For some months now, I’ve been thinking about the future of the League of Lanterns forum, and contemplating the relevance of a Lantern Corps costuming board amongst all of the other social media outlets out there.
Interest in Lantern costuming has seemed to wane quite a bit lately. The lack of a big comic event along with the box office mediocrity of the movie certainly doesn’t help garner interest in lantern costumes. Facebook’s popularity has pulled a lot of traffic away from just about all of the forums and most of our most fervent members (myself included) have moved on to other comic universes in our costuming endeavors.
So, where do we go from here? My first thought is to try and find a new administrator for the forum. Someone who can devote the time and energy needed to breathe new life into the Lantern costuming world. I would maintain ownership of the forum and bear the bulk of the financial responsibility to keep the forum ad-free and maintain the yearly cost of the domain. The new admin would have a great deal of creative control over the look and content of the forum, and should be able to bring new ideas to the plate.
The second option is to simply fold the LoL into one of the larger superhero forums. Most of our members are also members of the League of Heroes, Superhero Costuming Forum, etc. Maintaining a presence as sort of a sub-group is certainly within the realm of possibility. This would also alleviate the need to create multiple posts of the same content across various forums.
I’d like to hear from the members who still check in from time to time and get your thoughts and ideas.