I hope everyone is enjoying their Happy Holidays (both here and IRL).
I know I haven’t been active much. The Holidays (and life in general) can be a whirlwind, and that’s where I’ve been these past several weeks.
If it’s not too much trouble, I would like to say a few words to the community. Particularly as we close out 2019 and the first year of DC Universe as a platform.
It’s been a heck of a year, hasn’t it? Filled with ups and downs, questions and surprises, the awesome and not-so-awesome and the gray area in-between.
I won’t lie. This going can be rough at times. This platform is the continual punching-bag of social media for reasons that can vary at the shift of wind currents. Things that may look exciting on the surface then come with questions about what makes this place stand out.
We often react to those things by venting our anger and frustration. And when we do, one of two things happen: sometimes we calm down and listen, debate, and agree or disagree with those who share nuanced perspectives. Or we get fed up and we look for the exit door.
There’s nothing wrong with doing the latter. If that is how you feel in your heart, you are more than welcome to express as much and walk away.
For those who stay, despite frustration, despite uncertainty, despite not holding all the answers to what comes tomorrow: thank you.
You are what makes this place what it is.
I know I’m not alone in hoping that the second year of DCU is filled with every ounce of awesome it can possibly muster, even as the shifting sands of the streaming world continue to act as such.
More original (scripted) shows, even if we have to be nice and share with other platforms? Check.
More comics? Check (obviously).
More exclusive fan stuff? Check.
More…Everything? Check, check, and check.
I wish nothing but the best for the crew upstairs, from management down to moderators, as they pour their heart and soul into making this place as special as can be.
But…I don’t know if all that cool stuff would be fun if we didn’t have such an incredible community of people to share it with. And I think that’s what DC Universe is starting to become to me as we head into 2020: a place to share and be inclusive in a mutual love of fandom.
So, if you have to do just one thing on this platform tomorrow that isn’t watching or reading or buying something, do this: If there is somebody here who is new to DC fandom or is just simply new to the service, reach out to them. Invite them to a club. Recommend a comic or a TV show or a movie that they’ve never seen or heard before. Share what you love and encourage them to do the same.
Show them that, for as long as it stands, DC Universe is a place where anyone and everyone can be among friends.
We are a niche platform, so in the eyes of social media, we’re not as ‘shiny’ or as ‘cool’ or as ‘lit’ as the 6 or 7 different streaming services that are launching next year.
The best we can do, and maybe all this community has the power to do, is to find those looking for something that’s a little more than a normal streaming service, and welcome them with nothing but open hands, open minds, and big hearts.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year’s to everybody here.