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Changes you may not be aware of

From: Bill A.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:08 PM

I said I would communicate with the group primarily through Discussions/General Messages. Since writing those messages December 28, 2012 nearly a month has passed and things are settling in.

I'm MOST pleased to see a renewed interest in some members and increased activity in the photo albums, posting and commenting.

I'm most disAPPOINTED to see almost NO activity in the Discussions [0 views in some cases], which tells me most of you are unaware of what's taking place in the group, or what's changed. Some folks want to have a monthly meeting and if that's going to work we need about 20 people to attend each meeting or it's just not worth the effort to plan.

Here's what's changed.

After months of inactivity we had a meeting—a special presentation, that three members attended. Given the late notice, that was fine.

We have our first photo shoot of 2013 planned at Longwood Gardens, with an experienced event host[ess] and more than ten members planning to attend.

I've moved photos in the photo albums so they appear where they should. Over time I will cull photos from some albums because experience has shown, if there are too MANY photos in an album, before all are viewed, the viewer tires and stops viewing. That leads to fewer comments being posted and little interaction. IOW, we don't need thirty photos of the same subject posted by the same photographer. Thirty photos of the same subject taken by DIFFERENT photographers, OTOH, can be VERY engaging; to SOME degree, we all have a different eye. I plan to add more theme albums and photo challenges in the weeks and months ahead. Given the focus of this group, posting your photos to photo albums and commenting on other members' posts, is an excellent way to connect with and encourage one another, and to learn about photography in the process.

I am an organizer who supports cross-pollination between groups. IOW, if you can't make it to our first outing at Longwood Gardens I support your going to Longwood Gardens with another group. And I welcome members of other groups to join us on outings WE plan. Many of us belong to more than one photography Meetup so what's the harm? Delaware Valley Photo Friends plans an outing to Longwood Gardens on March 4.

If you're not REALLY familiar with our home page, and you only visit the page once a week rather than several times a day, you're likely unaware of what's happening. CENTER page are listed the upcoming meetup events. There's only ONE at the moment and a list of recent meetup events. In the far right hand column are the most recent activities, e.g., photo posts, photo comments, initiated discussions, etc. When there is a flurry of activity in one day, what happened at 8 a.m. is lost from view by 5 p.m. What one needs to do within Meetup's hierarchy is click on tabs. If you go to Discussions, look in the far right column and check the Latest Reply dates. If there are dates that occurred since you last visited, check out the discussion. START a discussion. Express your thoughts. If you're interested in photos check the photo albums and sort by Activity. You needn't check every album but DO check those for subjects that interest you, comment, and post your OWN photos.

There appears to be a lot of newbies, beginners, and budding amateur photographers in this group stating they want to learn. There are MANY ways to learn and we can begin to explore those many ways; that will beGIN in Discussions.

I am STILL not certain where this group should concentrate its activities. By "where" I mean geographically AND subject wise. Rosemary has graciously offered to put together some poll questions which I will review, and post. Please PLEASE respond to the poll, and OTHER polls, or this group will be a ship afloat, drifting, with no one at the tiller and without a map or a compass. We won't be rescued. The smart will abandon ship and swim away; the rest will eventually starve.


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