Firstly, allow me to give my compliments. I think this bookclub did fairly well. As a reader, it definitely gave me the opportunity to think about and discuss numerous things about AIR; things that I would not have even thought about had I read it alone.
As a member of the podcast, it allowed me to vent my thoughts on it in a more real-time environment, which can, at many times, be more productive than simply talking about it on the forum.
As a listener of the podcast, it did serve as a culmination of things. The guys who participated in the podcasts gave a pretty good discussion that helped tie up some loose ends (well, I’m still waiting out on the AIR podcast hehehe), and they were able to link the forum discussion with their thoughts and others’ thoughts.
Now for complaints. Honestly, my biggest complaint with the bookclub was with the delays. Being somebody who followed the bookclub religiously (by not starting a route until the designated period starts), it kind of threw me off at times. I guess, primarily, it was the Misuzu route delay. I was pretty hyped to know what would happen next, but the change in pacing kind of disappointed me. It also came at an inconvenient time in that, because of the delay, I had to rush reading summer a bit, but I guess that’s more a personal issue.
I can accept that there will be problems with scheduling, especially for the podcast members, but my suggestion is to not let the podcast delays affect the bookclub schedule? Like, you could release the podcast a week later, but still start the route on time… Actually I do remember a time where the podcast was released almost a week after it was recorded, and I don’t think anybody had a problem with that.
The next complaint I have is not with the management, but rather, more with the community. There was so much excitement and activity during the Common portion of the bookclub. However, that activity died out as soon as the routes started. I’m just wondering why the community acted that way. Did they lose interest? Did they not have time to keep up? Or was the bookclub progressing too slowly for their interest to keep up? I honestly don’t quite know.
Last is an issue that I’m a bit on the fence about: pacing. Was 2 weeks per route too fast? Was it too slow? Or was it just right? I’m honestly a bit on the fence with this issue. Admittedly, for 2 out of the 6 routes, two weeks was perfect for me. I was busy with other things, and those things left me with just the right amount of time to read the scheduled routes. However, if I was left to read it of my own timing, I would have finished it within the first month, simply because I wasn’t busy during the first month.
If, for the next bookclub, the pacing was shortened to a week, for instance, I don’t know if I would be able to keep up with the pacing. What if a long route just so happens to come in at the same time that I have many things to do? Admittedly, there can be ways around this (like pre-reading parts of the next route if I am left with extra time), so it’s a bit of a minor issue.
I guess finally, I would like to thank everybody for helping me gain this sort of experience from reading AIR.
Firstly, thanks to the main podcast crew: @Aspirety, @Bizkitdoh, @Bowiie, @LinkThinks, and @Iotheria. It was really great to both listen and participate in the podcast, and even the pre and post podcast shenanigans were enjoyable XD
Thanks as well to the people who were bored helpful enough to discuss the numerous things about AIR with me during the bookclub. Specifically @EisenKoubu, @NotKyon, @Misuzu, @Yerian and @Takafumi. And hey, @Aspirety and @Bowiie too!
Thanks to the people who contributed artwork, too. Props to @Akito, @Ekalina and @chesca (even tho you disappeared after week one) for their regular, and pretty great, artworks
Now we can all walk towards The End of Infinity together~