A few of you kind readers may already know (if only because I’ve talked about this to you), but my plan for the hellenistai.com mainpage (no sub-domain, like “forum.hellenistai.com”) has been a media review blog/webzine. The main reasons that this hasn’t taken off yet is because 1) I’m too broke to start this off all by myself (and, having worked for a small-press and very short-lived magazin myself, in the past, “awkward” doesn’t begin to describe the shared feelings between artist and magazine when the topic of review copies of things comes up, especially with a very new magazine), and 2) at first I thought that people would submit to me and I’d post it all myself, but not only did all of one person send anything in, ever (dead serious), it turns out that I’m too lazy to be the lone cheerleader to amass a wealth of material, enough to post regularly, and enough to make for a respectable media blog.
Yes, gentle reader, sometimes I have a kernel of a good idea, but it’s got this husk of bad idea surrounding it. This has been my plight with the Hellenistai Project Media Blog.
Now for the good news: I’ve finally managed to separate that kernel from the husk.
It was really pretty simple; wrangle in a few friends, at least to start out, and let them upload their articles themselves. My experiences of “friends + work” has been about fifty-fifty, and there seems to be a correlation between how much money is involved, and how fast it will destroy the friendship. On the good side, this is so far from a money-making endeavour that I’m confident that people will trust me about site donations (but in the off-chance I’m proved wrong in this, I have PayPal and DreamHost set to send me receipts for everything), and I’d be seriously surprised if people start sending in review copies of stuff (though later this year, I will probably be setting up a P.O. Box just in case), but even then, it probably won’t be until long after we’ve already discussed an established protocol for when review items come in.
I’ve so far confirmed one wrangled-in friend, and I’m pretty confidant that at least one of the other two people I have in mind will be willing and able to participate.
I ask for little from these friends for this project: A minimum of once a fortnight (that’s every two weeks), post a minimum of one review of any media item of potential Hellenic polytheist interest (books – both fiction and non, music, film, games, theatre; hell, even a painter’s body of work is a potential media topic). It doesn’t have to be new, either, since we all seem to be regularly re-discovering old things. I’m not even going to be a big stickler that all media items reviews be “strictly Hellenic”, either, cos that would, at the very least, seriously drive us to running out of articles very fast. I don’t even care if two people want to post contrasting reviews of the same thing, as long as their opinions of the item contrasts enough — in fact, since my tastes with people on the Hellenistai Forum seems to differ so greatly, such reviews could become a regular thing. Hell, enough people have divergent enough tastes, I’m sure mine won’t be the only contrasting voice for long.
Will we take on other reviewers or guest reviews? In time, sure, obviously. Hell, if we want to limit no more than one post per day, this project can easily accommodate as many as fourteen different voices per fortnight. I just think a nice steady start of a core of four people who can post new reviews in their spare time every other week is a solid place to start. People who want to submit a guest review can talk to me about it, and I’m sure something can easily be worked out.
So, by all means, go to Hellenistai.com and click and / or copy the appropriate links to add it to your blog feeds and what-not, cos I’m hoping that within the next two weeks, there will be a review up from at least two of us.