The Sacred Debris blog turns a year old today. It’s been a fun ride so far- maintaining this blog has encouraged me to be more proactive about preserving some of the rapidly aging media in my collection and it’s been a pleasure to be able to share them with people who have a genuine passion for Body Modification.
To date, our numbers have been very strong; much stronger than I expected for a first year blog. It’s been encouraging to see the traffic that the site has been getting, but regrettably it’s been mostly that: Traffic. Folks coming to the site, checking it out and not much more. My hopes for the project was to create a space for community interaction that encouraged other Body Modification fans to have a place to share their voice. History is my particular passion, but SD was never intended to be just a history blog. When I first announced it I had a few dozen people interested in writing for us and at a year we’ve only managed a few guest posts.
That means it’s almost exclusively me updating, and with the lack of viewer interaction (comments, emails) it’s left me feeling like I’m talking to myself. That’s very discouraging and this post is sort of a concession that I don’t know what I’m going to be doing with Sacred Debris in 2015.
I’ve put a lot of time into the preservation of the media I’ve posted here; each video takes hours of work to get online regardless of it’s runtime. A five minute video, start to finish, represents an average of five hours of work for me. Selection, screening, capturing, editing, uploading, fact checking if there’s an accompanying article and ultimately, regardless of the amount of views they may get, there’s not much feedback. Very few thanks or followup questions. The tip jar remains empty and then I find myself editing another that will share a similar fate. The ‘Incredible Til’ video has been viewed over 10,000 times. If every viewer who watched it donated $1, we’d have a surplus to purchase 8mm and DVC cameras to add even more one of a kind content. Instead, there’s an expectation that these videos will just keep showing up. The videos are the most dynamic content I post due to their rarity, but I think regardless of what I plan to do in 2015, they’ll be the biggest issue. Either I’ll cease to add videos or I’ll put them behind a mandatory tip wall- if folks don’t want to kick out a buck or two for a video it’ll show me that there’s no interest in them and I’ll be able to focus my attention elsewhere.
In related news, I’ll be adding a ‘content poll’ in the next day or two to see what your favorite/least favorite material is. Please take the few minutes to fill it out.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who’s offered me feedback, asked questions, reblogged our tumblr posts, dropped some coin into the donation box, and otherwise supported the project. You folks are the vocal minority who’s interactions have helped keep the site available for everyone else, and regardless of what happens next- I want you to know how much it’s meant to me.