Oasis: The Next Big Step

Time to change the site up again, and this is a pretty major development.

Within a week or so, oasismag.com will no longer exist as the main home for this site (keep reading!). In its place, we will be switching over to oasisjournals.com, as that better represents why people are on this site, as well as the best feature of this forum, which is all of you, writing about your lives and helping one another.

One fun thing will be that you can more easily bookmark people's sites, so http://www.oasisjournals.com/journal/jeff (or somesuch) will be my site.

The front of the site will be a constant scroll of all of the latest writings from people on the site.

My role will be dramatically changing. Basically, I need to finish my novel and anything that isn't novel needs to stop.

So, my new role on Oasis is going to be helping people on this site take control of the site, whatever that means. First off, it will mean posting all books and DVDs that come in, and shipping them off to people to review them. I will teach people how to set up interviews with authors and actors or whomever, how to get free concert tickets to openly gay artists playing in your town, etc. If someone wants to start an Oasis podcast, I have a bunch of audio on my hard drive for them and they can use my Skype account or whatever else they need to do it at no expense to them.

I've always said my goal is to make the site self-running, and that's the experiment we're going to try now.

I really can't emphasize enough that the sky is the limit here. Don't limit your thinking to what Oasis has been in the past. Anything you want to do here from a content perspective, you can. If someone is looking to go into journalism as a major and wants to grab the reigns and manage the content flow on the site, great. Step up and own anything that interests you.

Part of my dilemma with Oasis is there's always a disconnect because, well, I'm not young. Oasis should be a youth site run by youth, and striving to keep the friendly supportive atmosphere that exists.

So, I'll still review stuff I love, and if Rufus Wainwright grants me an interview later this month, I'm there. But, by and large, it is up to you. I am here to help you succeed, as best I can.

One of my previous hesitations about people doing a lot on the site was that, with the advertising, it seemed strange for people to be doing work if I'm the one benefitting. Well, let me assure you, no one benefits from the amount of money these ads bring in, heh. They will cover above-board expenses like postage for me to send out all these CDs, DVD, and books for people to review, and the Oasis maildrop, but honestly, it's paltry. If that changes over time, we'll figure out a way to make it fair.

I did have agressive plans for the site, what i wanted to try and make it become and all that but, the more I think about it all, I think simpler is better, and I like the notion of youth running the youth site. The new site will also make it easier to let some of you get access to help run parts of the site (posting reviews and such). My issue is I really need to finish my novel, and not run around interviewing everyone gay under the sun.

The book reviews I've received from ya'll so far have been great, so I want to expand that program even further to include DVDs. I'll post some DVDs in a day or so, and we'll see how that flies.

So, Oasisjournals can be anything you want it to be. The beauty of this site is, if we don't do anything additional, we still have all the great journals and community that's here. Everything else is a bonus anyway.

I'm not really going away, just shrinking my role. To some extent, you all get to decide how busy this site keeps me. If you are trying to interview authors you love, musicians and such, then we'll try and make that happen together. If few people take me up on that, then I have more free time.

So, whatever you wished I would have done for Oasis... do it. If you want to talk with Guinevere Turner about The L Word, do it. Interview an author after you reviewed their book? Simple. More trans stuff, more whatever... the ball's in your court.

This is sort of a new role for me. Not running the site, not ignoring the site, not doing all the writing... I'm just here to help you shape Oasis for today and future generations. Whatever you need me to help you with, I'm here.

Comments

rainbowboi's picture

Well thats bittersweet I

Well thats bittersweet I guess. I think it's a good idea, but I don't know how long it'll survive if you give the work to us. I'm still optimistic though! I'll miss all of your reviews...

hebrew freak's picture

agreed

i'll be sad to see you go. but i do like the idea of it being one of those "by kids for kids" things. i think we may need a whole lot of hand-holding before the total transition. but i'm excited to see where i can help get this place up and running the way you imagined it

whateversexual_llama's picture

Alright! I'm excited! ... I

Alright! I'm excited! ... I will miss you though! I'm signing up for reviews and interviews and stuff!

I feel like such a gay activist!!!

Whatever I did, I didn't do it.

jeff's picture

heh...

I doubt I'll ever completely disappear. Just not reading books I wouldn't otherwise read, talk to people I'm not overly interested in, track news I don't care to know in a timely manner, etc.

Just becoming more of an audience member than the guy runnng the show.

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dykehalo's picture

I love doing reviews and

I love doing reviews and interviews and such so i will gladly do that stuff.
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Icarus's picture

it's gonna be different

it's gonna be different without you here as much. but whatever you need help with, i'm willing to do.

"Yes! No! Oh, damn!"

jeff's picture

Well...

I'll still be here as a user regularly, just not specificlaly interviewing people and reviewing things, etc.

The only thing that gets dinged in this whole process is contests, since I was raffling off my own copies of things after I reviewed them, typically. With site members reviewing stuff, they obviously get to keep it afterward.

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Dim's picture

The end or a new beginning for Oasis?

This is really a radical transition, I have to say. If the new site is to survive, or at least run somewhat smoothly with this system, it seems like a lot of people will have to step up to the plate and do their part in order for it to work. I hope you know what you're doing, becuase it is without doubt jeopardizing Oasis.

Yet it sounds as if you have no other choice, and that is why, in the end, it is the only reasonable thing to do. Hopefully the majority of users on Oasis understands this, and will contribute in whatever way they can.

I too hope to be of help.

jeff's picture

Well...

The journals and forums are the heart of this site (at least that's my sense of it), so whether I interview people and review DVDs, that is all just "extra stuff." And, since people are already reviewing books for the site, and others will surely step up and want free DVDs to review, a lot of it will be the same. That said, there is a lot of opportunity to surpass anything I did, with podcasts or whatever else.

I actually see it the other way, given the large number of users, if a small number of people do a little, then they can equal what was a lot of work for me operating alone. And, if you grow beyond a small group, you can easily surpass what I was able to do.

The issue with reviews is that the watching of the DVD or the reading of the book is the work (for me anyway), the writing is the easy part. So, if anyone has time to watch a movie, they can easily review it. Plus, it beats paying $25 for the same DVD at the store. :-)

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evilgeinus1988's picture

I am glad that your not

I am glad that your not completly going away. I like the fact that it is leading towards a self run kind of thing.

O am more than happy to do book reviews, tell me the book and i will read it... lol..
C'est moi.. I am a bisexual and proud of it

jeff's picture

Technically...

Two options for book reviews are: sign up for a copy of whatever I have available in the reviews forum and I'll send it to you, or just write a review of something you read that was gay that I didn't send you. I feel reviews are a public service, whether you liked it or didn't. But to formalize your thoughts more than just giving it a sentence or two in a journal entry.

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maianess's picture

We'll miss you Jeff! :( But

We'll miss you Jeff! :( But this might be a good development, too. Not to mention that if there's a new site, I can change my name to something I don't use on all my other forums... xD

Life is short: make fun of it.

jeff's picture

technically...

It will be the same user information as this site, just redirecting oasismag traffic to oasisjournals, swapping out the logo for one that says journals, etc.

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icameherealone's picture

Novel idea..

works for me..

Andrewgirl3's picture

Journalism!

I'm working on an advanced journalism course in high school and would love to do some work for oasis, because while columbus ohio can be boring, we have some great resources and people in our gltbq community

Duncan's picture

Hmmm. I'm not too sure what

Hmmm. I'm not too sure what I think. I dunno if I like it. I like Oasis as is... But then, at the same time, it isn't really changing. As liong as you aren't completely dissapearing, and the forums, journals and struff stay. I dunno. The gay news and stuff too. I don't know. I'm conflicted, but I guess it's what's best. As long as stuff like the forums and journals and, well YOU of course, don't go, I'll be ok.
Courage is contagious... be strong, and soon you won't be standing alone.

rainbowboi's picture

Mika

First dibs on interviewing Mika when he comes out. lol.