thank you for such wonderful feedback. you have me beaming at all of your kind words <3
I love this thought, I just haven’t found the right one for us. I know that our new website platform has a calendar plugin, so with that being sorted & worked on during these next few weeks, I’m hoping we can get something up there that will help us organize our events like that. I’d like to have it linked in the forum menu. preferably a separate bar under our banner, where things like our Newcomer Guide, Discord, Joining the Chat, Encyclopedia etc links can go along with it. Lou goals for the year is a wonderful idea, maybe that’s something we can do annually as a community too.
I love the idea of a newsletter. I know it was something we were talking about in the past, so I’d really love to get that started. what other things would you like to see in a newsletter? what exactly should be shared in a newsletter regarding the staff, etc?
a while back, we made the decision to stop using applications for Lou, simply because we thought that connecting with and approaching potential team members seemed like the best way to bring people on here. however, this doesn’t have to be something we continue and I’m open to bringing applications back if necessary. the way Lou is along with the system we have in place, I thought it was best this way and wanted to try it out. though I do see pros and cons to both applications and not using them, I’m trying to find a good balance between the two and what works best for us.
to be honest, I haven’t gotten this far in my thoughts yet. my main focus has been lore & worldbuilding, chat upkeep, then our forum maintenance, then our website. past team members had been advertising on Facebook, an Instagram has been set up, and I believe we have a DA, FA, and various other accounts elsewhere. but I haven’t really thought about taking advantage of them yet, because we don’t have much to offer those that are not already Chatlands members - if that makes sense? I feel as if we are still a mostly unfinished project, though the closer we get to completing more lore ideas & the basics, the more I am pushed towards thinking about social media and all of those platforms. it’s definitely something I want and need to think about soon, though, I think.
this is something I’ve wanted to keep doing for as long as possible, though I know it’s a bit far-fetched. running on donations has been difficult but also really rewarding. I love being able to tell people that they can upload poses for free, and most of the time they donate simply for that reason. it’s a nice feeling all around. but I don’t know how long we can go that way, especially because a lot of the time deltas are also purchased out of pocket either personally by a team member or through the project’s funding (Patreon & fundraising events). it’s something I would love to maintain, I love the idea of having a donation-driven community, but I know that is something I may need to let go of sometime. I don’t know what will happen for sure, but keeping free subs would be ideal imo.