|They were large and in charge... but "Where are they now"?|
In March of 2012, jerm781 left the scene of Nerf Mods & Reviews, though he handed things off to myself, JetCell, and Triangle to manage things. He didn't really "say" anything to folks outside of those that he left to manage the massive fanbase he earned. We just couldn't keep up like he had before. Then a number of other contributors, after seeing the decline in activity on NM&R, started showing up. Coop, Psyk, Darth Rambo, & RS09 (just to name a few) started making their mark on the blog. As time has chugged on, the blog has still lost quite a bit of steam. Ask anyone in the Nerf blog scene and across the board, the result is "NM&R just isn't the same". I think it's because no-one really truly "claimed" this blog as their own... and taking mental ownership of something can really be the difference between being an "author" and holding your entire reputation and standard of quality on it. It's a shame, but it's reality.
SG Nerf, while never really known for being the most active blog in the world, has yet to really "wow" us with their usual inside scoop for news and high-level reviews in awhile. 2013 looks to be an all-time low for posts, as the years leading up to it were averaging about 50-60 posts per year. They currently sit at a whopping 17 posts on the year with 2 and a half months left to go. Focus has clearly shifted from their usual earth-shattering news and clean-as-can-be modifications to more of a "these are events that are happening... every now and then". Again, it's really become quite an archive of sorts like NM&R. Plenty of history and valuable content on previous blasters, but nothing really "new" to speak of.
This summer, my good friend Pocket Esq at Urban Taggers gracefully finished things out on his blog. He still participates on Facebook, gives feedback, and contributes, but I miss the days of checking my Blogger Dashboard and seeing some awesome Pic Spam or some sweet news from UT. The thing that has really set Pocket apart from the other "Big 3" is that it was more than just a great source for news or a cool review on a blaster, but there was an aesthetic appeal, almost an art to how things were approached visually with UT. And I'm talking more about the hot chicks he gave some camo and blasters to. The pictures were always great, taken with care, and always with the best effort to show us what he found interesting. Pocket wrote in a similar fashion as I do (including his awesome rants) so I really identified with him from the start. He's also the only one of the "Big 3" that actually put an <END> point on his blog whereas SG and NM&R have just continued to "exist" with spurts of contributions from time to time.
So, as it stands, those blogs are essentially either MIA, Second-Hand, or all done with their work. Fan-based contributions always move in waves, so maybe it's time I figure out what my new "Big 3" will be. There's still great blogs out there, but will I cash in on a blog only to see it phase out again like the others? Or will one of the dormant superpowers revitalize itself and liven things up? Or maybe something completely different we don't even see coming? Where do you think our beloved Nerf Blogs are headed? I'm serious, weigh in on where we're at as a blogging community.