January 31st, 2013, 12:40 PM
Thinking about growing the S.C. Network...
For me, S.C. is basically the mothership. I blogged here for years before there was a forum, and I love that it encompasses all types of cameras, so people who like the community don't leave when they switch cameras.
At the same time, my main system is Micro 4/3, and I enjoy spending time on a site dedicated to that system. I spend more time at Mu-43.com than anywhere.
I think a lot of folks like having a system-dedicated site, and TalkNEX is developing into a really nice place for NEX users. I'm not shooting much NEX these days, but I enjoy visiting there - great community and photography.
Now I'm thinking about adding two more sites to the "S.C. Network":
The first one is something I've given a LOT of thought to over the years, but I think it will take a lot of work to do right, and I'm not quite ready to go there yet. Basically it would be a forum for sharing images and discussion, and gear talk would be completely not allowed. No "what lens did you use?" or anything of that kind. Strictly for discussion of the images, etc. I know there is a need for such a place, but I need more time to figure out how to do it. It's something that I'm sure would fizzle out without the right start, because - frankly - people like gear.
The second one is much easier and something I could get up and running in a day or two. A forum/blog for Fuji users. I have been a fan of Fuji for many years (wrote this blogpost almost 5 years ago to the day), and I think they're absolutely nailing it with all of the X cameras.
A huge factor pushing me to start a Fuji X site is that many if not most of the friends I've met via Mu-43, S.C., and TalkNEX have become Fuji users, and I want to create a place where I can continue to hang with everyone. I know about Fuji X Forum. How is that place? Are many of you active over there? Do you think there is room for another dedicated Fuji site?
Would love to get some feedback/suggestions about these ideas.
Btw, I just bought xtogs.com - seems like a nice, catchy, short URL if I decide to do the Fuji thing. Was pretty surprised that domain was still available!
January 31st, 2013, 12:56 PM
This is a great idea and the fuji X is really growing in popularity
I have also noticed that the fuji part of this site is the most active one for the moment, and once the X100s, new X lenses and X20 comes out fuji will grow further.
On the other side, if every "big" system has it's own site, won't SC bleed out then ?
Would be great to have a site with just photos too ;)
January 31st, 2013, 01:04 PM
Thanks for your comments, Wolf. Of course I've wondered about that too, but I don't think SC will bleed out. In fact, I think it makes SC stronger - that's why I think of it as an "SC Network". Someone may spend a lot of time at Mu-43 because they're shooting MFTs and then switch to spending lots of time at TalkNEX because they're shooting NEX. Where can they continue to hang with friends they met at Mu-43? Here at S.C. At least that's how I see it.
Originally Posted by Wolf
January 31st, 2013, 01:10 PM
Yeah that true
Or maybe you could make one global page where you can choose
nex forum, mu43, SC, fuji X, ... and what would be great is merging accounts (so not a seperate account on each forum)
But I don't know if that's easy to do (technicaly)
January 31st, 2013, 01:11 PM
The image only section would get my vote. I dont own an X anything, but why not. I've thought about all the Fuji models
in the past, But I just cant see me liking them as much as my GXR.
January 31st, 2013, 01:24 PM
I don't have fuji, nor am I likely any time soon. Not that I wouldn't like to. $$$$$$$$$$
But, I would very much like an images only, forum. I do scan the forums, for interesting discussions about gear. But sometimes I am not interested in more gear talk. And to wade through all the threads, trolling for nice photographs is just too much.
January 31st, 2013, 01:33 PM
I have peeked in occasionally in the Fuji X Forum and there is LESS posts per day there in a week than there is here in a day (and that's not very much compared to Mu43.com). I love it here. I wish it could be a little busier, but I'd never want it to turn into Mu43 site. I'm not sure there would be enough Fuji users to fill and use a whole separate site, but I could be wrong.
If you ever get around to the image only website, I'd love to hang out there. The perfect cure for GAS.
January 31st, 2013, 01:42 PM
I'm ok with it as there is and I'd be OK with an added Fuji forum. Although SC itself might be pretty sleepy if all of the Fuji discussions went elsewhere. I was on the X-forum a little bit in the relatively early days of the X100, but it never seemed like it was going anywhere and I fizzled out on it - don't know how active it is these days except based on what Luke just noted. So, whatever you do with the site(s), I'm there. Or here or where-ever. I'd also love the images only thing, but I agree that it might be tough to reach critical mass without a gear component. Good luck with that. I'm there too, whenever there's a there there....
January 31st, 2013, 01:47 PM
I like the idea of a FUJI forum tied into this community, less interest in an image only forum
January 31st, 2013, 01:52 PM
Thanks, all. I've gotten some good feedback in PM as well as in this thread, and I think the Fuji thing is a go . Does Xtogs.com seem like a good name? I don't want to put "Fuji" in there, because Fuji could always make us change names later.
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