- Last Record:
- Joined: May 21, 2007
Even the shadow is afraid of the dark, at times.
Inspired by ChaneleyWelly's hauntingly awesome tune
To help with the FAQ collab, I was interested in the motivations of people who use hitRECord. I found a few collaborations that had delved into that subject and trawled through them, collecting specific quotes about motivation from what turned out to be 150 hitRECorders. (Thank you kouralilly for your awesome "Why do we hitRECord?" text record. Saved me a ton of time!)
Going further, I looked into the latest RECords of those 150 users, determining what sort of work they posted. For example, if most of their RECords was in direct response to a collab request, if they posted mostly self-directed work, or if they seemed to be in contact with other hitRECorders. I also looked into the websites and/or Twitter handles of as many of those users as I could find, trying to determine what kind of job they did. (It's not creepy if it's all public and for user research, right? Right...?)
Believe me, this is a pretty impressive spreadsheet!
I managed to sort the 150 hitRECorders into 4 categories: Trailblazer, Collaborator, Sponge, and Archiver. (If someone has better names for these personas, I'm all ears!)
In terms of numbers, the site should be most paying attention to the needs of (in order):
- Collaborators, who are looking for projects that require their skill set (62%)
- Sponges, who use hitRECord for inspiration and an artistic sounding board (35%)
True trailblazers are important, of course, but they comprise of a relatively tiny amount of the site's user base. Although, I imagine they would be spending a lot of time on the site, but there's no way I could look up that kind of information. Also, I had some trouble parsing out who was a trailblazer and who was a particularly active collaborator. I think we can all agree that wirrow and RegularJOE are most definitely trailblazers, so I worked from there.
There were very few "archivers" in my spreadsheet, but I know they exist, because I know a few folks myself who uploaded some work on the site once and never came back. I figure someone who doesn't use the site very much wouldn't spend time writing something for a "why do you hitRECord" collab. Limitations of data collection and all...
I hope this helps other hitRECorders walk in the shoes of a new user. Put on a different pair and give it a try!
give me every swallowing dark,
each crack and crevice
that slits the sidewalks
and tunnels winding in mountain rocks
i want them to consume me, it's an affliction
i want the cellars in basements
and cenote descents
in foreign grounds gaping,
give me all the atrament of night,
and every blink that shutters
the incoming lights
inhibiting their peeks
like a game of hide and seek.
bellowing my name
blanketing me in swarth
of jet black cloth
delving to deeper holes
with absence of torch
give me every swallowing dark
(feel free to remix or add on. Still needs an ending, so I'll be revisiting this at some point)
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Our next potential theme for Season 2 of HITRECORD ON TV is RE: The Future - RECord your thoughts, write a story, draw a picture, or make a song regarding this theme.
EVERYONE: Contribute a Text Record with your Ideas for segments for this potential TV Episode.
EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: RECord a testimonial regarding this theme.
Q&A: RECord yourself on video answering these questions:
- "Do you have a fear of the future? If so, why?"
- "Do you envision the future being positive or negative, and why?"
- "Do you think the technology of the future will bring us together or make us disconnected?"
- "How much control do you think we each have over our own individual futures?"
- "What are the differences between a Child, Teenager, and Adult's perspective of the future?"
- "What are some examples of false predictions of the future throughout history? How has the Media affected our expectations of the future?"
- "Has a decision you've made affected your future in a way you never predicted?"
WRITERS: Contribute a piece of Writing regarding this theme.
MUSICIANS: Contribute a piece of Music regarding this theme.
ANIMATORS: Contribute an Animation regarding this theme.
ILLUSTRATORS: Contribute an Illustration regarding this theme.
GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Contribute some Graphic Design regarding this theme.
CALLING ALL VIDEO EDITORS, VO ARTISTS, & TEXT CURATORS! There have been tons of wonderful contributions to the "Worlds Within Worlds" collab - now let's start contributing VOs & editing the visuals together so we can make a Short Film together.
VOICE OVER ARTISTS: Perform readings of THIS POEM by Metaphorest.
CURATORS: Create individual Albums of resources that you think go well with each of the shots in THIS SHOT LIST.
VIDEO EDITORS: Cut together your favorite visuals from the collab into a Short Film.
EVERYONE ELSE: Take a look at THIS POEM & see if you can remix it into a shorter piece.
This is my very first record!
Been around for a while, but just now able to participate.
I was looking through SojuShot's amazing artwork and I saw this blank canvas surrounded by roses (The Clearing) and I couldn't help but add my vision to it, which was the woman holding her heart, and blood dripping from her heart and from the roses, stretching into the ground like roots. I also added a little circle (or hole) in the top right corner of her heart, in homage to the wonderful hitRECord. :)
We've all experienced the thorns of love piercing our hearts and leaving us to die, so to speak, so I wanted to depict that feeling in this piece. I hope you like it!