Does sponsorship on Localism or something else about the NEW Localism make you feel "betrayed?"
Steve Homer left a comment on one of my posts on DiscoverColumbusOH.com (my OUTSIDE ActiveRain blog):
"I, like many other AR members felt a bit betrayed by the new sponsoring system and I still feel that way. I have sponsored nothing, but continue to be an active localism poster which keeps me a good neighbor for the time being -"
You don't have to sponsor a community to participate on Localism. You can post good quality content and that is going to give you the presence.
I know Lenn Harley and Melina Tomson sponsored communities and then canceled the sponsorships. I know some of us... I hate to say "feel betrayed" that the sponsorships were sold for an edited Localism site and then plans changed.
I sponsored four communities on the NEW Localism and they threw in the city of Columbus because with only two Columbus neighborhoods... I was the biggest sponsor in Ohio's biggest city. I posted my community profile for Columbus yesterday. I then re posted the content to my OUTSIDE ActiveRain blog DiscoverColumbusOH.com that's what Steve and other ActiveRain members commented on. I guess on the part I posted at the beginning... I re posted my Columbus profile but did not want it to show up on Localism, just on DiscoverColumbusOH.com I wrote:
"At least for now I have the spot as sponsor for the city of Columbus on Localism.com I have mixed feelings about that. I am disappointed that with only two city of Columbus neighborhoods, Clintonville and Polaris, I got the City of Columbus for free. For at least a month the sponsorship of the city of Columbus is mine for sponsoring the most city of Columbus communities. Sad.
Sad.... also since I wrote this all but unless I re post it to my DiscoverColumbusOH.com it will be gone once someone with money and big ambitions notices they can sponsor three Columbus neighborhoods and get the City of Columbus sponsorship on Localism.com for free. Then what I wrote will be gone, gone, all gone... Nope it is here."
I know I was disappointed when ActiveRain announced the NEW Localism that they had not come up with a different way to monetize ActiveRain / Localism.com than selling the real estate agents neighborhood sponsorship... It's been done, time and time again by one vendor after another... "let me sell you the neighborhood you have been working for the past ten years... it will bring you business...." does being the "neighborhood expert" bring you business? Point2 Agent, RSP? I can't think of all the vendors who have had neighborhoods, ZIP codes, etc for us to buy or sponsor.
I know I thought ActiveRain had "Jumped the Shark" when they announced the NEW Localism and all they could come up with was
"psst hey R-E-A-L-A-T-O-R I have a nice neighborhood or 20 to sell you."
What I thought initially about me personally buying neighborhoods in the Land Rush I can't really recall. I probably was not going to do it at first. I never did on Point2 Agent or elsewhere.
I know at some point I worked out whatever issues I had about spending money on sponsoring a community or two or three or four (but not five communities because I did NOT want the T-shirt.) I bought four communities. I don't think it means I am comfortable with the way ActiveRain chose to monetize ActiveRain or think others should sponsor ActiveRain or even that I LOVE ActiveRain anymore than anyone else does...
Monetizing ActiveRain I think the way I worked it out in my mind for me to sponsor communities is this:
ActiveRain did not want us to pay for memberships... we've probably talked about paying for membership since late 2006... or early 2007...that we would pay to belong... us loyal AR enthusiasts (some of us who have stopped contributing content but were wiling to pay... for it back in 2006) I did not think that was a good idea for monetizing ActiveRain but I would have paid.
In 2007 (?) ActiveRain started talking about selling OUTSIDE blogs... I thought devoted members were lining up to pay for OUTSIDE blogs. I had two blogs plus ActiveRain but was waiting to see how the OUTSIDE blogs looked... how they were set up. It was an opportunity to give AR some money... I could figure out what blog to kill off... but then ActiveRain GAVE us OUTSIDE blogs for free. That would not have generated much money though.
I think initially when the NEW Localism was announced I thought I WILL NOT PAY for THAT ....but at some point decided if THAT is all ActiveRain has to sell I will buy THAT.