If you want one, the following are ones I was sent:
If you want one, the following are ones I was sent:
Another month ends and it is time for another list of some of the most popular, most viewed articles for May 2009. There have been some notable shifts in what is on here from last month.
Fan Fiction Archives and Blogging Services
Tomorrow I’m off to MediaWestCon, which should be interesting this year in a number of ways. I’ve heard some speculation that with the changes in the host hotel (now a Causeway Bay), along with the continuing and ever-growing sluggishness of the organizers dealing with convention matters, that we may be nearing the end of MWC’s run. Probably not this year, but perhaps next as 2010 will be the con’s 30 year anniversary.
Of course, this is all speculation at this point. We’ll have to wait and see what happens or what the word is this weekend.
Still, I am curious about a number of things this year, including:
* How will sales be in the dealer’s room and art show, given the current economy? (Especially in Michigan, with so many car manufacturing plants closing shop.)
* What will be the hot fandoms this time around? Will everyone be talking about Star Trek, or is the film too new to get a lot of “official” scheduled time and attention? What about Torchwood, Merlin and other buzzed-about shows?
* Will hot topics in journaling media fandom, such as Race Fail and Dreamwidth Studios be talked about at all? Or are they off the radar for the more “old school” fandom base that makes up the bulk of MWC’s membership?
I’ll try to post some daily blogs from the convention with my impressions on these issues, as well as anything else that comes up, and of course update with photos and other items from the convention after I get home next week.
One of our admins has been updating the totals related to Dreamwidth Studios for a couple of days. The chart below is a copy and paste from the Dreamwidth Studios article. There really isn’t enough data to draw any conclusions but short term conclusions are still fun to make anyway.
It looks like between May 2 and May 5, a lot of new people joined and then set about importing the comments from their old LiveJournal posts. It is the three day period recorded with the most new OpenID accounts appearing. Caught in that net, to date, includes over 334,000 different LiveJournal users. Wow. Over on my LiveJournal, there has been some speculation that comment importing has largely been a move similar to that of FanLib, where users were allowed to easily move their content over in order to provide the new site with lots of additional content in order to attract new users. Comment importing is one form of quick content creation. (Though FanLib didn’t allow you to import your FanFiction.Net reviews. They just allowed you to import your stories.)
It looks like the number of active accounts peaked on May 5/6. Since then, the volume of posting by new members has been lower in terms of actives in the past 7 days and past 24 hours. To me, this suggests that people surged in to join, to name squat and to see where the service will go. As we’re talking four days in a row below the high with about 1,000 fewer people updating daily, I’m not quite ready to buy the rational that this is a weekend trend and that the numbers will pick up. The idea that people appear to be name squatting and not utilizing the service is confirmed for me because less than half of the people who have been active in some way have ever posted an entry.
The total accounts that have been active in some way seems pretty close to the number of people who were members of fandom_counts, a community with roughly around 34,000 people. I’m really curious to know how much crossover there is between the two that their numbers are so close.
|Date||Total Accounts||That are active in some way||That have ever posted an entry||That have posted an entry in last 30 days||That have posted an entry in the last 7 days||That have posted an entry in the last 24 hours|
|May 2, 2009||228878||27252||10359||10324||8841||4120|
|May 5, 2009||286805||34106||14117||14080||12592||5034|
|May 6, 2009||301085||36333||15603||15564||14077||4845|
|May 7, 2009||314431||38106||16871||16819||15294||3882|
|May 9, 2009||321405||38879||17564||17493||13172||2824|
|May 10, 2009||323769||39087||17786||17710||12115||2912|
|May 11, 2009||328542||39514||18157||18054||11055||3420|
|May 12, 2009||334359||39948||18576||18450||10352||3561|
That sounds interesting but at the same time, this comment gives me pause and I wonder about the long term funding and growth. It seems like they have a good team, a good plan but so many things happen in fandom.
I’m also watching the Wikia situation closely. It does really demonstrate that classic web paradox: You need a lot of money to launch. You probably can’t monetize right way. Monetization comes after you have the user base. The user base creates the content for which you’re able to monetize. In exchange, unless you’re doing a service like LinkedIn which is reliant upon contribution, the user gets “free” web hosting and related services. The site has to answer to both parties. Sometimes, the users will get what they see as the short end of the stick in order for the other parts of this system to get what they need. Sometimes, the investors/advertisers will have to do what they don’t want to do in order to maintain the balance. The company, maintainer, website, fan is in the middle, having to figure out how they can please both, or who they can afford to offend in order to meet their own goals and objectives.
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