Infocult has been running for years, since 2003. It's been a lot of fun, at least for its brooding creator. But we should pause to reflect. Consider what the blog looks like, in the cold light of historical perspective, then look forward with an eager futurism.
Historically, the leading topic in terms of number of posts is fearsome digital media. That's where this whole thing began. It's something I'm known for. If we focus on comments, leading topics also include the Gothic in everyday life, Gothic stuff in general, and music, along with a bit of teaching and learning. I'm not sure what that adds up to, but perhaps you readers do.
Looking forward, I've been mulling over some big-picture possibilities.
- Infocult could focus on fearsome media entirely, dropping off the other stuff. No more tech in general, teaching, unrelated books and movies, music. Laser beam focus.
- We could add a personal layer, the life of Bryan, that sort of thing. Fearsome enough.
- Expand the Goth. Add reviews of film, books, games, music.
- Expand the horror-in-everyday-life theme - or slash it back.
- End the whole thing and move on? Always a possibility in a project.
- Add a podcast. The Voice of Infocult could be heard in the land.
- Add video, for those who can bear Infocult's terrifying gaze.
- More Web 2.0 projects, like the undying Draculablog.
- Start making t-shirts, high-octane coffee mugs, and other Infocultish swag.
- Or something else.
What do you think? The commentary floor is open, and freshly swept. The crowdsource switch has been thrown, sparks flying up into the night.
Many thanks to the fine folk who've contributed their thoughts so far, across multiple venues: Thomas Beckett, Steve Burnett, Todd Bryant, Charles Cameron, Gardner Campbell, Annette S. Leung Evans, Steven Kaye, Alan Levine, Pete Naegele, D'Arcy Norman, Andre Phillips, Lisa Pritchard, saramin, and Jesse Walker. It's heartening to know Infocult has a legion of the damned so many friends.