Last Friday I hinted at change and today I’ll hint more. I feel like I’m reading a book, the characters are all deeply involved in the action and I can’t wait to see how they resolve everything. Today, I’ll put to rest the rumors about Cre8asiteforums.
I die, see Dumblefore, who only pretended to die in the last book, and we magically both come back to life just in time to save the world from the devastation created by social media sites and Google.
It Takes a Village to Raise a Forums
Cre8asiteforums is taking new steps towards becoming a conscious contributor to the web site design and search engine marketing industries. We changed our tagline from “Building Better Websites Together” to “Building Better Web Sites Together, For A Better World”.
After Thanksgiving and hopefully next month, I’ll announce our forums Site Sponsor. They are a well-known company who have been strong supporters for Cre8asiteforums and have offered to financially assist the forums in our mission to provide community, support and peaceful co-creation and product development. In return, they get to share their business, products and services with a mighty global reach.
One of my personal guiding principles is the Native American belief, “We’re all Relatives”. They believe that everything is Life, from the “two legged” (humans), to “four legged” (animals) and all plants, rocks, insects, sea life, etc. (It extends to the Ancestors and Spirits Unborn yet too.) When you approach life with the belief that everything you do has an effect on a Relative of your’s, you become more conscious, instead of unconscious, as we tend to be in the daily whirlwind of life.
I can’t begin to describe how difficult it is to run an Internet forums when you believe that everyone who arrives, including the spammers, are Relatives. Even the people who are arrogant, uncooperative, and have an agenda are valuable and rightfully there.
I think it’s very difficult for the people who chose to be Moderators in Cre8asiteforums to be patient in a forums where “Mom”, as I’m sometimes referred to, believes automated bots should be invited to Thanksgiving dinner. (Okay, I don’t really. I’m not that evolved yet.)
The point is, my Co-Administrator, Bill Slawski, and I, care deeply about where web development and web marketing fits into the Big Global Picture and how we can co-create with like-minded professionals in ways that manifest into positive, mindful products, without hurting or destroying the planet along the way.
We’re thinking Green Marketing. We’re inspired by positive problem solving and cooperation.
The Color Green
Green is the color of trees. Green is also the color of USA money and since I live in America, it’s the color I see the most of. (Actually, if you use PayPal, it has no color at all.)
As part of our “going green plan”, Cre8pc.com is turning Cre8asiteforums into a revenue generating business.
I have a VERY LONG PLAN, which I gave to Bill to help me whittle down to SOMETHING PLAUSIBLE. Yesterday I announced to our Moderators the introduction of two new forums. I’ll tell you about them once we name and install them. One is focused on non-profit endeavors and one is focused on for-profit. We like the balance there.
The forums blog, Cre8tiveFlow, stays and is undergoing an overhaul. We’re a forums known for incredible discussions that tap into what people are thinking, feeling and questioning. The blog highlights them. We also have prolific writers on our staff and the Community at large, who we’ll be giving more exposure to. Friends in the business who have reputable books, educational programs, and tools with affiliate programs attached, will find a home in our Blog to advertise them.
This is just a hint of what’s to come. A mere whisper, in fact. For 2008, as we get “play money”, we will be supporting the industries we serve in ways we’ve long dreamed of doing, in ways we know will help based on a year of research and feedback.
What began as a club in 1998 and formed into a forums in 2002, is now looking at its 10th year in 2008. Fame and fortune were never the purpose of starting the discussion forum. I felt it was time, in today’s Internet environment, to make changes because the forums are too large to be a simple “labor of love” project.
There are no unrealistic expectations for a flawless flow of change and I have no desire to turn Cre8asiteforums into “Fluffy the cat”, where everything is politically correct and coordinated by Disney.
The only obvious difference is that we’ll be running the ship more like a business so we can do more stuff.