If you’re still a follower of this blog, you know it’s been pretty quiet here for a while.
No, I haven’t given up on Degrassi…not even close. As a matter of fact, I’ve spent this year transitioning over to Youtube as Degrassi Corner. The fan engagement over there has been awesome…as awesome as it used to be over here. The online Degrassi community is different than what it was just a few years ago, and if Degrassi’s 35+ years of existence have taught me anything, it’s that evolving is necessary and change isn’t a bad thing.
I started DegrassiBlog.com because I wanted there to be a central place where fans could find information about Degrassi, similar to the great Degrassi fansites that existed when I first started watching this show back in 2004. But with the transition of the series to Netflix as “Degrassi: Next Class,” we’ve witnessed a major shift in Degrassiland. This series is a generational show, one where the average fan comes and goes after a few years for a myriad of reasons, and Season 14 was a natural place for fans to leave the series if they wanted to.
We’ve also entered an era where there’s simply very little information about Degrassi in general over the course of a calendar year. Degrassi news has been the backbone of so many Degrassi fansites over the years. For 14 seasons we only went maybe a few months in between Degrassi news cycles/promos/episodes, but today’s binge format means we’re going 6 months in between blocks of episodes. We now spend a majority of the year without any substantial Degrassi goodness…you know, the type that can breathe life into an online community that becomes a barren wasteland during hiatuses.
Hell, we can barely get the broadcasters to actually promote Next Class, and despite there being well over 500 Degrassi episodes in existence, if there’s nothing new happening fans typically act as if “there is nothing to talk about.”
So DegrassiBlog.com has pretty much become an archive of what I consider to be the Degrassi online community’s golden era. There was no better time to be an active fan online than during Seasons 10-14. It could get messy at times, but we were supplied with what felt like an endless number of Degrassi episodes and innovative bonus content. Now, we’re currently sitting around in the midst of will be well over a year-long hiatus, hoping our beloved show isn’t canceled (it’s not…Stephen Stohn himself has hinted at new episodes).
I’m forever grateful for all of you who’ve read this blog over the years. I never expected this place to get millions upon millions of views; it did because of you. However, we’ve reached the point where the era this place thrived has come to an end, so it’s time to look forward.
Just know my old ass is still out here doing Degrassi things. I’m still active over on Twitter, and I’m making videos regularly over at Degrassi Corner (and if major news happens I’ll probably post it here as well), If you’re jumping off this Degrassi train I totally understand; we’ve all got places we’re trying to be.