out perform // outlast // out work
Sometimes I get so caught up in talking about everyone else and forget to talk about you. That’s right, you. The reader. The reason this website is read all over the world. For two years we have provided interviews and features on artists we love. We’ve brought you musicians, actors, photographers, dancers, graphic designers, game developers and film producers. We’ve seen closet songwriters blossom into nation-wide success, dance hobbyists turn pro and tour the world, and YouTube channels reach millions of fans. So what’s next?
When I created Out of the Woodwork, I never imagined it would remain in one immobile form. I wanted it to grow. I wanted it to be natural and adaptable, to thrive as an ever-evolving network of brilliant minds. Now I’m faced with the question of “What happens next?” After the blog started coming along, I took OOTWW onto social media. Our Twitter account quickly fizzled out while the Facebook page maintained a modest stream of interaction. At first I tried to keep myself out of the posts as much as possible, hence the reason I wrote under the pen name “Chancy Johnson” instead of my actual birth name. If anything, my plan backfired as people flooded to my personal Twitter account to interact with me. I’m not complaining, it just wasn’t what I expected. It seems like the less I include of myself in these posts, the less interested my audience is in reading them. It’s taken me two years to realize that you don’t visit Out of the Woodwork for flat information or even for what its guests say. You want to read someone’s opinion on each of these artists. You want to enter into conversation about them. Am I wrong?
As a writer myself, I am also increasingly aware of our collective struggle in gaining exposure. The world is producing more written content than ever before; there are so many blogs and stories all over the place that it can be incredibly difficult to stand out. My main goal for this community is to create synergy between different types of artists, writers included. I want to inspire and motivate people to work together and create things they never could have made alone. But how? As time moves forward I will be brainstorming ways to make Out of the Woodwork a more collaborative effort. I want to bring in other writers with a similar vision, to help even more positive art reach the world, but I can’t do that alone. If you’re reading this post, I’m asking you for your valuable opinion. Who would you like to see featured here? Who would you like to see writing? What will the future look like for us? Your thoughts and support matter to me.
Thanks for a great two years,
Chancy Johnson and the OOTWW community