I closed the tab in firefox containing today’s half-completed update, and poof! Gone. This is in no way indicative of the direction in which the site will now be going; thanks to everyone who provided input, I think at the end of the day (when I can control my itchy tab-closing reflex) things will stay much the same as they have been. I do need to refocus internally on what I see as the site’s central mandate, namely “stuff I personally have a passing interest in” and “taking time to stop and think, and post about stopping and thinking.”

Lost in the mess of recent frenzied updates has been the quality of reflection that I’ve tried to bring to the blog from the beginning (or at least from about a year ago); obsession with appealing to a common denominator isn’t what this was originally about, and after thinking about it that’s not where I want to take things. This isn’t to say that I’m aiming for exclusivity, but I’d like to have a more serious, mature, engaged, and therefore smaller audience than have a teeming horde of fanpersons come on board.

I mean, HD is all about rabid fandom. But I like to think that what I’m doing here is fandom’s slick veneer, an oily pond scum that sort of floats on top and clings to the toilet bowl when you try to flush it down. Gibbering on about expansion isn’t going to help that particular mission. I need to step back, take a deep breath, refocus, and move on. Regarding the development of a community, well, there’s not much I can do about that. It’s faintly ludicrous for all of the last posts in the forum to be from me, and I don’t have time to do much with the 2ddb right now so it very well may come to naught. The options are there, though, for those who might be interested down the road.

I’ll try to compile today’s news update after work; items of note include a site launch for Key’s next all-ages title, Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club broadcast announcement, [ERO] demo movies for Sabae no Oh and Kougeki Shoujo Falselion, March Megami contents, a big [ERO] surprise from Megahouse’s Stellar ver. 2 PVC, and Dragon Age Pure vol. 1 goes on sale.