When I started this blog in July of 2017, I was recovering from the shock of the imminent demise of the Aeclectic Tarot forum and hoping to find (or create) another active venue for discussion of the more esoteric side of tarot and divination in general. A few upstart forums rushed in to fill the void, but the more seasoned community of occult thinkers seems to have dispersed while the mix of tarot neophytes and more socially-motivated participants has remained fairly constant. I’ve found the online experience much the poorer for it, so I’ve pretty much retired from the forums and just continue to “howl in the wilderness” here.
Since that time, I’ve offered a range of opinions on all the aspects of divination that happen to interest me, both esoteric and traditional, but the hoped-for up-tick in interest and interaction just hasn’t happened. Although internet forums are a wonderful tool for bringing like-minded people together, it seems that serious philosophical discussion is out-of-fashion now, having been replaced by the instant gratification of Facebook banter and (<makes faintly disapproving “curmudgeon face”> ) the “fluffy bunny” mode of interpretation favored by newbies and social-media mavens.
In the last year, I’ve made 540 posts and received 2,457 visitors, 7,507 views and 348 likes, but only 97 followers (of which not all are still active) and 118 comments (although I would have sworn it was much less than that). I have no way of knowing how these stats stack up against similar blogs, many of which are more well-established. Some interesting dialogue has occurred, but by-and-large discussion has been rather anemic. That said, I renewed my WordPress subscription and will press on because . . . well, because I can (and can afford to foot the bill). From what I’ve seen, at least some of my content pushes the envelope as far as depth and vision, ranging anywhere from the cutting edge to the dark underbelly of metaphysical thought, but I’m beginning to think that we as diviners inhabit a very small pond.