I'm really not a jerk. I say that in response to a few emails I've received questioning my commitment to the "Lovecraft community". These missives are usually in response to two of my personal quirks.
The first is my general dislike for anything in the "Cute-thulhu" category. As I've said before, I have nothing against folks that make or enjoy that sort of thing, but it's not my cup of tea. It only shows up here in the annual April Fools Day post. There are plenty of places that absolutely adore those projects and they almost always get more mainstream attention than the more serious items I enjoy. Despite that, I'm regularly contacted by people that are genuinely upset I'm not featuring their Cthulhu drink coasters or knitted Cthulhu caps.
The second is the relative lack of involvement I have with social media. That comes from the fact that I hate to waste time, both my own and others. People come here if they're interested in horror props or Mythos goodies. That's it. That's all Propnomicon is about. You want your daily fix? I got ya covered. It's a niche interest, but I do my best to make sure it's served.
Personally, I like that kind of approach in other sites. I visit, get the information or entertainment I want, and leave. It keeps what little free time I have uncluttered by needless distractions. I follow the same approach here. The tight focus is because I don't want to waste your precious time. You're here for the tentacles and pentacles! Why would you care about what restaurant I'm eating at? Or what political candidate I support?
By the same token, I only follow websites and Twitter denizens that have the same interests. That's not a reflection of anything more than my lack of free time. It's certainly not a comment on anyone's value as a person or artist.
I know that my approach can seem brusque or anti-social and for that I sincerely apologize. It's one forced on me by the simple fact that there are only so many hours in the day. As much as I enjoy what I do here, and rest assured it gives me a great deal of pleasure doing it, my other commitments demand the majority of my time.
Update: I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and comments. They're very appreciated.