It's funny how each ActiveRain day lately seems to have a theme associated with the blogs that I visit.
Today was "Where have all the people gone?" day, some asking about ActiveRain as a whole, some asking about their Associates or people who used to visit their blogs regularly, some asking about their city, county, or state.
Many people give up when they don't get immediate gratification from something. It's an "I want it now" world, and too many people don't realize that success still requires persistency and consistency in one's work ethics.
Some people, of course, are still trying to find their online identity and community. For some, it's not ActiveRain. For me, it is. Note that I don't Facebook or Twitter. My online identity and community is not over there, nor is it at Merchant Circle, Linked In, or several others.
Perhaps if I needed more business, more than I already get from ActiveRain, I would get my feet wet in some other places. However, if I wanted business from those other places, I would actually need to do more than just get my feet wet.
Business success comes from persistency and consistency in getting out of something what you put in, a work ethic that many today never learned. It really doesn't matter where you set up your online shop as long as you are willing to persistently and consistently contribute to that community.