Well, we made it.  The world as we know it ended, and we’re still here.

Big thanks to everybody who’s followed Bad Influences, whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or joined along the way, and especially to Fiona for contributing her own apocalyptic struggles to the ongoing story.

So, what to do now?

Firstly, I’d love your feedback on the story, whether you followed it in real time or are reading it post-completion.

Secondly, I’d like to invite you to build a part of the post-pandemic world in which Bad Influences is set, and let the real-time story continue.

Trying not to spoiler too badly for those partway through, I will say that whether by accident, design, distraction or apathy, the characters all have their reasons for no longer posting to their blogs.  Still, life goes on.  If you’ve got a blog about life after the end of the world, give a short description and a link to it in the comment box below.  If you don’t, start one.  Or if you don’t want to blog about your post-apocalypse life, just read and maybe comment on some of the others.

Despite abandoning their own blogs, perhaps the original Bad Influences will occasionally browse this forum and find time to comment on a few others in passing.


3 Responses to Survivors’ Forum

  1. Fiona says:

    Hello Survivors,

    There’s something I’ve been wanting to say for awhile, but I didn’t want to sound crass – what with all everyone’s been going through, everything that’s been lost, EVERYONE that we’ve lost….the grief and trauma we’ve all been through, some a lot more than me I know. I don’t want to trivialize that for anyone.

    But…the world was heading for some kind of crisis no matter what, wasn’t it? The overpopulation, strained resources, environmental collapse, climate change, civil wars and rise of authoritarianism all over the world…

    This pandemic has been painful, but at least relatively fast, and the environment’s still somewhat intact, in comparision to say, nuclear war – it could have been worse. The worst of it’s over now, pandemic-wise at least, and now it’s a new start for Earth and the human race, a breathing space for the environment to recover. Survival comes first and will still be a great challenge for many of us, but I think we should be looking forward with hope.

    What do you think?

    • Jack says:

      Hey Fiona. I guess from out here the population and resources never did seem strained until after it all went down. We were never short of supplies in the stores, even though we were miles out from a small town. Now we’ve got to start building up those production and trade networks again, or learn to make do with what we got locally.
      I guess there’s hope for the future in the W4 though – means we can work out who needs what over big distances and get organised without using up a ton of fuel and time for basic communication. Maintaining that’s the big challenge we’re gonna face now.

  2. Fiona says:

    Good point. We have to retain the good things we’ve learned, so we can try and build things up better than before, long term. That’s why I don’t think these blogs, or me using up power reading them, are really as frivolous as it might seem. It’s good to keep some connection to the big picture.

    In the short term, we’re all on the 100 mile diet now, I guess, or maybe 10 mile diet, hopefully not starvation diet. Good bye Coffeeeee…:-(

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