This week on The Feedback Loop, I’m taking a break from our usual content to talk about the blog in general, both its past and its future. As of this post, we have been publishing weekly content for a full year, which is a great accomplishment. There are certainly other judge blogs that have been operating longer, but those come with more ready-made structures, like Judge of the Week and the Rules Tip Blog. One of the ongoing challenges for The Feedback Loop has been coming up with the topics themselves, while remaining true to the heart of the blog: feedback. Put another way, “How much can we write about feedback?”
It turns out that the answer is “a lot,” and we’re not even close to done. Never one to rest on our laurels, we continue to look for new content creators and new types of content related to feedback. Over the next month, you’ll meet some new voices here, in particular two new editors, Erin Leonard and Elliot Raff. Adding these two will help us to better manage the current workload, and eventually give us the ability to expand our content. I don’t want to make any promises, but we have been discussing the long term goal of having content more than once a week.
A full year of continuous content doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a lot of work from a lot of people, and I am grateful that those people have contributed their time, effort, and words to this cause. First and foremost I owe a great debt to our Editor-in-Chief Angela Aliff. If I’m the beating heart of this blog, she’s the brain that keeps it all functioning and allows us to chew bubble gum and walk at the same time. Without Angela, we would have tripped and popped a bubble all over our face long ago.
I’ve run out of strange body part analogies, so I’ll just say that Joe Wiesenberg’s constant monthly presence with the Feedbag Q&A post has been huge in keeping the streak alive. (And as always, if you have a question for Joe relating to feedback, you can write to him via JudgeApps.) It’s nice to find a formula that works, and someone who consistently churns out quality content. I also want to thank Adam Eidelsafy for staying on for most of the past year with the My First Review posts. Those never quite clicked like we expected, but I know that Adam has been doing work that does resonate, and I’m confident that he’ll be back to tell us about it.
Also on the writing side, Erik Aliff (Scaling Feedback) and Jacob Milicic (Coaching) have provided some great running series. They’ve provided a nice consistency in voice and content. You can look forward to hearing more from them, as well as seeing more running serieses of content.
We’ve had several people contribute to pushing our social media presence. Brogan King’s Facebook group The Review Revue is always a source for a willing audience, but also follow up discussion and future topic ideas. Eric Dustin Brown, Sarah Ellis, John Brian McCarthy, and Erik Morton have all helped push links on various platforms, especially Reddit.
Finally, we owe a big thank you to you, the readers. Thanks for tuning in every week.