Friday, August 19, 2011
Watching your own funeral...
Remember Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer"? There was this great scene where Tom and Huck returned from the cave, just in time for their own funeral.
As you may recall, I left the slingshot forums a while ago, which did cause some stirring. I took a peek - feels strange, really like witnessing your own funeral. Somehow people think because you have stopped posting, you have disappeared as a person. Guys that used to be honey sweet now dare say kind of nasty things... especially in the so called "rebel" forum.
A nice justification for the step I took, really! But guess what... I am not dead, and I still love slingshots!
Whereas my channel and especially this blog continue to work really well for me, I now realize how much time I spent on the forum for very little attention. I mean, I posted a thread on the forum and got between 100 and 400 views, in the end, after a few weeks maybe. I post a new video on youtube and get between 1500 and 6000 views on the first day.. the largest forum has 3,000 members, my youtube channel has 22,000 subscribers. Fact is the forums needed me more than I needed the forums.
But just to clarify things, I am neither against hunting nor against target shooting. I was insulted by a German forum member who thinks he is the master and self declared speaker of the "elite" slingshot shooters, some kind of superhuman, noble athlete whose immaculate, sublime sport is now tainted by my lowly presence and activities. Noone else ever insulted me (that is, before I left).
I do like target shooting, I even crossed the pond to go to the ECST in 2010 an 2011... I just don't think target shooters are any more "elite" than those who hunt, shoot at cans or... ballistic gelatin, if that is what people want to do.
I did not leave the forums because of the rather naive fellow who insulted me - I left because I was not getting the support I was expecting from the site administration. I simply felt let down. Given how much time I invested and how many members I brought in, I was disappointed.
Now I have far more time to follow my own projects, which mostly means making slingshots of any kind.
And videos, of course!
PS: I hope that my own website and forum will be online soon.
Posted by The Slingshot Channel at 3:36 PM