Maybe that's just the nature of a retro site. There's only so much content from the 70s, 80s, and 90s etc... After people have satisfied their nostalgia fix wouldn’t the site naturally slow down? I haven’t visited Retrodaze that much because it’s blocked at work; I wonder if they have also slowed down.
When it comes to the forums, and pretty much all forums for that matter, the original subject matter it was founded on gets old and people just start talking about whatever. Here people just left, that's all.
Something else is going on too. The web is growing up. It sure seems to me that the exciting "wild west" web experience that I remember from 2000 to 2004 isn't there anymore.
The web, like its users, has gotten older. Most every site I visit has lost that edge that made everything seem so cool. When Retro Junk first got started it was like a portal to the past. While a lot of great stuff is still all over RJ, even Vertex could not have foreseen the speed at which other sites overtook Retro Junk - or for that matter the rise of YouTube.
Everything I'd hoped Retro Junk would become has spread out all over the web, especially video clips that were once an RJ exclusive.
It was 2008 when I joined RJ. Five years is a long time in weblife. Retro Junk has changed, I've changed and all of you have changed too.
Retro Junk had the potential for being the ultimate website destination for all things retro, and for a while, it was. During the first few years of the site, most people came here for the commercials because at the the time, there were no other sites on the internet to view these (as far as I know). I first came here in 2005 and I fell in love with the site instantly because I was able to watch all these commercials that I had not seen in years. Then Youtube came along and most of the retro commercials were being posted there, but many stayed to go on the forums or read the articles. In fact, remember when article scores used to get as high as 30, 50, even 100? By around 2010 or 2011, with the popularity of sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, most retro discussions starting shifting over to those sites as they started to have retro pages of their own (which I find most to be immaturely-run), and there were more people to interact with. The re-design only made things worse. Face it, fansites are dying and internet forums are not being discussed on as much they used to. Article scores on this site don't get the same high scores like they used to get. One of the site's recent article, "The Decline of Nickelodeon," currently has a score of 1, and has been up for over a week. Had this article been posted five years ago, this would have gotten to the "back page" by this point, because not enough people are coming on here to score these articles. Retro Junk today is nothing more but a mere shadow of its former self, I guess you could say it's retro.
My interviews used to get a lot of attention on this site. Unfortunately, the past few haven't done so well, even though I did them over the phone and was a lot more in-depth than my e-mail interviews. I'm now starting to look at other websites to do my interviews instead...Unfortunately, I'm having some difficulty. The J.J Cohen interview I did will be going up on Retro-Daze soon, but I'm hoping that other sites will get my interviews more attention. Also, my non-interviews haven't done that well, either, recently. My 2009 article "Karaoke Nights" has a double digit rating. My 2013 follow-up about karaoke ending currently only has a 4.
The one that really broke my heart with a low rating and hardly any comments was my Jewel Shepard interview. Not for myself...I've been writing for years now and I'm used to critiques and the variances of ratings. I was sad for Jewel, who has been through so much in her life, and has been having health issues these past few years. I wanted it to be a success for her, but a 5 rating, while okay, is not what I was expecting.