Just curious, but I left the hobby in 2015 and came back at the start of 2020.
When I left, the industry was still growing and blogs and forums were still bustling.
I expected the industry to only grow from here.
Now coming back, many blogs have closed, the overall hobby seems much smaller, YYF doesn’t upload nearly as much media as it did, and everything seems to be a lot more underground.
I understand that the industry is oversaturated with brands, but the hobby just doesn’t seem nearly as big as it did, I know that the yoyo hobby grows and shrinks in popularity, new players come in, some stay, some leave. But everything is so quiet now. Go to any yoyo forum and compare the activity of prior years to these recent times, and it shows.
I didn’t want to be the guy who recreates the “Is yoyoing dying thread” but Nagao winning worlds was kinda the last hot topic. Don’t get me wrong I see a lot of players still uploading stuff and being innovative, but even then it seems like something is missing.
There are so many good throws coming out, but where is everybody?
Did we hit the threshold or are we still riding the trough of the wave?
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