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.