As I have been mentioning, at the end of August my wife and I are expecting our first child. To say things are going to change would be a statement that is eligible for "understatement of the year". Obviously if things in my life are going to drastically change it definitely means things here at HJC are going to have to change as well.
Here's what WILL happen. This stuff really isn't up for too much debate...
The "I post everything" stipulation will have to go out the window. The past couple of months I have been posting 60-70 concepts a week, which is 12-14 a day. That number will come down significantly. Next, I can guarantee that there will not be a new post everyday containing 12-14 concepts. I love posting everyday, it gives me something to do. However, my new kid will now give me something to do and I'll have to find spare time for HJC. Finally, I can also guarantee that posts will not be regular (unless option 1 is chosen below). I won't know when I will get free time (if any) and I'll have to try and sneak in HJC time whenever I can.
What I propose...
My first idea is that I post one or two new concepts a day. This way I can sit down at my computer and put together a couple of weeks of auto-posts. I won't have the time to put together big 12 concepts posts, but I can do a bunch of small posts. I suppose it would be similar to the way Icethetics currently posts concepts. As I said above, this would remove the policy to post everything.
Another way to carry on would be to do one big post for the week. This post could contain up to 15 concepts and maybe more, but there would only be one post a week.
My third idea would be to go to a contest only format. These contests would run the same as they do now. I would open up the contest on the Monday and have it run until the end of the Sunday. Then on the next Monday readers would vote for their favourite concepts. The winner would be revealed on a Monday and that same day the next contest would start.
Those are three ideas that I came up with. What are your ideas?
What will happen to COTW/COTY?
No matter what format HJC takes on I will do my damnedest to make sure that the COTW carries on. Regardless of what's happening on the blog, the COTW always seems to be the backbone of the site. Winning contests and creating noteworthy concepts are nice, but people really seem to want to win that COTW! So, lets take for example the situations I laid out above.
If we go with the auto-posting of one or two concepts a day then we can have Committee Members email in their vote for COTW based on the handful of concepts that were posted in that week. No more nominating.
If one big blog post a week is the method we choose, then we can have votes emailed in again or we could just go with voting in the comments. Again, this would eliminate nominating.
If we went with the "contest only" format, the obviously the winners of the contests would be the COTW winners. This would only produce a COTW winner every other week, but that's okay.
Winners would then move on to the monthly and quarterly votes as usual.
How long will this new format be continued with...
There's no way of knowing this unfortunately. Making concepts and posting on HJC has become my hobby. It's what I do at the end of the work day to unwind. I will always try to make time for HJC and concepts. It may take a year or two, or three (and so on), but eventually HJC may return to how it is now. I will say that no matter what happens to HJC it couldn't be what it is without you guys, the readers. So no matter how this blog looks or what it turns into, I will always be appreciative of anyone who ever sends in a concept. Thanks guys!
Questions and comments...
I've put in my two cents and now I really need to hear from you guys. This is your chance to be heard. If your worried about what HJC could turn into then speak up! Do you like the ideas that I came up with? What are your ideas for the future of HJC? You might also want to come back periodically to this post so you can see other reader's ideas and questions and make your own comments on those.
If you have any questions about HJC or the future this is the place to ask them.