In this our fourth TG Topic, it's time to turn the attention to the future of TG Topics itself...
When I started Think Grand, I envisioned the TG Topics portion of the movement as a true online community forum — a place where ALL Escondido residents, groups, and business owners could come together to think big and discuss a wide variety of Escondido-related issues in a constructive way.
So far, I've been pleased with the results. We've posted three great topics so far, and what's most gratifying to me is the quality of the reader comments that have been posted after many of the individual articles. In contrast, the inflammatory and unproductive nature of reader comments in certain local newspaper forums has been a hot issue lately, so I'm thrilled to see that TG Topics is beginning to function as a high-quality, non-anonymous alternative.
That said, you may have noticed that our previous topic, Who are we?, was posted on the TG home page for quite awhile without a new topic following it. The reasons for the delay in presenting a new topic are very practical: As a person with a regular day job, a new business venture, and an ambitious volunteer effort in Think Grand (not to mention the need to occasionally take a vacation), I need to prioritize my day-to-day tasks. As I'm sure many of you can appreciate, especially in this economy, that's what's happened for me over the last month — work, business, and personal responsibilities have simply taken precedence, as I believe they should.
As the founder of Think Grand, I knew from the beginning that I would be responsible for creating the majority of the content presented initially in TG Topics, and I've embraced this responsibility — somebody had to "set the tone," if you will.
However, moving forward, TG Topics needs the assistance of thoughtful readers like you in order to thrive and become the incredible resource it can be.
The headline says it all: Now, it's your turn!
Three ways you can help TG Topics
- Let me know your honest thoughts about TG Topics
Be honest, I really need to know what you think! Have you liked the topics and articles presented so far? Is there something about TG Topics that bothers you? How often should we post a new topic — once a week? Once a month? More fundamentally, do you feel you even have time in your life for another media source like this, or are your existing newspapers, blogs, and Facebook interactions enough already? Let me know by commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Suggest specific future topics in comments below
Is the proposed charter city effort an important topic to you? Maybe you're more focused on redevelopment opportunities like the proposed ballpark or hotel? Or perhaps good news is more your thing, and you want to see more success stories from exceptional local people and businesses? Get specific and tell us your ideas for future TG Topics by commenting below. Anything goes, as long as proposed topics can be handled in a constructive and informative way.
- Go the extra mile... Create an article for TG Topics
Don't just suggest a topic idea — make it happen! Write an article for TG Topics (or create a video, photo gallery, or audio podcast). Learn more about the guidelines for article creation...
I'll close by leaving you with this thought... Escondido isn't some small town anymore. Instead, we're a city with 150,000 residents. With numbers like that, mass participation is critical. Even if I had all the time in the world, Think Grand shouldn't be just one guy and his website. Instead, Think Grand ought to be our collective movement, a way to truly come together and work to make Escondido a better place. With your help in both spreading the word, and participating in special tasks like improving TG Topics, you're helping to make that goal a reality, and I can't thank you enough!
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