I find it rather hard to choose Topics which are relevant but would also get good coverage. Sometimes I would start a new Topic, but then remove it because it doesn't exist (which means no followers).
I definitely hear what you’re saying. Ideally you would poll your followers to see if they’d be interested in the topic. Then if enough were interested, you would post something amazing knowing that you had an audience and commenters lined up to discuss it.
Nobody wants to post on something their passionate about only to hear crickets.
Or maybe it’s just me?
I’m just brainstorming here, so maybe this is complete crap, but perhaps we could create a “Topic Proposals” topic?
When you’re interested in starting a new topic, you could send up a trial balloon by creating a new post to “Topic Proposals,” explaining what your passion is about and asking for a show of interested hands.
***Here’s a hypothetical example post
Topic: Topic Proposals
Title: Anybody interested in Red Dwarf?
Would anyon be interested in joining a Red Dwarf topic discussion? I’ve been a huge fan since I first saw it on public television twenty years ago. I recently picked up the complete 8 season DVD box set and would love to discuss favorite episodes, plot holes that you could drive a truck through, and the hidden meaning behind some of the later episodes when it got convoluted. I also read the book by the head writers, so we could discuss the alternate timeline there as well.
If you’re interested, reply with a comment or a thumb’s up. If I get at least half a dozen “heck yeahs” in the next few days, I will add the topic and an inaugural post.
***END hypothetical post
I would think that if the topic was proposed by a regular who is a great conversationalist, it would be in Cake’s best interest to feature your post. This could be another way to reward the consistently high quality content creators.