My dear friends. Travelling without laptop or work stuff gives me some time to think, and even though this is a digital semi-timeout also from the SWDb, it isn’t from emails, social media or this lovely forum. Lovely because of all of you.
Sometimes I would like to think that the SWDb is the meeting point for the world wide fan community. But it isn’t quite that (let me explain in a second) and I would like us to do what we can to change that at least for as much as possible: the SWDb is still a very US/Euro-centric place dominated by the English-speaking parts of the internet. The share of Italians, Spaniards, French or Portiguese is very small, just as a (glaring) example.
I think the world is a better place with strong networks of like minded folks keeping the spaghetti western alive. And just as much the SWDb will be an even greater place if it gained in size and depth around the world.
So here are a few things (aside from the technical and editorial work being discussed in the improvement topic) that we could do to broaden our community and make its network effect, reach and quality even better:
- gather info about where fans are all over the net (Facebook groups, message boards etc)
- explore other channels of communication, such as Instagram
- send more newsletters (multilingual)
- do we need more swdb content in oyher languages and advertise this content better?
- how could we reach outside the “white middle age male” audience
- is the swdb still too hard to find (test it with a google search for a movie or actor)
- do we have creative artists ans marketing gurus among us to create banners, buttons and social media posts in many langauges for us all to use?
- have YOU ever tried the invite tool in your swdb forum account, or were you not even aware of it
- which parts of the swdb could draw more people if maintained better (e.g. screenings ticker, posters)?
What are your thoughts? What else could we do and what are examples of things you’ve done or that you’re doing?
Growing list of “other” communities (you can post these or send them to me and I will update this list):
FB pages (update: unsorted, still collecting)
- Sad Hill Unearthed
- Maestro Ennio Morricone (official)
- Cinema Retro magazine
- Terza Visione film festival
- Filmklassiker community
- Guia del Spaghetti Western
- VHS Wasteland
- Almeria Western Passion
- In Memoria di Italo Cinema
- Por um punhado de dolares
- Spaghetti Western Film Club Schweiz
- Spaghetti Western Database Italiano
- Archivo Siciliano del Cinema
- European Genre Film Archive
- Asociacion Cultural Sad Hill
- Westerns All’Italiana
- Splatting Image magazine
- Adios Gringo
- Spaghetti Cinema
- Dirty Pictures Forum
- Kung Fu Spaghetti Western Double Trouble Theater
- Is there music in films
- Silicon Valley Spaghetti Western Appreciation Society
- Depraved Dave’s Backalley Cinema
- Bud Spencer Movie
- LA Spaghetti Western Festival
- Luis Bacalov No Official
- Cinema Italiano
- Spaghetti Westerns
- Spaghetti Western fans
FB pages (home cinema labels)
FB Pages (movies)
FB Pages Almeria related