« Last post by wherewulf on August 21, 2014, 06:43:39 PM »
I don't know if I should answer the original question or offer suggestions as to what we could do for the site, so I guess I'll do both, sort of.
I think tumblr is one reason why TKC isn't as "popular" as it might be; there's no question that for sheer volume of stuff, you can find an ever-flowing fountain of just about whatever topic you're looking for there, including ATLA and Legend of Korra. KF had to compete with tumblr toward the end of its run, and I admit, I went to tumblr because that's where my friends were. At the same time, tumblr can be pretty impersonal; any post you make simply goes into that volume of stuff, you only know if your friends are on if they're posting, and the messaging system can be spotty at times.
Also, the name on our door says "The Korra Connection", and I think--I think that Legend of Korra just doesn't have the same sort of drawing power that ATLA did. We have discussion of what went on on Korra, but things peter out after a while, and yes, there are a lot of names that were there (KF) that aren't here (TKC). We know they could bring fire to the conversation, but they just aren't around, whether disaffected or disappointed by the show or simply have far more engaging interests, it doesn't matter. They're not here.
We're now looking at the end of Korra's Season 3, and when Korra's Season 4 comes and goes (which, given Nick, might very well be by the end of this year, heaven knows), that's it for Korra. It's a source of what brings people here, but I don't think it's as strong as ATLA's was, or Kataang's was.
In terms of where we are going and what we can do... I think the site as it is is okay. It's quiet. Not too much going on. It's a good place for friends to meet and talk about things. Its messaging system is solid. It'll even notify you by email if someone sent you a PM or replied to a topic you're interested in. Our topics, when they're posted, stay put. You don't have to scroll through several thousand reams of electronic stuff just to find one thing that someone posted last night. Or last week. Heaven help you if it was last month.
The biggest thing I liked about KF was the community we had. There are still several people here on TKC that I keep in touch with and send Christmas/holiday and birthday cards too. I think that may be part of what we need to do to improve activty on TKC if that's what we're looking for.
No, not send Christmas/holiday cards, Noodles. XD But that's part of it.
I think we need to invite friends of ours from outside TKC to come and join us here. We need to start making friends of friends. I think KF worked and grew because people did that. It was amazing how many people joined KF after ATLA ended because they wanted to join in what we were doing. We need more friends of friends, so communication grows. So participation grows. So new blood joins us. New topics emerge.
Second (and I hope Natti doesn't shoot me for this), when you make a topic on TKC, it stays put. It doesn't float away on the tide of electronic stuff. We need to reach out to our artist friends from around the Net, even new artists that we don't know, tell them they can display their works here, open their own "galleries" as such, places where people can talk about, celebrate, and share their work. Yes, you can do that on tumblr and on DA, but why not here too?
I don't think we have to compete, necessarily, for page views with tumblr, DA, ASN, or anywhere else. I think we have to invite people in and entice 'em to join us, to be one more place that they visit. Nothing wrong with us being another home of theirs on the Internet.