I Have a Different Viewpoint About ActiveRain Points and I am Proud of It !
I see many members rushing to accumulate points with post after post of not much interest and not many or in some case any comments. My personal opinion about ActiveRain is that I love the experience. I like it that many people comment on my posts and we can learn from each other. I like it that I am building a quality readership of interested members but also building long term friendships. I feel rich with friendships here in the Rain, people I can count on for advise, teaching me new things and me sharing my skills with them.
I am in no rush to just accumulate points, I would rather have a few less and have the relationship. But both is really nice. I faithfully log in to ActiveRain several times a day and evening to comment while I may post a blog only a few times a week. But I make a strong effort to make the post worthwhile. If is in the Photoblogging category, I especially want to provide things of interest and I leave the post up long enough so others may enjoy the effort.
I care very much about each person that takes the time to comment and I try to make the posts interesting and always try to give it my best effort. Why bother filling up space and time with just getting any old post up because you feel the need to add points for the week. Do it because you have something to share or to offer others a posting that may be of interest, entertaining or informative. That is in my opinion on how we help each other the most. By sharing things of value. And I know consumers will always be attracted to things of interest and value.
I recognize the true competitive spirit in striving for position within our membership and I would never discourage that. But for me, I am taking my time and enjoying the journey. Don't think for a minute that I am complacent about ActiveRain. It has become a very significant part of my daily life, I have invested a lot of time and effort and would help anyone at anytime any way I can. I am just different in how fast that my posts needs to be done. Consistent, steady and build with as much quality as one can. These posts last indefinitely and I want my on-line reputation to be about something of value to others.
When I started ActiveRain before I began building enduring friendships, I probably went about it much the same way as those racing to the top. If you don't build quality along the way with readers and friendships that can endure for a lifetime, what's the rush. I don't need a title, I have had plenty in life. I am going for the quality of the experience and enjoying everything and everyone along the way.
Perhaps as I have grown older, I realize that it is people and quality of relationships that I seek out most from the ActiveRain network. I am guessing that many if not most of the readers attracted to my posts feel similar.
In the end, what is the payoff for all the special care and effort. Out of the approx. 230,000 members, I rank 44th in subscribers to my blog. Here is a link to the Top Subscribed To Members. It says to me, build it right and they will come.
Being a photoblogger, my post would not be complete without at least one photo. Enjoy!
Bee Bathing in Pollen