Is it just me or has vaping hit a major slow-down on social media? What was once a hive of activity and enthusiasm has now become almost a wasteland. Vaping reviewers are struggling for views, forums aren't busy, FB pages are going un-Liked and unviewed. What is happening? Some may view it as the beginning of the end. I view it in much happier terms - as the end of the beginning.
Most of us probably cook a lot. Do we subscribe to cooking forums, follow cooking podcasts religiously, keep absolutely up to date with product reviews on every new kitchen gizmo that comes out? I certainly don't. So is there a reason I would do it with vaping? What started as an avid hobbyist pursuit with a billion things to learn has now integrated seamlessly into mainstream routine. Once you have chosen your device(s) and your juice(s), I don't see much reason to keep dedicating hours to following it and learning more about it.
I used to look forward to month-ends, browsing DIY vendors for new flavours and flavour lines in stock, deciding what new flavours I'd play with this month. I used to refresh the recipes page on ATF every morning. I used to watch DJLsb and other reviewers avidly. It used to be an adventure. Now it's a routine. Do I need to get excited about a new strawberry flavour when it'll be much the same as other strawbs out there? Or at least have much the same pros and cons? Do I need to be excited about a blueberry cheesecake recipe when it'll be just another take on the others that have come before it? Do I need to get breathless about a dripper or mod that will be much like every other dripper or mod I own? I think most vapers have got into their comfort zone now, the need to explore and experiment is waning.
Again, let's compare to cooking. I have seen brands of peanut butter, ketchup, mayonnaise, jam in my supermarket that I've never tried. Is there a hole in my life because I haven't tried them? I drink wine at dinner. Do I absolutely have to try every wine I can find on the market, or will finding one I like - and then sticking to that - suffice?
Where I once wanted to order every new flavour on the market, I now find myself only browsing DIY vendors when I'm low on stock - and then generally restocking the flavours I already have and know and use in the fifty juices already in my rotation. I no longer feel an urge to increase that to a hundred juices, to boost my 300 flavours to 500 then 1000 then 1500. It just isn't grabbing me like it used to.
I think vaping's golden age, the period when vapers absolutely had to try every new thing on the market, is over now. From what I am seeing, vapers are now just trying a few things, finding one they like, and then sticking to that. On the one hand, it could be seen as a bad thing, that vapers are losing interest. But on the other, it could be seen as a good thing - that vaping has now become so commonplace and ingrained that we're just not making a big deal about it anymore. You thoughts?