Update: Thanks to everyone who have read and commented (and some noted) me on the matter of helping getting this group back up and running. I will be contacting the people who have demonstrated they've be interested in helping between today and tuesday. Also! I do have one person on board who will be helping me get through the backroom and get all the submissions sorted. So, if you had something that was never accepted and just timed out, expect to see my request to add it in in the next few days. Thanks and we'll be in touch. -M-
So, it's been quite a while. I've been off of dA for a bit due to some things I needed to handle. I've been back and forth out of town, seeing a doctor in another city about a treatment for the muscle disorder I have. Between all the traveling, the paperwork, all the tests...has left me running on empty. Combine that with starting classes again and working 30 hour weeks to save up for a trip... I haven't been on dA actually in general since then, so it's nothing in particular to hear. I have been thinking about this group in general and I go backwards and forwards about what to do with it. I know I have tried a few different things but it's both a) hard to do it alone, as this is a fairly large group when it wants to be and b) kinda hard to gain interest and participation in the things I DO try. It's a double edge sword. I wouldn't go out of my way to participate in things either for a group that seems to be like the "off and on again boyfriend". But, I can give you my word that I do love this group and I sincerely want it to be great as it was.
But I can't do it alone, I can't. I can tolerate doing all the backroom stuff. But I NEED to know what YOU want. What is is that I can do, that THIS group can do, that will get you active and wanting to take part? I can think of prompts and put out prompts, but only 3 people or so will participate. We have far more than that number of people in this group. I know a lot of the members aren't even on dA anymore, I get that. But I know a lot of them are. And I know there's new people coming in all the time and I want to tap into that marker too. But most importantly, I want this to be what you guys deserve. The ones who have stuck with us this whole time, despite the problems this group has faced. I believe in this group, but I want you guys to believe in it too.
But like I said, it can't be done with just me. I can't participate and submit things and expect this group to go anywhere. And likewise, since it isn't just my group, I don't expect the things I like to mean anything to the overall members. I want to do what you guys like, and what will actually get you wanting to be involved. I would post a poll but that seems so informal, and we also don't have super group status. Which I will get back for us once we have a game plan (and I get paid lol).
So yeah. That is where I am with that. As for the backroom stuff, I wasn't aware that the (few) admin I had on staff hadn't been around to submit while I was absent. So, I imagine most of it has expired. So for now, if you know you have tried to submit something and it has expired, just note it to me. Though I will ask, if you have more than once, put it all in one note lol I'll be clearing out the backroom this week and will let you all know when you can go back to submitting the normal way.
It is my hope to try to find a few people who are active to be apart of the team, so I am not doing it all by myself. It is also my hope we can have a variety of things going and hopefully do collabs with other groups too. And ultimately, it is my hope that TWM can go back to meaning something.
Thanks and I hope to hear from you all soon.