20080719

JFF Dodges Bullet

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On July 2nd, Robin, the Owner/Admin of the Jericho Fan Fiction Board announced to the community that on august 1st the board would close. JT, another admin on the board, contacted Robin and learned that the reasons for the impending closure were money and lack of interest. JT has offered to step up to the plate and take the site over and apparently Robin has agreed. It appears the members of JFF will not lose their home. If you have never visited the Jericho Fan Fiction forum or it has been a while then why not click over there and share in the celebration.
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The lack of interest aspect in this story is one I hear repeated more and more around the Jericho fandom. Hints and whispers about various sites activity being down are not mere rumors. I can verify that this is the case with Jericho Junction and I know of other folks with access to site statistics who tell a similar story. In a post to the JFF community announcing the reprieve JT says:

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“Please note that it was YOUR (OK... an’ mine ) apparent lack of interest that led her decision to close JFF. That means that you (members and lurkers) need to become more active. It’s not enough just to read and enjoy the stories. Unless you are posting/commenting or in some other way showing your interest, this site will eventually go away.”

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JT’s signature holds the very honest and straightforward quote: “Will write for feedback.I write, so that others may appreciate, otherwise I would leave it in my head.Writer's Catalog” I understand the sentiment as there have been many times I have spent long hours working on the Junction without knowing if anyone would really care or even notice if it went away.

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Ichthus of Jericho Town Hall has been saying for months that it would behoove us to spend more time being fans of the show. Would this include spending more time being fans of the various sites in the fandom? Hopefully and more activity would certainly go a long way toward avoiding further Jericho Cancellations.
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5 comments:

SaveJake said...

WOW....Thank you for this information Tero. Sometimes I read and want to post but no one else has, so I leave it alone.

I am sorry to all those I may have neglected and will try harder.

Balceroregontr said...

I will leave comments too. I usally read all of your blogs and enjoy them immensely. I will try to post more on the Jericho sites.
Debby

terocious said...

@ all

This is not a plea for comments so much as a realization I had while reading about the lack of involvement troubles at JFF. It seems that much of the fandom is suffering from a similar scenario so it stands to reason many sites will suffer a similar fate to the one that was narrowly averted by JFF.

Ultimately if folks have nothing to say I would not want them to comment. I spend a lot of time roving about the fandom and honestly it seems seldom that any of the Jericho Bloggers post’s draw comments these days. This is unfortunate because commenting is a way for the fans to go on the record about various topics and with blogs being more likely to be researched by media than the message boards the blogs could end up playing an important role in representing the Jericho fandom to the world.

Balceroregontr said...

I understand that but I do agree that we need to be more practive in our visits to blogs and Jericho sites. They are only as good as we make them by our participation. I know that writers want feedback and I know blog writers don't want to feel they are writing in a vacuum.
Debby

Balceroregontr said...

That should say pro-active not practive.
Debby