The Brainstorming Series
Most regular readers of this site know how much I detest change. But that doesn’t mean that I’m totally against trying something new every now and then. To the delight of some and the dismay of others, I tried something new and different when I started the video segments of One Take Only in the summer of 2011.
From the looks of things, it appears most enjoyed having Paul Dalbey as a guest-blogger this past Wednesday. The first year or two that I had this site, I would have the occasional guest-blog from time to time. Somewhere along the way, that stopped for no apparent reason. Before Wednesday, the only person that had been sharing this spot lately was my wife, Susan, giving the occasional female perspective.
But I had an idea last week. I want to start a new series of posts here from time to time. The series will be known as The Brainstorming Series.
If you’ve ever had any type of job, you’ve probably taken part in a brainstorming session. Whether in an executive boardroom, an undersized conference room or huddled around a water-cooler in a manufacturing plant – you’ve probably been asked, or forced, to participate in some type of brainstorming session.
By definition, a brainstorming session is a discussion where anything goes. There is no such thing as a stupid or way-out-there-idea. Someone usually writes down every single suggestion on a particular topic and it is discussed. Some are immediately discounted for whatever reason, while others emerge out of nowhere as a great idea.
Such is the idea here with this series. As much as we love the on-track product, there are a lot of serious issues with the Verizon IndyCar Series. There has been no shortage of opinions on how the powers-that-be should go about fixing these issues. What I would like to do is take a couple of topics that are near and dear to my heart and throw out some wild crazy ideas on how things might be changed. Then readers would comment on the viability of such ideas and throw out their own ideas.
Ridicule and name-calling will be discouraged. Except for this past Monday, that doesn’t happen here very often. Instead, wild ideas are encouraged. Sometimes it’s the crazy and off-the-wall way of thinking that leads great ideas. I will refrain from using one of my least favorite corporate catch-phrases – think outside the box – but you get the idea.
After I take a couple of stabs at topics, I will open it up to guest bloggers. I have already contacted (I despise the term “reached out” – another corporate catch-phrase) a few select bloggers and also former IndyCar bloggers and have gotten a favorable response from many that are ready to get on board with this.
I don’t believe for a minute that Mark Miles and his closed circle of cronies ever sit down to read this site. But the hope here is that someone along the way may see an idea from writers or readers, and it is so good and revolutionary that it makes its way to the top.
Many of us care deeply for this sport and we are troubled by some of the things we are seeing and not seeing. Rather than getting on Track Forum and whining and complaining – this would be a way to discuss topics and offer possible solutions. At the very least, the worst thing that can happen is that we get a lot of things off of our collective chests.
So, here’s the plan – assuming there is nothing earth-shattering that happens in the next few days. So that I can enjoy the Fourth of July holiday by not sitting behind a keyboard, I will take off next Monday July 6th. Then on Wednesday July 8th, I will tackle a topic that I’ve been wondering about for a long time.
The Brainstorming series will not be a constant thing. They will be interspersed here and there with no regularity to the frequency. It will essentially be whenever I have a topic or question that is so hot, I need to discuss it by throwing out ideas. Or if any of the bloggers I contacted have a burning issue they want to discuss, they can contact me and let me know they’d like to post something.
This may be a royal flop, or we may find it to be something of great benefit. Trying something new like this is an act of brainstorming within itself. We’ll see how it goes.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July, and I look forward to everyone’s reaction and anticipation next Wednesday.