Hello again, everybody!
Nice to see most of y'all are still here, though perhaps scattered through Time a bit. Au revoir and best of luck to Aluisio, who hopefully will lurk in here occasionally. I look forward to seeing mscha again tomorrip, as well. I have some specific pastpost responses to get to, but I'll save those for now. Seems the OTT had a touch of the Madness after I left, but I've grown used to that.
HES wrote:Blitzgirl, see what happens when you leave us?
fhorn wrote:I think BlitzGirl might have had some soothing words to smooth over our ruffled feathers, were she here.
I'll do my best! (Feel free to skip my seaish ramblings about the OTT if desired.)
Okay, let's start with the basics. The OTT is a crazy place even during the best of Times, but those of us who are regulars are used to a certain level of crazy (call it the known Sea level, for fun). During the Journey Eon the steady traveling pace of the One True Comic made us accustomed to calm. We had more Time to do some giffing, ottify songs and poems, make Time fanart and ENHANCES (both real and fake), hide redundakitties, and come up with newwords at our leisure.
Minor events in the OTC make things a bit rougher on the Thread of Time. Significant molpy sightings, for example (think the pokeymolp and the Death of Flutterbee), lead more of the regular posters to comment, and the OTT moves a little faster. Encountering the Beanies might be grouped under this category. The speculations and songs we serve up in idle Times are often secondary thoughts, and posts about the newest little blip of excitement are front and center. In the Journey Eon, when Cuegan settled down to travelling once more, these little events would often inspire even more of the fun fare OTTers like to exhibit.
Then we have the major events of the One True Comic, which make the base crazy-level of the OTT rise quite rapidly (think The Fading and the Raptorcat Attack). These climactic events cause not just the regulars to want to comment more than usual, but cause newbies and lurkers to spring out of the webwork (Hi, newbies and lurkers!) and join the fun. The Sea of posting gets ever more seaish: ninjas left and right, newposts bumping popes and hurling out of the mod queue left and right! These Times are very rough on blitzers, who find themselves further behind than expected with no idea why, and even regulars who find their usual ketchup is five times as seaish as usual. Rosetta's hairdo ex machina moment is one of these...and the level has not settled. It is still rising, and tension on the OTT stays high, and newcomers keep popping in, and newpages keep counting up...
What I'm trying to say is, our crazy level is currently higher than ever before, leaving many of the regulars of the Journey Eon adrift, frantically swimming, barely managing to tread water, or even submerged under the drama. It's pretty brutal. These are the Times when we lose friendly OTTers who can't keep up, or who are stymied by ketchup. In the struggle to keep apace with the Madness, more of our leisure activities are lost: TimeWaiters stranded amid the pastposts will not be as inclined to contribute, and the burden is left to those in the Present, who may be busy tending to newcomers and their questions.
Though things may be crazy in the One True Thread right now, know this: You are not alone.
The beauty of this needle-pulled thing is that it has made us a community. We have become a People who share the experience of Cuegan's travels through Time. If we feel down, there are always other OTTers to help us molpy up again. Even if at this moment you feel alone and overwhelmed, it is best to follow the First Commandment and Wait for it
. A blitzer might come along and recognize something wowterful in one of your pastposts; a particularly charming ottification might be posted that uplifts your spirits. Perhaps you need to lurk for a while to regain your confidence in the One True Comic. That's okay. Time may Wait on no one, but you can be sure that there is an OTTer or a newpixbot somewhere collecting each frame of it for you to see somedip.
As for me, I'm just going to ride the crazywave for as long as I can, perhaps until the end of Time...or even beyond that.
After all, the future's pretty cool! Race you there!