Today will be the last day I post on the old Roosterteeth community site. Obviously, I have other places I post, the new community site and my own website, but with the announcement that in less than a month the site will be gone with nothing really carrying over, there’s no point continuing the effort posting on the old community site too, especially with the lack of users, and interaction that I can see there right now.
I started out writing over there daily over 5 and a half years ago and it’s been a shame that it’s just a shadow of its former self. I think that’s due to a multitude of reasons, none of which I’m really concerned about sharing, but the majority of it is the focus to more hot take immediate response sites such as twitter to share thoughts. I certainly see more activity from anyone I know there, but there’s significantly less reason to foster a conversation.
It more so feeds into my lack of interest in social media, and particularly of facebook, where I never login because in my mind it’s just people complaining about stuff and reposting things and not creating new things. I saw something the other day, this might have been a few weeks ago, saying that you should follow artists and creators, and stop fuelling the ‘influencer’ types. There is a clear distinction, and I’ve never really been one to follow people who typically identify as influencers, though that seems to be a rising thing over the past few years, and that saddens me. Where is the artistry and creation and the credit for original works?
I think that the idea that has been underlying for me was that I never wanted to learn other peoples music, I should be able to forge my own identity without learning the songs of others. I know that to learn things you have to put your own influence and style on them, which is why music is fascinating, but I rarely see visual artists copying works, and that’s strange, but I think that’s where I got into my head.
I see the value in learning from others now, but at the same time, I think there might be too much weight put on the wrong things, which I think the point I mentioned about following artists and creators becomes more important. Sure, there’s definitely more to think about when trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, but forging your own path and being true to your own identity can be daunting. Live, be yourself, follow what you enjoy, but consume honest media, and support those who need it, not those who want and crave the attention.
I lost track of where I was going, instead of chilling out and thinking about the old site, I got caught up in another tangent. I’ll miss the old site, but for its old memories, nothing memorable has happened recently, which is sad. All that’s really left to say is, there’s a new site coming, hopefully, it’ll have new life injected into it, but I’m not sold on the situation of the social media landscape for it to be a thriving place for a community to re-establish itself. I expect to be communicating to the void for much longer, with much more reliable, down to earth numbers.
As I’ve always said though, I write for me, and for me alone. I need to channel my thoughts somewhere, and I’ll continue to do that, they’ll carry on being for me, but if you want to read through my adventure through life, feel free to join me.
Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!