It’s Not Me, It’s You

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3 thoughts on “It’s Not Me, It’s You

  1. Great essay Peter! I shared it with my fellow members of Bluegrass Pyrotechnics Guild at our yearly banquet and everybody really enjoyed it!


  2. Hey Peter, had a thought of a topic to explore in the blog maybe. What keeps fireworks down? When you look at all the different clubs, companies, organizations, forums out there or even tally of 1.4 sales you get a sense of the total number of pyros there are across our country. We really are a very minuscule group of a common interest/hobby compared to say golfers, boaters, sewers, religion, boyscouts, tattoos, bands, book clubs, scrap bookers, fishers, gamers, car clubs, racing, stamp, coin collectors comic bookers, sports, reenactments, or a billion other activities people align or identify themselves with or as.

    WHY? When fireworks clearly are the coolest thing out there. Millions of Americans come out to displays every year, who hasn’t seen fireworks in their lifetime, which would suggest it’s not a lack of public interest. Yet just as many have never seen one or more of the many actives above, but those activities seem to have much greater traction in the public conscious for people to be more than a spectator like those of fireworks.

    I have no preconceived notion to the answer but suggest it may be a combination of many things from access, culture, expense, regulation, novelty or other reasons. But for each of those reasons there are activities that mirror the road blocks like expense, just look at boating or golfing.

    So any way, thought it might be an interesting topic to explore why FW just doesn’t gain the traction like other popular activities and we remain an exclusive bunch.

    1. Nick, thank you for reading! That is an interesting point and I will definitely look for some answers.

      Hopefully this site and others like it will act as positive PR for fireworks and engage more people to enjoy them in some way.

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