Today is Friday the Thirteenth, and you know what I find scary?
Only having mass mall retailers and Amazon to rely on to get my cool Geeky stuff.
In 2016, I had to remove Friendly Local Shop listings for more shops than previous years. At the end of 2016, there was a crowdsourcing campaign to help save yet another game shop in Indianapolis, and we’re starting 2017 with yet another shop in Indianapolis, this one a comic book shop, swallowing their pride and asking for help via GoFundMe to keep their dream going. This is becoming more and more common an issue, not just here in Indiana, but across the country. I see a lot of news about comic shops hurting, and I know it’s got to be the same for other Geeky storefronts. While this should be a golden age for these shops, with science fiction and comic book movies leading the box office, and DC Comics just owning the airwaves with the “Arrowverse”, these stores are still suffering.
I’m not learned enough to give reasons why. Smarter people than I have spoken to this, and asked you to support your local comic shops. All I can do is focus on what I know, and that is telling people about the stores we have available to us here in Indiana.
As many of you know, Geeking in Indiana (and it’s predecessor, Geeking in SoCal) started as a way to keep track of local comic book, hobby, game, and toy stores. I’ve lost that focus over the last few years, and I want to get back into it. So, my goal over the course of 2017 is to have a post every Friday for FLS Friday. Most will be new stores, but I will be revisiting stores as well, especially those I haven’t visited since the inception of this blog back in 2010.
In addition to revisiting stores, I’m going to be posting about every location I visit. Good, bad, a bit of both, they’re all going to be listed on the blog. I know, traditionally, I have had an attitude that there is too much negativity on the internet, and if I had a bad experience at a shop, I’m just not going to write about it. However, this has turned out to be a disservice to many of the readers of this blog, as they don’t know if the lack of a review meant I didn’t like the shop, or if I just haven’t been there yet. So, I ran a poll, and here was the response:
There was a lot of discussion about this on Twitter, as well, so let me lay it out. “Negative – Just shop info” meant that if I had a negative experience at a shop, I would just have the “Who are they? Where are they?” sort of shop information listed, and 17% chose this. “Negative – No info” is the status quo, and 8% preferred this. “Negative – Explain” means that if I go in, and have a negative experience, then it gets as impartially explained as I can. Now, this doesn’t mean I went into the store, and didn’t get help for a few minutes because the shop keep was in the restroom! No, it means I had a grossly negative experience, either to myself or based on what I witness with other customers. If this happens, everything will be reported as accurately and impartially as I possibly can, and we’re just going to move on.
Either way, look to have about fifty new and updated shop posts on the blog, starting next week! I’ll be starting in Indianapolis (because time, money, and all that), and then in the spring, I’ll be looking to take weekend trips to other parts of the state, to really expand the scope. I’m “Geeking in Indiana”, after all!
In the meantime, remember that you can find all the shops on the “Find Your Friendly Local Shop Here!” page, and you can also view the “Where to get your Geek on in Indiana” Google map to see all the locations I’ve written about.
If you have any thoughts or requests, feel free to give me a shout out in the comments!
Support your local Geek shops!