I’m pleased to see that there’s been quite a support from readers, at least mentally – many have e-mailed me about the blog, most feeling sad about the way things are looking.
However, not that many have actually offered their help, except for those who have written articles (to be posted later – you know who you are) and sent screenshots. But, neither of those two things is enough.
BCS Santino, though, have come up with a suggestion about reviews and screenshots – a sort of mix between JAG Media and The TMU Blog. His suggestion involves getting about 8-10 steady reviewers who will review tracks, in a slightly more simple manner than the current system, based on certain environments and styles.
This would allow things to keep going, but the problems are: 1) Still requires a lot of work, 2) getting the 8-10 reviewers (who should be skilled in organizing and writing in English, plus have the time and devotion to keep reviewing) would be challenging, and 3) would turn the blog more into a review-portal than anything else (even though articles could still be submitted).
I’ve basically turned Santino down already, as I’ve also been offered a staff position at TMX (and the original problem of lack of time still remains, so doing both would be even more challenging).
I’m telling you this to get a final idea about where the blog readers stand. There’s no way the blog is going back to normal, but what do you think of the idea of having more reviews and a cooperative connection to JAG Media instead? Are you able to help (“I like the idea, but I don’t want to/can’t help you with, for example, reviews” doesn’t really make things easier for me)? Would you rather see me organizing “official” contests/events at TMX (I know many of you guys are active TMX members) on a semi-regular basis, than continue my work here at the blog?
In my point of view, the blog could still keep going as long as Alcator, Djoszee and “guest writers” submit something once in a while, and as long as screenshots keep coming in. The idea about reviews, an aspect that will otherwise most likely be very slow or disappear completely, might be a bit too much, but could also be exactly what you guys want – what do I know? And the postition at TMX – it would basically mean more MTC’s and other contests from me at TMX, with the difference that it’s official TMX events!
I’m interested in your opinion, so start commenting or send me an e-mail: Jozii@pp.inet.fi!