Tales From the Backlog is ready to go back into full swing, and I’m looking forward to some of the things that I have in the works. One idea that I have been working on is the return of the EXP Share community topics that ran from October 2020 and suddenly ended in June 2021. I didn’t intend on it ending so quickly and had plans to return to it, but first it needed some tweaking. I believe I have come up with some changes that would improve it, so today I wanted to ask everyone in the community if they would like for this event to return. This is basically an interest call to see if anyone is still interested in it. Here are some new ideas that I have for “Season 2”:

  1. EXP Share topics occur on a bimonthly timeframe. The problem I was having with the original format is that it was hard to come up with an original idea each month for a topic. On a bimonthly schedule, there should hopefully be more time to come up with a topic that is fun but not something too simple. Of course if you like simplicity that is fine.
  2. New “Host” for every prompt. I am one person with limited ideas. One idea I had was to find someone new each month to host the EXP Share topic for that month. They would be the one to choose the topic, post the results, and select the next host for the following month. I personally like this idea since it would feel more like a community event rather than one person coming up with everything. Do you like this idea? Would an EXP Share Discord help with organization? Of course there is no pressure if someone volunteers you to take over next, but you are unable to.
  3. Planned Breaks and Restart Times. I imagine that at some point things might get stale. Maybe having defined start and end dates will help? I’m unsure unless you all would like to keep the train going.
  4. Open the topics up to other forms of media and topics. Topics don’t just have to be about video games anymore. I know most of us like to write about games, but we do have other interest outside the virtual one. Get creative and ask to share things about the other hobbies that we enjoy. It might incline others outside the video game realm to want and participate in the future.

Those are my proposed changes to the format. I would like to know what all of you think since this thing can’t work without others participating. There are somethings that might need a little more fleshing out, but there would be time to do that before the first event goes live. Leave a like or a comment to let me know of your thoughts.


4 thoughts on “The Return of EXP Share?

  1. Kim January 13, 2023 / 3:30 am

    I love this! EXP Share was always fun so I’d definitely take part again. 🙂

    The ‘hosts’ idea sounds like a good one, and it takes the pressure off of you a little bit. And I’m sure there are plenty of questions which can be answered for any media, so people could choose to write about video games or anything else they choose. Looking forward to hearing more!

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    • DaNamesX January 14, 2023 / 7:42 am

      Thank you for the feedback! I’m getting excited about the possibilities with the new format.

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  2. Naithin January 16, 2023 / 4:07 pm

    Bit of a delayed response but, tentatively interested as well. The ‘tentative’ is purely down to the fact that I’ve been somewhat lax on the blogging front in general recently, some of my spark for it has… I wouldn’t say died, but certainly burned low in the background.

    But often there is rejuvenation to be found in community projects, and I did enjoy the last round of EXP Share from the sidelines. 🙂

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    • DaNamesX January 17, 2023 / 10:48 am

      I remember when I first joined in 2019, there were a lot of community projects floating around the blog space. In recent years, I found that a lot of them have either ended or don’t show up as often anymore. I enjoyed them since it did help some people get creative with their writing since a prompt was given and it was fun to see how people answered them. I’m just hoping to recreate some of that charm for both ends. If I am honest I also enjoy just reading other people’s responses rather than answering my own question.

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