So now we're at 145,000+ members on Active Rain. 145,000 people. That's no small village. I did a population search and we're now somewhere between the size of Kansas City, Kansas and Vancouver, Washington. Interspersed between those cities sit Rockford, Illinois, Oceanside, California, Springfield, Missouri and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For fun, I'll throw in Dayton Ohio too!
Needless to say, these are sizeable cities. I think that there's a lot of anonimity in those cities....in those numbers. When I first joined the rain, I believe that I was in a community of less than 25,000 people. I like small communities. There's something very small, very quaint and very personal about them. They're just fun, very cozy, and just so great for people to really know each other a lot. It's so much more personal than cities the size of the 145,000 member communities.
When you get to the size of 145,000 members, how do you stand out? At the other end of the spectrum, we now have 145,000 members all in real estate or in some related industry. Standing out and getting noticed is as difficult as ever. The members of Active Rain want to get noticed within the community of Active Rain as well as in the social media that exists for the general public. TWO MAJOR GOALS for true engagers within the Active Rain community.
Needless to say, THERE ARE A LOT OF BENEFITS to being part of aLARGE COMMUNITY, especially when that community is so like minded.
1) If you're featured, you have something great to say. Great people recognize it and others can learn from a great post as well. The featured post just lets all the others know that something great was said. If you're featured in a community this size...savor it. You're recognized for your talent at that moment.
2) The competition isn't amongst each member of Active Rain. There is a competition, but it's really against the others in your field within your local community and your specialty. There really is no one better with SEO than the gurus who operate Activer Rain. I have had so much success in Active Rain that I got rid of my personal website. That's huge for me!!!! The bottom line is that if you have some great posts and some great tags, you'll be all over google at just the right spots at just the right time. I have received 36 referrals since joining Active Rain.
3) A large Active Rain community means that you have more peer resources that otherwise would not have been available in a small community. A small community is quaint, but the resources that you have from a smaller community
If there was one sin about Active Rain, it's that some people joined Active Rain a long time ago, but had never posted since then. In other words, we have a lot of "members" who give us a false security of size...and the reality is that we don't have that size. I'm curious as to how many active members exist in Active Rain.
Needless to say, large communities have issues. I frankly don't like them. I live in a community that has grown from just over 7,000 people to now just over 31,000 and it seems like 3.1 million. In Active Rain, this largre community, has really blossomed into something huge, but it's huge...not just in size, but huge in what it has to offer it's members.