John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Must-See SJ?

Websnark has an interesting essay today about the cultural phenomenon of the "New Fall Season" -- how creative endeavors, particularly on the internet, get a burst of energy, enthusiasm, and new starts in the fall.

This is not a new phenomenon, of course ... on messageboards, particularly in the furry community, there's always an influx of new users. In the days of alt.*.furry, this also meant the inevitable new rash of obnoxious trolls. Veteran campaigners would just simply shake our heads, sigh, and say, "September." Obviously, a lot of it has to do with the start of the school year, particularly college for reasons that are probably obvious to anyone who's been there. I know that for me, college was a whole new life -- and a vast improvement over the crappy one I'd been living before.

Anyway, in the past couple of weeks there's been a noticeable pick up among the jungloid community. The portfolio pieces are getting a lot of discussion (for good or ill), and both my e-mail and the tip jar have noticed a sudden surge in activity. (W00t!)

Obviously, I'm excited about this. ^.^ But I'm also curious as to what prompted it, and how much of it is related to the renaissance of NeverNever.

In any case, I'm very glad it's happening. :) For a while, aside from the hardcore jungloids, it was a bit quiet out there. ;) But to be fair, SJ has not been at its best either. I hope to fix that, come September.

-The Gneech
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