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Thread: DogWalkBloggs, slow to build momentum or slowly dying?

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    DogWalkBloggs, slow to build momentum or slowly dying?

    When I started SongofthePaddle I had no idea what to expect and was surprised at how fast it took off and drew people in. With DogWalkBloggs I had that experience behind me and was sure that the site filled a niche. I also had the SotP members as an audience to tell about the forum in addition to emailing lots of dog clubs etc.

    The feedback from emails etc has always been very positive. The site gets okay traffic but not a lot of posts and I can't figure out why. Maybe there are not that many people who want to post about their dog walks. I remember telling Sk8r about the forum idea and her words were that it would be a hugely busy site but I would have a breakdown in six months with all the people bickering about their dogs and the right way to handle / train / feed them.

    I'm not going to shut the site down or anything. If nothing else it does at least give me somewhere to post my dog walk ramblings and I know that there are quite a lot of followers and readers through the Facebook notifications. As the title says I'm just not sure if the site is building slower than SotP or just an idea that does not have that much of a following.
    John

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    i can add some bickering if you think it helps?

    i have no comparison for how forums take off but it seems logical that it starts small, then grows sort-of exponentially as more people join. i haven't done any number crunching but the growth curve seems fairly flat here now. not sure why but it seems like the forum doesn't get known outside the group who already are members, and sotp. maybe plug it a bit on other dog pages or forums?

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    I would expect the growth to build exponentially once we reach a tipping point. There needs to be enough activity to encourage people to sign up and contribute. Few people will want to post blogs with no replies. It is seeing other blogs and the response that drove the success of them on SotP.

    What I find surprising and what makes me wonder if there is just not the demand, is that I spread the word pretty widely. All the SotP members got notified in with the newsletter which is close to 13000 emails to members. Then I emailed every agility dog club, training club, dog walker etc in the UK that I could find. Again a few hundred emails maybe over 1000. I notified Facebook groups. Then I emailed a lot of clubs and groups in the US.

    While I was still sending out emails we were getting new members steadily but since I have stopped it has very much slowed down. That's what makes me pretty sure we are not at the tipping point. I am stubborn enough in my belief that I think if we can reach that tipping point it will grow well, it is just if we will reach it that I wonder about.
    John

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    I wouldn't worry too much about low activity. I belong to another doggy forum & it seems to work in phases......you have the usual crowd that kinda keeps things churning over & then all of a sudden large groups of new folk join & start contributing for a while & then it goes quite again with just the regulars chatting amoungst themselves until the next wave of new comers arrive.
    Could be something to do with the narrow scope of discussion on these 'specialist' forums, after all there is only so much one can say or report about the subject, whereas on other sites such as SotP there are far more topics being discussed at any one time which makes for a more vibrant 'community'.
    I've passed the word around about this site my end but I have very few online contacts.
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    John I have passed the word round to friends (i do have a few i think or that might have been a dream) i have mentioned it to the owner of paws and claws in Beith when i get some more food i will give her the link to pass onto customers if that ok with you
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    Fine with me. We are not a secret society or anything. You are allowed to tell people about us
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    Personally I would not have expected it to compare with SOTP and I dont think there are any issues with the forum either and I prefer quality to quantity any day.
    With all the different forums (fora or forae?) that are needed for product support, education etc that we often have to use, as well as the general or specific interest ones, I find I am often drawn in to them and spend longer there than anticipated or than i have time available! So I am fairly ruthless in attendances.
    SOTP covers a topic that has a far wider range of topics for discussion and that benefit from colaboration compared with a dog walk. for example, I canot imagine that you would spend some time discusing campsites, BB or hotels around Nuneaton together with parking spots, equipment requirements and safety issues, just so you could bring Sam down here for a 4 mile walk on a Sunday morning! Maybe you would and maybe I am wrong, but I think it shows a reason for the lower traffic.
    Neither can I see a thread developing on leads/kennels/beds in the same way as, for example, the Apache Canoe thread has run over the years. Dog food perhaps beinb the exception.
    Both sites are interesting, informative and entertaining. DWB has not been runing long, but it will carve its own niche I am sure, and I look forward to opening it up for years to come.
    Now I am off to find a forum for people who keep hitting wrong keys on the keyboard and keypad.....

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    I do think DogWalkBloggs has a place, I wouldn't have created it otherwise but wonder if the people who would use it most will find it. It does need a certain momentum to keep going and I do worry that it won't achieve that and the few members who are currently posting stop posting and visiting before it reaches that critical mass.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    Fine with me. We are not a secret society or anything. You are allowed to tell people about us
    I guess this is where you are going wrong, tell everyone it is a secret society and everyone will want to join !

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    Funny, isn't it, took out the dog the other day, down by the river and took a short clip of him barking up a tree with absolutely nothing in the tree. Want to put the clip on here, but, it takes ages to upload it to YT so ppl can see it on here. I guess that most ppl here are busy doing other stuff and, like myself, only visit when they have time! With the old Xmas around that may be something we all haven't got enough of?
    I'll keep nipping in and out of here

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    The time for uploading pictures and videos is an issue. It would be easier if it could be done straight to the forum but there are technical reasons why that is not really possible. It is the same for all forums though so not only an issue with DWB.
    John

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    Hi John,
    I'm not sure why but my posting on any of the forums I'm on has dropped over the last few months, could be its the same with others, I think things will grow and hoefully during the summer I'll have more to post

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