We’re up

Well, mostly, at least.  It’s not the cleanest site yet, and there’s little to no content, but we’re working on it.  We’ve got all the old staff added, and there’s a few good applications that I’m looking over now.  Either way, I’m proud to announce the launch of http://slenderbloggins.net, and a bit sad to be telling you that I won’t be updating this blog anymore.  So farewell, slenderbloggins.wordpress.com.  Thanks for all the good times and the memories.  You’ll always retain a special little place in my heart.  We’ve had some good times and we’ve learned a lot.

And to everyone else, well…see you on another site, brotha.


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Final Preparations

Hey, sorry, I know that you’re all getting sick of this and whatnot.  When’s the site gonna be up, Andy?  When’s it gonna be up?  Why aren’t you updating anymore?

Well, it’s gonna be just a little bit.  There’s been some sort of problem with hosting.  And while I’ve bought the domain and everything, we can’t launch it until we get that hosting problem figured out.  After that, I think it’s mostly just getting WordPress installed and posts transferred, and then it’ll be ready to launch.

The reason I haven’t updated lately is because I’ve been focusing on this.  My other writers have all been working on posts of some sort or another, and while they’ll be ready soon (a few of them already are), I’m holding off on launching them because I’d like to update with one post per day the week that I launch.

One thing I’d like to do with the site is make it less of a blog and more of a fansite.  I’m still keeping the name “Slenderbloggins” (mostly because I’ve already bought the URL), but I’m going to be rewriting older stuff in a way that’s less bloggy and more fansitey.  As it is, it’s still kind of linear, particularly at the beginning.

And remember that index that I was planning on making?  Well, now that I can mess around with the CSS a little more (hopefully), I’ll be doing something better.  I’ll be categorizing things more…similarly to the “categories” on the sidebar, only like the tabs at the top instead.  I’m going to have a menu for the Slender Man, the Slenderverse, a Glossary, a Blog List, menu for fan works, and one for site info (and maybe one or two more that I’ve forgotten).  I may get a new header so that I’m not shamelessly using someone else’s artwork.  And that’s what I predict the site looking like, I suppose.

Well, sorry again for the wait.  I hope it’s worth it.  I’ll keep you all posted on Twitter.


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The Plan

Well, it’s been a bit since we’ve updated, hasn’t it?  Let me just tell you what’s going on.

I’m currently talking to a friend (who I owe so much to—not just for this, but for everything he’s done to me over the years…er, months, actually…that I’ve known him), who’s going to be helping me get my own domain and was generous enough to host me for free.  He’s just trying to talk to a few people to get things figured out before the transfer process begins.  The process will take…probably a week, give or take a few days.  I don’t know if the site will be down during that time, so I apologize in advance if it will be.  I’ll keep you updated on Twitter about that, I suppose.

As for content, there are a few things coming up.  Broeckchen’s going to be posting something about MyDarkJournal and his “game(jack?)” soon.  Jamie’s working on a summary, analysis, and/or review of Hiking Fiend.  Dragon’s got another post that just needs some touching up.  And I’m going to be posting a bit of fanart that someone has drawn for some of the blogs.

In addition, I may be adding another person or two to the blog once the site launches.  I have a few people in mind, and I’ve gotten in contact with them, but I’ve only heard back from one.

Finally, I’m sure you’re wondering what the new site’s going to be like.  Well, it’ll be mostly like the old site.  However, I want to make things a bit nicer (drop-down menus and post-sorting and all that).  In addition, I’m thinking of adding a list of works in the Slenderverse (which may or may not just be stolen directly from Chase) and a “submissions” option so that I can steal work from you and claim it as me own in order to update more regularly!  I’m just kidding, by the way.  I’ll definitely be giving credit to anyone whose article I publish.

And finally, I’m going to be going back and reworking some earlier articles when this site was still much more bloggy in nature and had story elements.  Because you guys aren’t here to hear about my personal life.  I can put that up on another blog.  Finally, I’m gonna see if I can do some work with CSS (or find someone who can much more easily do some work with CSS) to redesign the site a bit.  Because I like how it looks now and everything, but I just think it could maybe be a touch better.

Well, that’s what we’ve got on the plate for now.  Hope to see you on the new site in about a week!


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Entry #35


Where to begin?  Where to even begin?  I suppose we should begin at the beginning.

Jay enters the house from Entry #34.  He’s calling out in frustration, saying that there’s nothing there.  It’s unclear whether he’s talking to himself or to Alex, as Alex appears behind him in the doorway shortly after, calling out Jay’s name.

Alex quiets Jay and points him towards a small room.  As Jay approaches, there’s a bit of static before Masky jumps out of the room with a knife.  He rushes past Jay (causing some visual distortion as he does) and attacks Alex offscreen, who cries out.

Jay drops the camera, and he and Alex throw Masky to the ground.  Alex tells Jay to “get the cord,” which they throw on top of him like a net.  Jay grabs the camera, and there’s some more audio distortion, lag, and video distortion.  The screen goes black for a second, and as soon as it returns, there’s an image tear.  Jay pulls the mask off of the man to reveal that it is, in fact, Tim.

Alex tells Jay to give him the knife, which is, at this point, bloody.  As he picks it up, there’s some video distortion.  Jay refuses, and then Alex demands that he turn off the camera instead.  Alex grabs a rock as Jay protests, asking “what are you doing?”  Alex replies “he’s not gonna follow us,” throwing the rock down at Tim.  The camera moves away from them, and we hear Tim scream in pain.  The scene cuts to Jay in his car, driving.  According to Jay, that’s how it was on the footage.

Okay, so there’s the recap.  Now for the analysis.

This entry raises as many questions as it answers.  First of all, Jay and Alex meet.  So evidently, he found him at some point.  However, Jay doesn’t seem too surprised.  Perhaps he just reacted quickly to Alex quieting him (we don’t get to see his reaction, since we can’t see him), but it’s possible that they met up before.  I personally think that he just reacted quickly, but it’s possible that they’ve been in contact for a while.  Them not suddenly talking to each other kind of makes sense, as they’re kind of preoccupied with other things.

However, while he wouldn’t be to surprised to see Jay (it’s quite probable that Alex gave him this return address for the sole purpose of meeting him) Alex seems to know that Tim’s there.  He’s got a rope ready, and he knows where he’s hiding.  Alex, at the very least, is prepared.  And yet he still gets stabbed (I haven’t quite caught it, but people say his arm is bleeding, so that’s probably where Tim stabbed him).

Alex also seems to be quite angry.  I mean, he’s naturally pissed about being stabbed, but he’s wanting to go as far as killing Tim.  I mean, he asks for a knife, and then resorts to using a rock.  Something to note—when he’s flipping out on Tim near the end, his voice distorts.  Not Jay’s, just his.  Curious, no?

The last thing I want to bring up about Alex is that he’s not with Jay when he leaves.  It just cuts to Jay in his car—quite probably alone.  Had they left together, they probably would have been talking (or arguing) about something.  I find this odd—Jay set out to find Alex, so why didn’t they leave together?

Now, on to Tim.  It’s been revealed that he is the masked man, but two questions remain.  The first: what exactly did Alex do to him?  In Entry #33, a screenshot quite clearly proves that that Masky is also Tim.

I could be wrong, but that looks a lot like the side of Tim’s face to me.  So Tim is still quite clearly alive, even though he has a limp.  One theory that I’ve heard is that the Slender Man brought him back from the dead.  I personally think that’s a retarded theory, and tend more towards “Alex broke his leg with the rock,” which explains the limp in Entry #33.  Some people say that it also explains Tim’s “weight gain,” which I personally think is just him wearing other bulky clothes under the jacket.

Now, the other question is this: we know that Tim is Masky, but is Masky/Tim also totheark?  Most would say yes.  However, given the latest totheark entry, I’m finally starting to believe the theory that Alex is totheark.  If it were Alex, then “Fragments” could be viewed as a message to Tim instead of Jay (you are broken/you cannot be fixed), and the ripped up photo is just to emphasize the point.  It almost sounds mocking in that tone.  But that’s just a theory.  I mean, I came up with it, and I don’t even fully support it.

One more question I have: is Jay going through his tapes in chronological order?  Because if so, this is almost definitely the first time he met Alex.  I think he would have filmed that otherwise.

Anyway, this was a big entry, so I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of discussion (knock on wood).  Have at it.


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Entry #34/Fragments

In this entry, Jay starts going through the tapes again.  In this one, he appears to be recording a video log instead of just recording footage.  Perhaps he expected to have to explain this to himself.  After all, he has dealt with memory loss in the past.

Anyway, he’s heading to the return address he got on the tape from Entry #26.  Finally.  He gets there, and the house appears to be a building that’s been abandoned for a long time.  There’s trash everywhere, and what might possibly be some fire damage (though it seems sort of unlikely).  However, it seems to be a popular spot for graffiti.

Not much happens in this entry.  There’s a bang, but it turns out to be a board falling off of a window.  No distortion, no Slendy, no Masky…nothing.  He assumes that he went back later, since Jay has a habit of returning to houses that he shouldn’t return to.

The really intriguing thing, though, is that totheark has returned.  I know Masky returned in Entry #33, but not everyone thinks that Masky is totheark.  Anyway, he uploads “Fragments.”  The description is “hello again” and the tags read “always see you.”  The video has the audio buzz that it frequently does, and then an image of a torn-up and rearranged photograph appears.  Because of the glasses, it’s presumably Alex, though it’s hard to be certain.  Blurred text appears, saying “you are broken.”  The photo again, torn further and jumbled even more.  More text: “you cannot be fixed.”  And once more, the photo, even more torn and jumbled.

I find it interesting that totheark waited until Masky made his return to the series to appear.  It implies that they are, in fact, the same person.  Of course, it might be that they’re different people, so that’s just speculation.

Anyway, there’s a question now: who is “you are broken/you cannot be fixed” referring to?  It could be directed at Jay, since that’s who all the videos seem to have been aimed at so far.  If so, there’s an implication that he’s inevitably going to go crazy.  Is it aimed at Alex, the person whose face presumably appears in the video?  If so, it could be hinting that Jay can’t do anything for Alex.  And now, there’s a chance that it’s aimed at Masky himself.  He seems to be limping in the latest entry.  I’ll elaborate on this theory in the next post, since it’s really quite relevant to Entry #35.  Expect that later today.


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Tribe Twelve part 2 (review and analysis)


A common criticism of Tribe Twelve is that it steals rather heavily from Marble Hornets, and that’s not an invalid point of view. The visual style choice of white text on a black background providing narration and the characters (the missing/dead friend, the cameraman, the mysterious person who posts odd videos and may or may not be an aggressor) are very similar, and even some of the individual scenes are similar (I’m looking at you, playground scene). While Tribe Twelve does seem to be moving away from this resemblance, it takes a lot away from the series, especially in the early episodes.

The strongest part of Tribe Twelve is undoubtedly the effects. Of the three most famous vlogs, it is the only one to contain actual moving tentacles when the Slender Man shows up, and the effect is incredibly unsettling. The suspense in certain moments can be handled extremely well- the Observer videos being a great example of this, especially the one in XXXX, where the rising note in the background set an ominous and frantic mood matched by the last distorted shot of someone running up a flight of stairs. HELLOTHERE is one of the elegantly done single videos I’ve seen so far.

Unfortunately, the acting in the series is…subpar. So far none of the actors in the series have been very believable, and their delivery often comes off as very flat or very over-the-top. It’s especially noticeable in the stilted dialogue of the most recent Thanksgiving episodes. No one sounds like a real human being. Noah’s conversations with Sarah, her friend, and her father are just bizarre, running the gamut from obvious line reading to over-written dialogue, to completely unbelievable social interaction.

This is extremely jarring in scenes that are supposed to be frightening- for example, in the aforementioned Thanksgiving episodes, Noah covered in blood and laughing was obviously supposed to be unnerving at least, but his overacting made the whole thing somewhat laughable. Similarly, Night Recordings goes from pure creepiness (the footage of the pool and the lightning) to ridiculous as soon as Noah wakes up and starts stabbing bushes.

The series also seems rather disjointed, as if Noah is just throwing in whatever he thinks is scary. So far there’s been little follow-up on Karl, the items in the box, Noah’s nosebleeds, and although the thanksgiving footage was posted recently, in linear continuity nothing’s been said about it since (that means it’s been almost 3 months without any kind of backlash from Noah’s bloody midnight shenanigans). The only thing Noah’s followed up on is the disappearance of Milo’s mom. This is getting a little better, and I know it’s dangerous to say “they’re not resolving anything” with a continuing series like this, I do think it’s important to follow up on the various plot threads, if only to make sure viewers remember they exist.

Overall, the series is…well, let’s say a solid C. There are some who absolutely love the series, and some who hate it. I personally am somewhere between the two camps, although I have to admit some of my enjoyment of the series is in making fun of the dialogue. The effects don’t quite make up for the acting and writing, but it’s still a genuinely frightening series, and the suspense is handled reasonably well within individual episodes. It’s about even with most slender-fare: Not much better, but you could certainly do a lot worse.


So far, Tribe Twelve hasn’t advanced any startlingly new ideas about the Slender Man mythos. They seem to be sticking close to established canon (or whatever we can call canon in a mythos like this) and their resident proxy, the Observer, doesn’t really deviate from standard behavior either.

The fan theories, however, are where things get good. TvTropes’ Wild Mass Guessing page for the series produces one interesting theory- that Milo is in fact still alive, and is the Observer. I’m not sure it’s entirely feasible, especially since the glimpses of the Observer that we get in the Thanksgiving footage don’t look anything like Milo, but it’s interesting to think about, isn’t it? It would certainly explain where the Observer got that picture of Milo and Noah from Token Letter.

Another idea that I’ve heard bandied about (I believe it was on Unfiction, but I can’t find the specific post so if you know who to credit, let me know) is that Tribe Twelve is the first vlog from the point of view of a proxy who is unaware of what he is. I love this theory. It’s a great idea, one that’s only been done a few times before (as in Walking the Hallowed Halls or What You Are In The Dark) and, even better, if used correctly it could excuse all of the problems with the series. Bad acting? Unrealistic dialogue? Noah doesn’t know how to interact with people like a normal human being anymore. It’s bad acting within the context of the series. His silly performance in “Night Recordings” is because deep down, he knows there’s nothing to be scared of. Complete inability to notice your friend going crazy? Again, Noah’s forgotten how to recognize human emotions. Clues not leading anywhere? Noah doesn’t want them to lead anywhere. He’s screwing with the audience, he never intended to give us any answers. Whatever part of him is Slender Man’s servant, it’s preventing him – and us – from getting any real answers. And with Noah’s blackouts, memory lapses, and midnight wanderings, it’s obvious that he’s not completely in his right mind. Where are Noah’s parents? He killed them, or they don’t exist. Hell, even the long time between updates could be explained in-series: He’s been too busy working for Slendy to post videos.

Any more theories?

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Tribe Twelve part 1 (summary)

[Andy Note: I’d like to welcome Jamie/Elevator Child to the blog.  As you’ve no doubt deduced from the post’s title, she’s written a summary of Tribe Twelve, from its beginning to the present (Feb 13, 2011).  Anyway, I’ve chosen blue as her color.  Jamie, if you’d prefer something else, go ahead and let me know.  So, with no further ado, here’s Jamie’s summary of Tribe Twelve.]

Hello all, my name is Jamie but I often go by Elevator Child. Before I start I’d like to thank Andy for adding me as a contributor- it’s an honor. Hopefully I’ll entertain.

So, Tribe Twelve. It’s one of the “big three” vlogs, along with Marble Hornets and EverymanHYBRID.  In this first part I’ll do a somewhat detailed summary, and the second part will be a review and analysis.

Note that this summary is in chronological order, which is not necessarily the order that the videos are posted. As of this writing, Thanksgiving Footage Day 2 is the most recent video, although chronologically the events it depicts happened before Token Letter and A Phone Call with John Fletcher. And, of course, this summary contains massive spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the series yet, take heed.

Tribe Twelve begins when college student Noah Maxwell’s cousin Milo Asher commits suicide. The first video, In Memory of Milo Asher, is Noah explaining the basic premise of the channel- he will post several videos that he recorded the last time he saw Milo, two years ago, when Milo visited him in Florida.

The next six videos (all entitled “Submission” and numbered) are clips from Milo’s visit edited together. In them, we see Slender Man appearing a few times, terrifying Milo, who has apparently been stalked for some time. Noah grows more and more worried about his cousin, but Milo refuses to tell him anything. At the end of the last submission tape, in which Milo heads home, Slender Man appears again.

Noah posts another entry shortly afterwards of him analyzing the tapes. He then tapes himself going to New York for Milo’s funeral, and mentions that Milo’s mother is avoiding him. While he’s in New York, Noah decides to visit his grandfather Karl, with whom he was never close. Karl had apparently sent Noah an email asking to speak with him about the videos. Noah notes that it’s very strange that Karl knew about the videos in the first place, as he only speaks German and doesn’t talk with Noah’s parents.

Noah films Karl telling him, in German, of the Groβmann, a monster who stole children. He also tells Noah that during World War II, when he was in the OSS, he witnessed the Groβmann kill a Nazi soldier. At the end of the interview, Karl becomes aggressive and kicks Noah out of the house.

A month later, Noah begins hearing strange noises around his house. He records himself sleeping, and wakes up coughing at 3:33 am to hear noises around his house. He runs outside and finds a box outside that contains a broken cell phone, tape from a video camera, a key (which turns out to open Noah’s garage door), bits of various electronic devices, and a note to Noah. The phone contained several pictures and three audio files. The tape contains a short clip of someone (probably Milo) meeting Slender Man in a playground at night, a person wearing glasses, and Slender Man standing next to someone, possibly a young boy, with tentacles out. During Noah’s video of unboxing, several hidden messages appear on the screen, and the video and sound become distorted several times.

Noah then receives a mysterious phone call on the (supposedly broken) phone, in which a voice shouts, whispers, sobs, and/or laughs at him before he throws the phone across the room, breaking it for good. A transcript of the phone call can be found here.

Noah also receives a visit from Slender Man, who appears from his closet one night, tentacles waving.

Soon after, a heavily edited video entitled “HELLOTHERE” is posted to his youtube account without his knowledge. He credits this to a myserious figure known as “the Observer”, who appears to be a man wearing glasses. The Observer has also apparently hijacked Noah’s twitter a few times, and is thought to be the person in glasses from the tape mentioned above.

There’s a long period of no videos, in which Noah posts on his twitter about having frequent nosebleeds and insomnia.

Noah spends Thanksgiving at the home of a viewer named Sarah. His visit is uneventful until he goes to sleep on her couch- he disappears from the couch and then returns several minutes later, seemingly unaware of anything that happened. The next day, he spends the night at her father’s house and sleeps in her room. At some point in the night he is dragged off of his bed. Several hours later, Sarah is awakened by a loud thump. She goes out to find Noah and discovers him covered in blood, holding a knife. He attacks her, laughing, and then blacks out and wakes up with no memory of what he’d done. Sarah’s father kicks him out and he returns to his home. Noah blames this incident on the Observer, and mentions on his formspring that he’s apologized to Sarah and they’re on decent terms now.

When he gets home, he discovers a letter on his door. The front reads “TOKEN” and the back reads “OBEY” with an arrow pointing upwards. Inside of the envelope, there is a tissue with “I THOUGHT YOU COULD USE THIS” written in pencil (probably referring to Noah’s frequent nosebleeds), a letter with a drawing of Slender Man on the boardwalk from the “Submission” videos, a baggie of pills, a fortune from a fortune cookie, a broken key, leaves, and the skeleton of a flash drive, which contained another Observer video. Noah also revisits the box, and after examining it further finds the Observer’s symbol.
He also discovers another fortune and a picture of himself and Milo, with Milo’s face burnt away.

Noah then calls Milo’s step-dad, who acts mildly suspicious, and asks about Milo’s mother. As it turns out, she also has seen the Slender Man, and has dropped out of sight several months ago. A transcript of the phone call can be found here.

Currently, it seems as if Noah is planning on going back to the park from the “Submission” videos.

This is up to date so far, and I’ll keep doing small summaries every time Noah posts a new video.

Useful links:
TribeTwelve youtube channel
Noah’s Twitter

Noah’s Formspring
TribeTwelve Wiki (woefully empty, needs a lot of information if anyone has some spare time.)
TribeTwelve Unfiction thread (contains some really good screen-grabs and theories, I’d highly recommend it even if it is long)

The next half of this (review and analysis) should be coming in a few days, as soon as I get all my links in order.

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Quick Update

I’ve made my selections for now, and I’m not taking any more applications.  I’ve got Broeckchen and DragonSovereign on theories, and elevator_child on summary, analysis, and review.  I’ll probably add a few more people in the near future, but I think that this is who I’m going with for now.  Just to give me some material, at least until I get the actual site up.

So, speaking of the site…any suggestions for a name change?  Because now would probably be the time.  I do kind of like the ring of “Slenderbloggins,” but if anyone thinks it sounds dumb or should be something else, now’s the time to tell me.

So, what do I have planned for the near future?  Well, I’ve got the Entry #34 post coming up (it’s out now, you know.  I’m sure you’ve seen it).  And now that MyDarkJournal has its gamejack ARG thing going on, which involves quite a few German references, Broeckchen’s going to be covering that.  I believe that Dragon and e_c are going to have posts coming out fairly soon, too.  So that’s what’s next on the list.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone who applied.  All the applications were good (even if I didn’t get as many as I expected), and I hated having to turn anyone down.  Here’s hoping that I made the right choices.  And again, I’ll probably add a few more people once I get my own site.


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Thank You

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to get in contact with some of the more prominent Slender Man creators/contributors/bloggers/vloggers.  And it’s a flooring experience.  The fact that anyone would even consider me notable enough to invite to an experience like that is one thing, but being able to see all these people that I have so much respect for, and then hearing that they read my blog, and actually consider my suggestions?  You have no idea how much it means to me to hear you all say that.

I started off as a stupid noob who knew nothing about the mythos but thought that I knew enough to start blogging about it.  When I started, my experience was pretty much limited to The Big Four: MH, EMH, TT, and JAF.  I hadn’t even read Seeking Truth or Dreams in Darkness.  Essentially, I thought I knew so much when I really knew so little.  And I’m still not a complete expert on the mythos.  I only know half of what’s going on with some of these other blogs.  Anomalous Data and Testing 1, 2, 3 have been on my “to read” list for so long.  There are a ton of blogs that I just don’t have time to go through (which is a large part of why I’m going to include summaries on my blog, and why the folks at the Slender Nation are going to start on audioblogs).  So I still don’t know everything.

And yet, I’m hearing people—people who I more or less consider to be internet celebrities—talk about my blog.  Say that they’ve read it.  Say that they take my advice.  I’m…I’m just floored.  I’m stunned.  I assumed that I just had a small core of readers.  It means a lot to know that I’m more widely read than I thought.

As you know, I’m planning on expanding the site soon.  I’ve got two other contributors, and I’m looking at picking up one or two more.  I have plans to get my own website for this (someone has generously offered to host me for free), and all that needs to happen is for the plans to be set in motion.  And it’s all of you guys who have made this possible.  You, the people who read me.  Anyone who thinks of me as some great expert or some high and mighty blogger shouldn’t.  I’m just a guy who jumped on the chance to be part of an urban legend.  You guys are the people who brought me to where I am now.

Thank you.  Thank you all so much.


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Looking Ahead (Gen 3 and the future)

Warning: prepare for a beast of a post.

Last post, we took a look at the origin of the Slender Man through the 2nd Generation of Slenderstories.  Today, we’re looking at the more recent stuff.  We’re tackling the 3rd Gen and the “Core Theory” blogs at the moment.

This is where things get complicated.  3rd Gen was the “experimental” stage.  The basic ideas had been exhausted, so there had to be new twists on old concepts.  As a result, thing’s really changed.  White Elephants worked on uniting several blogs, and this idea really caught on.  Instead of being individual stories, the blogs became one giant, interconnected story.

Okay, so…let’s start with the vague and overarching stuff.  The stuff that applies to the 3rd Gen in general.  One of the advantages of this style was that it created a feeling of immersion.  The feeling of interconnectedness created a feeling of things being real.  There were other people confirming that yes, something that happened on this blog affected me, too.  The Core Theory and Tulpa Effect added quite a bit to the mythos.  Bloggers started focusing more on proxies, and developing certain rules and distinctions between them.

That was the good.  Now for the bad.  I’ll admit that I didn’t like the 3rd Gen that much, so this will probably be a bit longer than the good.  The interconnectedness could have been done well.  Unfortunately, it ended up being a crazy clusterfuck that required you to follow ten different blogs just to know what was going on in one of them.  3rd Gen is also when the Slender Man went “mainstream,” and the number of blogs increased.  Not only did Sturgeon’s Law take effect, but because people found out about blogs in comment sections instead of word-of-mouth, the bad blogs and the good blogs received equal attention.  Because of this and the interconnectedness, the blogs that were written well and the blogs that were written poorly were lumped together, destroying the suspension of disbelief for everyone and “ruining” the 3rd Gen in many ways.  Another problem is the style the blogs are written in.  They’re written as actual blog entries.  This adds realism, but in my opinion, does more harm than good.  The entries are far too disconnected.  Half the entries have nothing of substance.  The entries are aimless.  This is the main problem that I had with A hint of serendipity, which was the first blog like that I read.  Blogs like that just don’t draw people in.  They’re blogs, not stories.  They need some more structure.  On a related matter, all the stories start up far too quickly.  There’s no buildup.  No tension.  It just launches into the story.  There’s no “edge of our seats” period for us to get attached to the character or develop concern for what’s going on with him or her.  Finally, the focus on the proxies shifted the threat away from the incomprehensible and terrifying Slender Man to the more understandable and relatable humans.  I’m sorry, but proxies just aren’t scary.  It’s scary to be driven insane, or to find yourself suddenly bending to the will of something and being unable to fight back, but reading about getting attacked by crazy, brainwashed people just isn’t scary.  They’re mooks.  Stormtroopers.  Orcs.  Foot Ninjas.  They’re not really good for anything, and they make the Slender Man seem weaker.  Why would he need to get people to do his dirty work for him?  He’s the Slender Man.  He can eviscerate five full-grown adults and kidnap seven children before breakfast.

So let’s address how some of these problems could have been fixed.  The interconnectedness was a really good idea, but was ruined by too much of a good thing, and by being too improvisational.  It’s like when you’re playing that game where you can only make up a sentence at a time, and there’s always that one wise-ass who completely derails the story with something random and stupid.  In this case, the “wise-ass” is a gamejacker.  The difference between gamejackers of the past gens and current gamejackers is that everyone can start their own blog.  So if someone wants to hijack your story, all they have to do is declare themselves “canon” by making a blog or a twitter or something.  What would have worked better was a controlled plan beforehand.  Limit what goes on in your universe.  Don’t try to be part of everyone’s universe at once.  Keep a few interconnected blogs, but limit them.  don’t let them get out of hand.  What’s more, references to blogs should be optional background, not necessary background.  I shouldn’t need to have to follow five blogs to know what’s going on in one.  Make your story stand-alone with influence from others’, not completely dependent on others’.  Note: this also solves the quality control problem.

As for the lack of buildup and the blog-entry posts…well, this is pretty easy.  Just plan a story out ahead.  Don’t just jump into it.  Come up with background.  Come up with a plot.  Don’t just jump in and go where your mind takes you.  Creating a structured story beforehand solves both of those problems.

As to the proxies…don’t use them.  Not in their current form.  The whole “Revenant” thing going on right now isn’t a bad idea—for something else.  I’d like to see the concept of hypersensitive humans expanded on, and this “I’m gonna hunt down the other Revenants” arc that Reach (and now Ava) have is really interesting.  The thing about it though…it just doesn’t feel like part of the Slender Man mythos.  It feels like it’s a separate, unrelated arc.  In my opinion, it’d be better if it were.  The proxies just feel out-of-place compared to the rest of the mythos.  The one blog where I think they feel right in their current form is Walking the Hallowed Halls.  With proxies, I’d prefer what some call “sleepers” (people who are only sometimes under his control) or what some call “agents” (people who willingly serve him out of insane devotion).

Now, for the more specific things.  One blog that’s gotten a lot of hate lately is H(a)unting.  It started off okay, and with an interesting concept: the Slender Man follows a girl around and lets her live because she seems to be immune to him and he wants to figure out why.  In a way, it’s a similar concept to Twilight.  There’s another similarity I think the two share: they both had potential but bungled it.  I’m going to lose man points for admitting this, but I’ve read the Twilight saga.  I’m going to lose credibility points for saying this, but I actually thought that the books had potential to be a good story.  Unfortunately, they were completely ruined by a cliché, baseless romance that the book focused on.  Same thing with H(a)unting, only instead of a romance, it’s a sitcom.  Their Slender Man is rather affable towards them, and he actually seems protective towards Sandra.  What this does is it turns Sandra into a Mary Sue and ruins the Slender Man’s most attractive aspect: the fear.  Again, I like the original concept, but it’s morphed into a wacky teen comedy that’s horribly inconsistent with the Slender Man’s character.

Let’s look at A Really Bad Joke now.  The thing about this blog is that everything I absolutely love about it, I also absolutely hate about it.  The blog focuses on Maduin pulling pranks on the Slender Man.  While it’s shown that he’s absolutely terrified as he pulls his pranks and that they don’t always work, I personally feel like some of the pranks he shouldn’t get out of alive.  Handing Slendy a “twenny,” for example, or putting a mask over his face.  I just feel that if anyone attempted to do that to Slendy, he wouldn’t let them off the hook for free.  Perhaps he’s merely curious or amused by the pranks, but it just doesn’t feel right.  The giant proxy dance scene was another thing that tore me.  On one hand, it really, really stretches the willing suspension of disbelief.  On the other hand, it really works well.  It feels like Slendy is essentially telling Maduin that he’s amused by him, but ultimately not threatened, and the big dance routine is his way of saying “hey, two can play at this prank thing.”  So Maduin, if you’re reading, here’s my advice: a bit more of a sense of danger, and more retaliation.  Unique and unusual retaliation is encouraged, but try not to go too over-the-top.  Small things like that stretch the willing suspension of disbelief and take the reader out of the experience.

Next blog I’d like to touch on: The London Librarian.  This is a blog that just popped up recently.  It really has an interesting concept, and has a likable character.  Ava (the protagonist) and her mother have cancer, and aren’t long for this planet anyway.  As a result, they feel it’s worth risking their lives to find out more about the Slender Man.  Currently, Ava is traveling with Reach.  This is a blog that I really enjoy the concept of.  On the other hand, it does have one or two problems.  A new blogging circle is springing up, and they’re gravitating towards Reach and Ava.  This results in more of that unplanned interconnectedness that I hate so much.  The other problem I’ve seen is the update speed.  The blog starts a little more than halfway through January.  By the end of the month, there are 63 entries.  It’s nice to have a lot to read, but…well, I have a life.  Factor in that the comments are frequently important when you have so much interconnectedness going on, and that’s a lot of reading material.  I fell behind a day once.  I still haven’t managed to catch back up.  Keep in mind, people: too few updates, and people will say “eh, they don’t update enough to bother following,” but too many updates, and people will say “damn, it’s not worth catching up on this.

The final blog I’d like to touch on is Musical Occurrences.  This blog is completely unrelated to the Core Theory, and is rather unique as far as blogs go.  Now, the nice things about this blog are that it seems to have a set storyline, includes difficult and unique puzzles, decent writing, and a ton of character development.  Reilly, the protagonist, starts as a happy-go-lucky guy who uses an almost annoying amount of emoticons.  There’s a lot of buildup to the actual entrance of the Slender Man, with just enough foreshadowing to keep readers going.  After his brother is kidnapped, the blog’s tone changes drastically.  It’s very well-written.  There’s one large problem I have with it, though: the portrayal of the Slender Man.  In Musical Occurrences, he’s being linked with Indian mythology and religion.  He also wears a hat and is called “Locust.”  While a unique perspective is always nice, I personally feel that the Slender Man portrayed in any blog should be relatively close to the most common views of him.  While he’s undeniably the same person (no face, suit, kidnaps children, kills people and hangs them in trees), Locust just doesn’t quite feel like the Slender Man.

Keep in mind that, yes, a lot of these problems are nit-picky.  Just because I pointed out problems with your blog, I’m not saying that I don’t like them (or that a blog is perfect because I didn’t mention it).  It’s just that there’s a small thing that’s keeping me from declaring the blog an instant classic.  Let me take this time to give you my opinions of what exactly I’d like to see as we enter the 4th Gen.

First of all, I’d like to see a return to the basics.  I want to see crushing, overwhelming, hopeless fear—or at least, a bit more of it.  I’d like to see children play a larger role (though I don’t want things to focus exclusively on children).  I’d like to see a return to that complete confusion that’s prevalent in Just Another Fool and Marble Hornets.  After all, humans have a natural fear of being in the dark—both literally and figuratively.

That doesn’t mean I’m a canon purist, though.  There are some ideas I’d that I’d like to see changed or expanded upon.  I’d like to see fire play a larger role than it has (it’s a nice little aspect that often gets neglected).  I’d like to see water tied in more somehow.  The organs in bags thing is rarely used, and I’d like to see that more often.  I’d like to see more ties to actual existing works, like A Nightmare Before Christmas or Struwwelpeter.  And finally, I’d like to see Yggdrasil play a larger role.

As for the Operator Symbol…I’ve never liked the idea of it as a deterrent.  I’d like it to be a marking of “unsafe territory.”  Essentially, if the protagonist sees an Operatory Symbol, they know that the Slender Man is or has been in that area at some time or another.

In regards to proxies, I’d like to see something where the people he uses to do his work for him are just random people that he brainwashes, has perform a task, and then sends on their way.  I can see him using puppets, but just randomly and on whims, not as an organized thing.  I’ve always liked the idea that the memory loss occurred because you were under his control at that time and had no idea what was going on.  I’d also like to see the word “Hallowed” eradicated entirely.  It’s a stupid word that has unfortunate connotations in this sense.  I’m pretty sure M meant “hollowed” and then decided “eh, screw it, I’ll run with the typo.”

I’d also like to see a change in the style of blog storytelling.  Let me give you some examples of what I mean.  In all the (horribly drawn and painted) examples, the red is the plot, and the blue is outside ideas.

Generation Zero:


In Generation Zero, it was essentially just a pooling of random ideas.  It was all viewer contribution, and there was no real story.

1st Gen:


In 1st Gen, the stories were all secluded, with very little viewer interaction.  There are exceptions, of course, but Marble Hornets, early EverymanHYBRID, early Just Another Fool, and TribeTwelve contain almost no viewer interaction.

2nd Gen:


There was some interaction with viewers—an occasional acknowledgement of what people are saying or a reference to an outside source now and then—but the stories were largely self-contained.

3rd Gen:


Note how everything is purple.  This is because, in the 3rd Gen, every plotline was largely dependent and influential on other blogs.  Everything was an influenced and an influence at the same time.

This is what I’d like to see for 4th Gen:


It doesn’t make that much sense compared to the other graphs, so let me explain.  This is sort of a compromise between 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen.  Think of a “choose your own adventure” type of book.  There’s one starting point, and depending on the choices you make, you could end up with many different endings.  What I’d like is some planning of an overall story, but with factoring in for the possibility of outside events that could change the course of the story.  That way, you get the interaction of the 3rd Gen with the structured story of the 2nd Gen.

And now, for what I don’t want to see.  Well, a good place to start would be this thread on the Slender Nation.  But as for me personally?  Well, I’d like to see fewer “weaknesses.”  There’s that whole electricity/electromagnetism going on right now, and that I can see becoming a part of the mythos as something to temporarily keep him at bay.  But there are more weaknesses surfacing.  Iron.  Salt.  Magic.  All those are stupid weaknesses.

I don’t want him to have any form of coherent speech.  On the other hand, I would prefer a sort of incoherent telekinesis.  I’ve always sort of imagined that he’d speak by projecting feelings of some sort onto people’s brains.

Well, that’s all I can think of for now, and this post has gone on for long enough (and taken me most of the afternoon to write).  So I think I’ll just ask you what you all think of my ideas, and what some ideas of your own are.  What do you want to see?  What don’t you want to see?  Tell me in the comments.


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