EDIT: The cancellation of the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics is... uncancelled! After talking with others about it, I think we're just going to have both.
TL;DR: New topic coming Monday. Spans the entire week. Is about your plans, accomplishments, and feelings. Come discuss.
For those who don't know, I decided to start posting these topics after I ran across this comment by @cadadr. I knew that Lobsters, another link aggregation community that I love, ran weekly "What are you doing this weekend?" and "What are you working on this week?" posts and that these did two things:
They often got a good deal of participation and broke the mold of an otherwise technology focused community, with interesting results.
They provided an excellent opportunity for new users to participate with a low barrier to entry.
So, I started posting the "What are you doing this weekend?" topic as a series because I realized the reasons that idea is successful on Lobsters also make it successful here. On Tildes, it breaks the mold of in-depth discussion with interesting results and provides an opportunity for new or quiet users to participate without much of a barrier to entry. I see it as a way to facilitate community engagement.
I think, so far, the topics have worked out well and I've enjoyed posting them, but I want to extend the time period during which discussion can be held in them. Obviously, there's no rule saying people can't comment on those topics after the weekend is over, but people have communicated to me that they still feel weird about commenting on those topics even on a Sunday, or they feel weird talking about what they did that weekend, rather than what they planned on doing.
So now I've (maybe foolishly) committed myself to the task of solving all of these problems with a replacement to the "Weekend" series of topics with something that runs throughout the week and is a little more free-form. I still want the focus to be on people's plans, goals, and actions throughout the week (including weekends), but I don't want them to feel odd about participating at a certain point or in a certain way. I also want to continue mentioning that it's okay to discuss how they are doing as well, if they don't want to discuss what they are doing.
I've made this topic separate from my last "Weekend" topic so that my ramblings here (and any discussion spawned from it) won't take over that topic.
The main point of this change is to make the window larger. The "Weekend" topics were nice, but they were only dedicated to three days. I want users to feel like they can interact with whatever this new topic will be any time throughout the week, that they can discuss their plans, their accomplishments, or even just how they're feeling. I don't want to say that I want to increase community engagement, but I do want to make it easier for that to happen. So, if the community wants to engage more, they'll have an easier time doing so.
I'm still trying to decide what the title and text of the new topic should be, but whatever it ends up being, it will start being posted on Monday, around 11:00 AM US Central Time.