Ben Kinney Shared His Perspective At
AR Weekly Zoom MeetUp Sept. 1st
EDIT: Be sure to read Eileen Burns post about the MeetUp with Ben Kinney.
Last week, Ben Kinney joined the MeetUp. He explained his timetable for the "rehabilitation" of the coding now on the ActiveRain site. Generously, Ben has been using income from his other businesses to support the costs of keeping AR online month after month. With those running smoothly, he explained he will be able to take more of his personal time to focus on AR.
Ben announced that he has hired a dedicated full-time developer to work out the problems at the site. He stated that the dreaded 504 message is at the top of the list and already under investigation! Seeing that error message gone will make many of us very happy!
Learning about the online world for Ben himself began on ActiveRain. He endorsed the lessons he had learned as he participated at AR. ActiveRain University, he said, will be re-integrated into the main site at some time in the future.
When asked about eliminating some aspects, he carefully explained that the coding had been tinkered (my word) with by Trulia. He explained that he had to be VERY careful that the crossovers in the code were clearly identified before he could just delete certain aspects. Hmmm... Visualize cooked spaghetti or snarled threads ...
That "tinkering" had cost members SEO rankings. Ben said he intends to remedy the situation. He wants AR members posts to rise to the top again.
Ben asked members who have specific concerns to identify them and make sure he learns what they are. When asked about the previous capacity to schedule posts to go live at a certain time in the future, he asked if it was working now. One Zoom MeetUp participant answered, "Yes - about 2% of the time." and another stated, "It hasn't worked for years." He added that item to his list.
Ben said that he wants members to hear from him directly what steps are being taken to resore the robust health of ActiveRain. To that end, he will be joining the Zoom MeetUp once a month from September 2020 going forward.
Thanks to Ben's ActiveRain committment,
the future looks positive for AR member Blogs again.