If it's crap ... We'll tell you
*EDIT: I'm sorry that I didn't clarify that I'm NOT leaving the site, I'm just disappointed with how things currently are running.
This will be an unpopular opinion, especially given how loved the personalities are loved on this website. However, I must still profess my grievances in order to air out my problems that I currently have with the site.
I love Spill.com, ever since I discovered it back in 2008, I’ve been a firm follower in the website. Between listening to hilarious rants with A Couple of Cold Ones, insightful discussions with The League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen, or enjoying the raw audio reviews of movies, I have been a die-hard fan of Korey Coleman and everyone behind the website.
However, I’ve started noticing a recent trend of late, and that is to promote in-house developments rather than promoting viewer-based blog posts. There is nothing wrong with promoting works of those working hard within the website, in fact, I think it’s best to promote the new work of employees and associates who want their works featured on such a great site. However, this site promises a “down to earth” feel about the content regarding the site and has betrayed that by (largely) ignoring the majority of articles posted by the community. When this site went through a redesign some time ago (the “time ago” escapes me at this moment), there was a certain exclusion of featured community-based blog posts to the “Featured Community Blog” section as opposed to much more accessible “featured article” section of the website.
I will not pretend to be unbiased in my views against the site; I myself have written several reviews and articles (whether or not they deserved to be featured is subject to viewers). However, I feel that community input (and their overall work) should be more recognized by the website at large, especially given the attempt to “hear” fan feedback.
The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back was the “The Loading Bar: Happy Hour Archive” in the ‘Featured Community Blogs’ post. I have seen many blog posts posted showcasing reviews, articles of insight, and analytical discussions about film that deserved attention, yet they were unnoticed by the officials at Spill and were generally ignored on the ‘featured community blogs’ section. Why is the “Loading Bar: Happy Hour Archive’ shown on the ‘Featured Community Blog’ when it has the backing of the entire site? As “Professor Jeff” and company have direct ties to the company and can easily promote their own projects, it's something I feel that is totally unfair to the community members of this site who have no control over how ‘advertised’ their article can be.
Once before, I posted my reviews, my Bloody Thumbs podcast episodes, and articles solely on Spill.com (where I could link my followers to come and see for themselves) with the thought I could get a fair viewing of my work, but the lack of exposure recently has caused me to start my own blogpost to advertise my work on other sites for want of more exposure.
I feel that Spill.com can learn from websites like Destructoid.com, and promote user blogs when they’re well articulated and worth the users time to read.