Several people have been asking me about my plans for when SG goes down. I thought that I might as well answer the question on the forum.
The short answer is that I don't have any particular plans, and it's possible that I'll simply drop out of the online scene altogether. My presence has been entirely reactive over the last decade, anyway - if it wasn't for the habit of checking out SG and answering questions here I might not be doing anything communicative.
It used to be the case that I participated in online hobby discussion to learn, and perhaps to publicize a bit, but with increasing mastery of the form (self-satisfaction, whatever) and decreasing interest in publicity I find that I have little cause to participate in discussion. As far as I understand my own feelings, I seem to feel no need whatsoever to jump to a new forum just because SG is ending.
I'll note that my attitude here has nothing to do with the specific people I've interacted with over the last decade, or the new community destinations that people have been considering. You're all perfectly fine and interesting people, and those new forums seem like fine affairs. It's me, not you.
I don't hold any strong feelings on the matter, though, so it's possible that something develops come the autumn. I've been considering restarting my blogging, on the premise that I could waste time writing blog essays instead of SG discussions. Then again, the truth is that my writing has mainly been reactive here; it seems rather probable that I couldn't be bothered to blog regularly without being constantly provoked like a forum does. I wouldn't have written nearly as much here over the years if it wasn't for all the good questions that people have been asking. I seem to have a personality where I don't really get motivated by the abstract idea of an audience.
Or, maybe I'll get on some forums for promotional purposes if I ever get off my ass and start publishing again. Who knows.
If anybody wants my specific attention on anything, you know I like to help people, so feel free to drop me a letter. I'm not particularly going anywhere, it's just that the main venue where I've kept in touch with a bunch of online acquaintances is disappearing.
Really, I might as well formulate this thread as a conversation, considering how emotionally lukewarm I seem to be on the whole affair: do you think that I should do something particular about SG closing down? Is it weird to not be on any social media platform at all? What's the apt relationship to have with the online hobby scene?