Taking a Step Back…

Hi everyone,

Over the past few weeks, you have probably noticed that Degrassi Online has not been updated as frequently as it once was. I wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a step back from this website over the next few months.

When I started Degrassi Online in 2008 (back then it was still Degrassi-Fans.com), there were very few Degrassi fansites or blogs. Twitter and Tumblr were not as prominent as they are today, and Degrassi was between the new and TNG generations. I started Degrassi-Fans.com as a way to support the show that I loved and believed in. I knew there was an audience who would watch the new generation (then Clare, KC, Alli, etc.), and I wanted to connect to that audience. When I was a teenager, Degrassi was my hope. It was the one thing I could look forward to every week. It is so great to see future generations having that as well.

It has been an amazing 4 years. I have made some incredible friendships in the Degrassi universe and I am so grateful for the experiences that we have all shared together. I have had the privilege of visiting the set of Degrassi, working with the amazingly dedicated people at Epitome, and leading various projects such as our most recent Degrassi Design Competition.

I know this probably sounds like a ‘goodbye’ message, but I don’t intend it to be. Degrassi Online will not be closing completely. You will still be able to find all of our old content, podcasts, etc. You may also hear from me from time to time, but note that I will not be able to update very often. There will be a lot of changes in my life next year as I have been given various opportunities that I am excited to take on. I don’t have the time and motivation that this website requires, but I will never stop watching Degrassi (how could I?).

Love to all Degrassians!

Degrassi Bloggers Visit the Set of Degrassi

Yesterday I, along with 4 other Degrassi bloggers, were lucky enough to get the chance to visit the set of Degrassi in Toronto. We were there to meet the producers/actors/writers/crew/etc. and get an inside look at the production side of the show. I was there with Kary from Degrassi Blog, Alex and Taylor from Degrassi Experience, and my fellow blogger and Degrassi Talks co-host, Ashley. I think I can speak for all 5 of us when I say that we had an amazing time! We were so lucky to be able to have this experience. Degrassi is very open to working with the fans and bloggers. It is obvious that they are so passionate about the show, because we love it so much. I’ve never met such an open and welcoming group of people.

I will have lots of behind the scenes details to share throughout the summer season, but in the meantime, here are some interesting details about our visit.

Read More

Pictures: Degrassi Bloggers Visit the Set

Yesterday, myself along with Kary from Degrassi Blog, Alex and Taylor from Degrassi Experience and Degrassi Online’s own Ashley were lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit the set of Degrassi! My exclusive report from the set of Degrassi season 12 will be posted shortly. In the meantime, check out some of the pictures I took throughout the day. You can find them all in this album in our gallery.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out the Degrassi Online Twitter for updates that we tweeted throughout the day!

Follow Degrassi Online on Tumblr!

Degrassi Online has joined the Degrassi Tumblr Community!

For those of you on Tumblr, you can now follow Degrassi Online at http://Degrassi–Online.tumblr.com! Get the latest Degrassi news straight to your Tumblr dash, as well as pretty gifs and everything that Tumblr has to offer.

Tumblr is a micro-blogging community where you can share videos, pictures, music, etc. If you’re not on Tumblr yet, you can sign up right here.

Also check out official Tumblrs from Degrassi & its cast members:
Annie Clark
Aislinn Paul
Alex Steele
Cassie Steele
Jordan Todosey
Melinda Shankar
Chloe Rose
AJ Saudin
Alexx Benoit
Official Degrassi
Degrassi Writers

Welcome New Degrassi-Fans.com Contributor – Chrissy

Degrassi-Fans.com readers may have noticed that we’ve had a lot more posts this past week. All of the credit goes to our new contributor – Chrissy!

Chrissy is going to be helping me out with updates as my life becomes more hectic. I’m very happy to have her!

Degrassians may know Chrissy already. She runs the very popular Twitter account @DegrassiDaily, with close to 1,500 followers! She also worked on the old dtng.com, the Degrassi Realm Forum, and the Tales of Degrassi website. Chrissy has been watching Degrassi since 2002, and she is currently a college student focusing on Web Design and Film.

I think that Chrissy is going to be a great addition to the Degrassi-Fans.com family. Go follow her on Twitter if you haven’t already, and keep checking Degrassi-Fans.com for all the latest Degrassi news and media!

Special thanks to everybody else who applied to be a contributor. I was overwhelmed with applications. If I ever need more help, I will get in touch with some of you soon!!

xox Erin

Attention Degrassians!! Degrassi-Fans.com Needs Your Help!!

Attention Degrassians!!

As you may have noticed lately, I’ve been finding it difficult to keep this website up to date the way that I would like it to be. Due to the fact that I’m going through many changes in my life right now, I haven’t had the time or motivation to update as frequently as I used to. However, I definitely do not want to close this website anytime soon (I love it way too much).

So this is a call to all of you. Any Degrassi fan who would like to get involved in maintaining this website — I need your help! I am primarily looking for somebody who (along with myself) can update Degrassi-Fans.com with the latest news and Degrassi information.

Here is a brief example of the type of posts I make here at Degrassi-Fans.com:
-News articles about Degrassi
-Video interviews with Degrassi cast members
-Press releases from Epitome, CTV/Much Music, and TeenNick
-Updates on previous Degrassi Junior High & TNG cast members and where they are now
-Promos and spoilers (e.g. episode summaries)
-Making & uploading screencaps (**This is a big – and sometimes annoying – job, especially with 4 episodes per week)
-Uploading other pictures (e.g. promotional pictures, cast appearances, etc.)
-Awards & nominations Degrassi receives
-Any other new information about Degrassi and its cast/crew

I’m looking for someone who meets these qualifications:
-Excellent written communication. I’m looking for somebody with proper grammar and spelling, and who can maintain a level of professionalism that I want for this website. This isn’t your 11 year old sister’s Twitter account. Degrassi-Fans.com is all about keeping fans up to date on the latest Degrassi news.
-Has the time and motivation to keep Degrassi-Fans.com up to date. This is the most difficult part for me. There are days when there isn’t any Degrassi news, but then there are also days when there is like 10 stories that need to go up as fast as possible. I’m looking for somebody who is able to keep up with the Degrassi fandom and update as often as possible.
-Experience using WordPress. This is not essential, because WordPress is easy to use and I’m sure most of you would be able to pick it up really fast. But if you have a WordPress blog or website already, it’s definitely an asset.
-Basic Photoshop experience. I don’t use Photoshop for much other than resizing and sharpening pictures for thumbnails. You don’t need to be an expert; just somebody who knows the basics.
-The most important part: A love and respect for the Degrassi brand. I’m looking for somebody who loves Degrassi, not only as a television show but as a concept or idea. This is not an Eli Appreciation Website, nor is it even a website solely for The Next Generation. It’s for everything Degrassi, from Kids of Degrassi St. to Now or Never. Degrassi is a quality show that has not only changed youth culture, but the lives of young people around the world. I want that kind of passion to shine through.

If you are interested in helping out, please send an email to DegrassiTalks@gmail.com and I will try and get back to you within the week.

Thank you!

New Layout!!

As you can see with your very own eyes, Degrassi-Fans.com has a brand new layout!!

I decided to change up our look as we begin the next batch of new episodes (which, by the way, are less than 1 month away!!!). This layout features the gorgeous pictures from a recent TeenNick photoshoot. It’s fun, it’s bright, and I hope you guys like it!

This layout was designed by Becky from Burningbright.us! As you can see, she is a great web designer. Make sure you visit her website for allll your website & graphic design needs.

Let me know what you think of the layout AND if you find any links that need to be updated. I think I got them all, but let me know if there’s something that still isn’t working.

New Degrassi-Fans.com Gallery Layout!

Just wanted to let you guys know that we (finally) have a new layout for the photo gallery. I think it looks really great! Big thanks to DK-Designs.org for making it for us! And also thanks to Aislinn for always looking so adorable.

I am working on uploading screencaps for the seasons I haven’t done yet. Hopefully season 2 will be up by this weekend sometime! I’ll keep you guys posted.

Brief Hiatus; Back on Monday!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know that Degrassi-Fans.com will be on a brief hiatus for the next 5 days. I am going away this weekend, and apparently the hotel is sans internet. It’s tragic, I know. Anyway that means that promos, screencaps, news, etc. wont be updated until Monday night. I hope you all enjoy Umbrella Part 1 without me! Looks like it should be a good episode. Hopefully I’ll still be able to check in on twitter every once in a while.


PS. We now know that after “Halo Part 2″ (episode 1032) airs, it looks like we will be without Degrassi until February 2011. Somehow we’ll make it through…

Happy Birthday Degrassi-Fans.com & Sam Earle!

Today is the 2nd anniversary of Degrassi-Fans.com. I started this website on Oct. 4, 2008. Maybe the layout wasn’t as pretty back then, but this little project turned into so much more than I ever intended! When I started Degrassi-Fans.com it was the beginning of season 8. Degrassi was going through a rough period. A lot of the old fansites were closing, the old fans were moving on, and the new generation was being introduced. I knew there were new fans out there who were going to love Degrassi, so I wanted to create a fansite that supported the new cast & characters. Degrassi-Fans.com is a fansite for Degrassi as an institution – whether it’s Junior High, TNG, or the current cast. I love Degrassi, its message, and its heart. It’s amazing to see how much Degrassi has grown since 2008, specifically this past year. I love how passionate the fans are about the “new” characters (not so new anymore!). Hopefully this site will keep going for another 2 years! Degrassi is a good show – they should have no problem.

Also, today is the birthday of one of those “new” cast members I was talking about. Sam Earle is turning the big 1-7! Make sure you all wish him a happy birthday on Twitter!! It really is true what they say – 17 is the best year of your life. Enjoy it!