So this is a random idea I had last night.
What is the Consortium?
The Consortium is basically an agreement between various SFM artists to treat each others' work as their own. When one artist posts a new production, the other artists in the Consortium will reblog it on their own blogs, as well as blog to it on a central Consortium site.
The central Consortium site will act as a node, where from that point, people can go to any individual artist's website.
Why the Consortium?
There is a lot of talent spread out between our SFM artists. Unfortunately, the fan-base is not nearly so distributed. Some artists have exponentially more viewers than others, regardless of the near-equal quality of their work. Reasons for this vary, but it generally comes down to when they entered the scene, their exposure across the Net, and just dumb luck.
The Consortium would help even that playing field. The fan-bases of the individual artists become the collective fan-base of all the artists. Thusly, every artist benefits by drawing fans that they previously did not have, and every artist gets the support of the other artists as well. The viewing clientele wins as well, because instead of only knowing a few artists and having to go to the individual websites of each individual artist, they now have a single site they can visit to view the works of every artist - those artists they already knew of, and new artists they may not have heard of previously.
How Does the Consortium Work?
The Consortium operates on a few basic levels:
Firstly, a Tumblr page is created specific to the Consortium. Then, each individual artist in the Consortium is given no-strings-attached submission rights, so that they can post their animations directly onto the Consortium page.
Then, whenever an artist makes a new animation that they want to reveal, they simply post it on the Consortium, and then reblog it from the Consortium onto their own Website (be it another Tumblr page, a DE thread, or some other medium). The important thing is the link to the Consortium Tumblr page is clearly marked.
Beyond just reblogging their own posts, though, the Consortium shines when other artists post their works on the Consortium. When anyone posts their work on the Consortium, then all members reblog it. This maximizes the spread of the Consortium, and thus maximizes the exposure. This makes the Consortium the most effective it can be.
Who is in the Consortium?
I suppose there's no reason why we cannot make the Consortium more or less open-invitation, where anyone can join.
However, I feel that there is a higher-echelon of animators that would be required to really kickstart the system, and get the ball rolling. That echelon are the following members, all of whom I will send a Private Message to asking about their interest. I'm pretty confident most all of them would be willing to join, but I will still ask them all privately.
Here is the list of members who I feel would be critical to the Consortium, in no particular order. I am sorry if your name is not included; that simply means I have not seen enough work from you. Don't think that means I think badly of you, or that you're excluded. Simply post that you want to join, and you can join. :)
- Lej (Joined)
- ROIN (Joined)
- McKraken (Joined)
- Fugtrup (Joined)
- LordAardvark (Joined)
That is my proposal. What do you guys think?