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Re: Coming soon: improvements to Message posting #upcoming

 

OK whew :) Trying adding a link now!

Re: Coming soon: improvements to Message posting #upcoming

 

Thanks Victor! And in so doing you discovered a feature we just rolled out, which is the ability to "pin" a message to the top of your profile (for an important upcoming event, notice you want everyone to see, an interim "about" section for what you're doing in this space, etc.) -- there's a checkbox at the bottom of the New Message screen when you compose one and the result looks like this:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s3/sh/dff2be79-f1dd-4c23-a9ba-7d640780b880/fa1de82b0fe014bf032411e606718fb8/deep/0/Recurrency---Angry-Dad-Gamer.png

We're going to be focusing some more fire on better documentation of existing and new features in the coming weeks -- some of which will warrant Message updates and others to live in the Wiki area which is a bit haphazard at the moment but also has some infobits perhaps worth taking a look at (or contributing your own... "power of the wiki" and all) as we get it curated / gardened into a more useful state. (And if anyone has requests on bits that are specifically unclear, let us know...)

Millennial Mom buying habits and how it affects you

Gray
 

Hello, creators, thinkers, and shadowy cabal of eliteness,

I saw this article from Newsweek, and thought it might be useful to some of you (since it has actual data, and who doesn’t love a good slice of data?). I’m as burned out on hearing about “millennials” as if they’re some kind of bizarre new species of human, but I think the info is pretty good.


Summary: 8 in 10 Milennial Moms (MM) use their phone while shopping. About half “showroom.” Their criteria in purchases is mostly (in order): Safety, Convenience, good value, good reviews, simplicity, recommendations.. What media do MMs consume? Smartphone, TV, desktop, and then streaming radio (in order.)

Impact
While none of this data is exactly new to us savvy inter-web types, it does reinforce a handful of things for me. 

- Your website should be mobile-friendly.
- Our Recurrency profile is a solid way to knock out all the criteria: Safety (secure transactions), Convenience (setup once, walk away), good value (creators are awesome), good reviews (since every gift has a review), simplicity (see convenience), and recommendations (same as good reviews). Because of the way Recurrency works — asking for the why someone is supporting — I get more “buzz” and automatic reviews than I might otherwise.
- Since Smartphones, desktop, and streaming are so popular, providing our content in accessible ways, and letting our audience know we’re easily accessible in an on-demand way, is a key to growing the audience. I guess I was surprised email didn’t score higher, but that might be because the pollers just looked at media device rather than platform/channel.

I do wish they’d used a control group for comparison (non-moms?) but the results feel like they’d be pretty much the same across the board. What do you guys think?

Mike

Re: Millennial Mom buying habits and how it affects you

Gray
 

Correction. I said Newsweek. Obviously, it’s Adweek. Not enough coffee yet.

Mike

On May 8, 2015 at 12:32:31 PM, Gray (mike@...) wrote:

Hello, creators, thinkers, and shadowy cabal of eliteness,

I saw this article from Newsweek, and thought it might be useful to some of you (since it has actual data, and who doesn’t love a good slice of data?). I’m as burned out on hearing about “millennials” as if they’re some kind of bizarre new species of human, but I think the info is pretty good.


Summary: 8 in 10 Milennial Moms (MM) use their phone while shopping. About half “showroom.” Their criteria in purchases is mostly (in order): Safety, Convenience, good value, good reviews, simplicity, recommendations.. What media do MMs consume? Smartphone, TV, desktop, and then streaming radio (in order.)

Impact
While none of this data is exactly new to us savvy inter-web types, it does reinforce a handful of things for me. 

- Your website should be mobile-friendly.
- Our Recurrency profile is a solid way to knock out all the criteria: Safety (secure transactions), Convenience (setup once, walk away), good value (creators are awesome), good reviews (since every gift has a review), simplicity (see convenience), and recommendations (same as good reviews). Because of the way Recurrency works — asking for the why someone is supporting — I get more “buzz” and automatic reviews than I might otherwise.
- Since Smartphones, desktop, and streaming are so popular, providing our content in accessible ways, and letting our audience know we’re easily accessible in an on-demand way, is a key to growing the audience. I guess I was surprised email didn’t score higher, but that might be because the pollers just looked at media device rather than platform/channel.

I do wish they’d used a control group for comparison (non-moms?) but the results feel like they’d be pretty much the same across the board.. What do you guys think?

Mike

Join us in Slack if you ever need something... or *if you dare*! #howto

 

Hey folks --

Wanted to extend an invite to anyone who has questions, issues, requests, etc. to please feel free to join us in our creators' Slack channel -- and no ulterior motives required, if you just want to drop in and say hi and/or lurk that's totes cool too! We're not around 24/7, maybe more like 23.36/7 so if you stop by in those 17 minutes when no one is online, feel free to send an @mention Bat Signal to one of us (we'll get the notifications) or leave a question/thought for later pickup.

Just input the email address you want to get the invite here: https://recurrency.us/slack and you'll get the login instructions sent to that address posthaste.

Hope to chat with some of you soon -- thanks all!

-Barb

We have a wiki! (And how to edit it) #howto

Gray
 

Did you know our shadowy cabal of elite creators has a wiki? We have a wiki. 

And we have instructions and thoughts on how to edit it, which you can find here. If you could take a few second and read over that message (and maybe check out the wiki), we’d totally love to hear your thoughts.

We kept it short because it’s Friday afternoon.

Mike

P.S. It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday!

A few shiny things: RSS sidebar modules, Website URL, and About page #newfeatures

 

Greetings and TGIF, y'all! A few quick thangs of note we've launched recently:

  1. RSS module -- displays the latest 10 headlines from a feed of your choice. Activate this from your Settings page, where there's a spot to drop the RSS URL as well as a field for modifying the header label appearing at the top of the box. Here's an example in action from David, who added his latest podcasts to the sidebar.
  2. Website URL -- Simple and long overdue, this is a way to add your blog URL or other homepage / destination of your choice; it shows up beneath your bio and before your social network links. This one's also in the Settings area, just above the 2 RSS fields I mentioned above -- and like that feature you can also change the text label associated with the link.
  3. About page -- You've been squished into that tiny little bio box for a while now, but now there's room to roam! Find this one at the bottom of your Settings page, and it'll add an "About [Yourname]" link to the right of your Website URL link beneath your bio. When clicked, it'll display your About page -- a great place to provide more context on what you're up to, what you plan to do in this space, etc.

Features on deck:

  • WYSIWYG improvements and Markdown toggle
  • A simple way to email all your Supporters
  • A way to upload a new avatar for your profile

Thanks everyone, as always -- if you have any questions about the above features or wishlist items to request, don't ever hesitate to reach out. Here in this space is always good, and feel free to come join us in Slack and shoot some chat as well.

Happy weekend!!

-Barb

P.S. If you still haven't hooked up a Stripe account yet, please do -- it's easy, and you can't actually start accepting any donations without completing this step, so also pretty critical!

happy to be here / hopeful to hear from you too / with this here haiku ... #introductions

judith
 

greetings fellow creators! 

I’m judith meskill, a consulting member of the creator team here at recurrency.us. my current locale places me in the northeastern part of the company, working in a pastoral setting in the hills of new jersey. prior to this gig, i was the coo of change.org, the coo of crowd fusion (now ceros.com), the social media officer of babycenter.com (a j&j company), and the coo of weblogsinc.com (now aol.com).

as an avid social networking practitioner, i am constantly investigating "what works" and "what doesn't work" in the evolving world of online social and knowledge building practices and tools. as a speaker, workshop leader, and team coach i guide organizations in the creation of internet communities and learning systems.

like mike, i’m looking forward to hearing what everyone has to share here.

please drop in and introduce yourself! hashtag #introductions at the end of your subject line helps to organize your message. 

cheers,

judith

Belatedly, why I'm in this nutshell #introductions

 

Thanks to Judith for reminding me that "join in on #introductions thread" has been on my todo list since time immemorial -- believe Nixon was still president (which no one wants to remember, hence "immemorial"). And for those of you on Digest View, I'm doing you the favor of sneaking in here on her coattails...

I'm also going to be cheeky and cite This Thing by way of dogfooding and a totally subtle reminder About the About Page feature -- with the following TL;DR version: I've Created Some Stuff, then took a rather long and unexpected detour through the corporate version of what Creating Stuff looks like (mostly like this), and have recently escaped back into the wild and wooly world of startups to gather the shreds of my dignity, recover from the PTSD, and maybe make a thing or two that is blissfully unaware of the term "CPM." But most importantly -- to make *this thing* which is Recurrency which is a platform practicing the non-duality between "helping to make a living doing what one loves" and "a support group for reminding each other that 'success' isn't always -- or even usually -- about financial achievement" and that, perhaps, counterintuitively, along the way of pursuing one's dreams and hewing to a values-driven path that runs deeper than accruing material goods and accolades from gatekeepers, one may in fact attract the very kind of "practical" success one requires to keep the fires of creative inspiration burning. Also to remember how to write sentences that are not overwrought run-on diatribes about the triumph of creativity over bureaucracy.

And to that end -- there's no need to be formal here or worry that this is Precious Space -- come as you are, drink our liquor (wait, who was doing the beer run... Gray? or just send out one of those fancy Silicon Valley "we deliver it so you don't have to ever unplug from the Matrix" services), say hello, don't say hello 'cuz you're friggin' busy as we all are, ask for help, offer some help, be a fly on the wall, whatever floats your boat. Hope to hear from you, or hear about you and the awesome stuff you do (and if we can help!), as interest and availability affords.

Yours in Re-rediscovering the Artist's Way,

Barb

Thank You for the Group Invite

 

Hello:

     My name is Richard Bishop and I am a creator for my company and site that recently found Recurrency as a crowdsource funding oppourtunity. I am thrilled to have been invited to this group by Mike Gray. I hope that I can inspire others here and together we can build a better Recurrency for everyone! I have a few ideas at this point and I will be posting them soon. I just need to organize them a bit first. Thank you once more and have a great Humpday!

Re: Thank You for the Group Invite

 

Super excited to have you here, Richard! Thanks for the infectious energy -- looking forward to discussing ideas :)

cheers,

Barb

Re: Thank You for the Group Invite

Gray
 

Richard, 

Welcome to the merry band, and thanks for coming by!

Anyone who'd like, please also feel free to introduce yourself. We're all friends here. ;)

Mike


On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 1:50 PM Richard Bishop <admin@...> wrote:

Hello:

     My name is Richard Bishop and I am a creator for my company and site that recently found Recurrency as a crowdsource funding oppourtunity. I am thrilled to have been invited to this group by Mike Gray. I hope that I can inspire others here and together we can build a better Recurrency for everyone! I have a few ideas at this point and I will be posting them soon. I just need to organize them a bit first. Thank you once more and have a great Humpday!

Creator Spotlight AKA Creators Circle

 

Creators Circle

Michael Gray

Accomplishments


  • Grew My Beard
  • My Dog Loves me
  • Helped Build Recurrency
  • Pay attention to my Fans and Followers

Creators Links

Facebook - Twitter - Google Plus - LinkedIn - www.xyz.comsite

Bio

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Mr. Gray was chosen for the Ceators Circle due to his outstanding performance and ability to get people to cast their vote for him.Anyway you get the idea. Now as for how these individuals would be chosen for Creators Circle. I dont like the idea of a creator being able to buy a spot in the creators circle. The reason is we creators work really hard to build our content for our audiences and lets say some Joe comes along, and has a little to no content developed under his or her belt then all of a sudden they are in the Creators Circle just because they have the money to buy a slot in there. I think creators including myself would feel incredibly demeaned by such an act.

Now that thats off my chest, shew thought I was going to meldown lol.

So the question becomes how are creators chosen for the Creators Circle? I have a couple ideas just one is mehhhh and the other could work but... could still belittle some creators so Im not one hundred percent with that one any way but here we go.

Creators Circle - Must be an active participant on your social networks including being responsive to your audiance. (Which by the way Mike Great JOB).

                         - Must have been registered with Recurrency for no less than 30 Days as a creator

                         - Must have recieved X amount in Gifts in the last 30 Days. (this is the one Im not so sure about. Because take a creator like me. Ive only been in business for myself for a month and Mike can attest that I have been all over the place working hard to make things happen including trying to secure crowd funding, since my business does not have a specific product to sell at this time to generate a revenue. And at this point nearly every dime thats gone into my business has been out of my own pocket!) Now guys like me versus guys or gals that have been around for years and built a name for themselves as well as the oddities like Blizzard Watch which entirely funded by crowd source funds and reached an astonishe 12K per month in funds in less than 3 months! Here is the kicker though each one of the content developers there have been in the same busines for years and made names for themselves. My point is the little people would be left out and there are more little people than big people.

                          - I feel like maybe a panel should be considered for the Creators circle nominees. Id say 3 to 5 people the review the creators and ultimately cast a secret vote for each individual based on their merits as a creator, their content, their nominations and their presence online. Lets face it with out a strong presence online content cant be distributed and its kind of like having a big neon sign in the middle of the ocean. 

                          - A creator would have to be nominated by his peers first! Then at the end of X time period the nominations would be tallied up and out of all the nominees only say 30 people are selected for the Creators Circle. Each one to be featured for a 24 hr period.  Nominations would be reset at the end of each period, but those that were in the creators cricle during the last cycle would not be eligable for nomination for a period of X amount of time.


That is about how id handle such a feature. But Id love to hear your feedback and thoughts.

Richard

Re: Creator Spotlight AKA Creators Circle

 

First of all -- wow, I love this!! Especially the real life example content found in Michael Gray's Accomplishments section! ;) #GrowThatBeard

Have been cogitating on some sort of "Creator Carousel" or featured highlight section for some time but hadn't ever thought to add a voting component to it -- great idea. Some initial feedback:

  • agree re: "no pay to play" -- this feels gross 
  • i like the idea of having to be a creator for 30 days before being eligible -- rewards the more invested members vs. potential "Johnny Come Lately"s
  • interesting question on the "$X in gifts" requirement -- maybe this is really about creating some different "tiers" for spotlighting different kinds of folks: it would be cool to recognize things like "most engaged" creators (maybe by # of comments, # of Messages created, etc.), "fastest growing," "best local organizer," etc. in addition to more traditional kind of "leaderboard metrics"
  • love the idea of peer nominations and panel review process -- this is really cool
  • also love the "set a time limit" idea so creators know what kind of window they have to take advantage of the extra promotion opportunity, and there is always fresh talent on deck to be recognized.

It's worth mentioning that this Creator promotion / carousel / highlight concept is itself a part of a larger goalset around creator discovery and making ourselves more useful in terms of directing prospective supporters your way -- and I see the solution overall as a mix of

1. editorial curation -- the Creators Team and other Recurrency staff identify top creators to feature for a broad variety of reasons
2. peer voting / ranking -- a la many of your ideas above
3. automation -- letting exceptional creators bubble to the surface based on activity, attention, funds raised, and other metrics we can measure and algorithms we can come up with
4. directory creation -- via tagging and other mechanisms, give supporters a way to search and browse for creators in specific roles, genres, locations, etc.

To move this forward -- first of all, completely welcome feedback and ideas from anyone else if the spirit moves you along the way -- I will noodle a bit on the nominations and panel process on the hunch that it may fit in with another area I'm working on speccing out already which is "Groups" (i.e. ability to self-assemble into projects managed by multiple creators). Richard -- I would ask you specifically about where exactly you would want to see the results of the Creators Circle process: is it a big featured block on the home page that cycles through a set of creators and links you off to individual URLs? Is it a whole section to itself where we're actually tracking and keeping all the historical versions of the winners from each round? Ooh -- it would be super cool to have some kind of badge or other icon you could add to your profile that denotes "was chosen as a Top Featured Creator" in June 2015 or similar. If we do the peer voting / panel thing, does the panel want a space to add some comments on why they voted for this particular creator? And/or what does the URL that the carousel links to point to: just the Creator profile page? Or a special page that maybe has some additional bells and whistles that only featured winners can take advantage of? Food for thought...

Thanks huge for putting these thoughts together. Really helps us build a product people actually want to use (imagine that!) :)

Re: Creator Spotlight AKA Creators Circle

 

Barb:

I want to say thanks for the feedback and the questions on this creators Circle idea. And I will start by saying when I envision the creators circle I see it as spot on the home page for Recurrency. For the sake of being noriced by fellow creators and donors it should be above the fold and prominent, standing out! I also believe that it should function like this example for the sake of the example Ill use myself..

WarCraft Press was chosen to be among the creator circle for the month of June. But so was 29 other creators. So, the way I see it in my head is each day of the month there is a new creator circle creator each day my day might fall on the 17th or maybe the 3rd, either way a creator would hold the coveted spot for a day. I think limiting the features slot to 30 people will help motivate creators to do more. After all with the way I envision this feature its a reward not a right or an expectation.

To answer your question yes I think there should be a link on the featured creator to their direct Recurrency profile as well as to some of their social media profiles and if they have a website it should certainly be added. I also have to say I agree there should be a badge of honor of some sort to the creators that helps them to stand out above the rest. I also think that the panel should in fact disclose why the selected creator was chosen in the Creators circle section. Doing this will encourage other creators to replicate them, thus bringing better and more creator content to the world!

Yes in order to keep previously selected winners from getting one of the coveted 30 spots there should be a way for tracking that and preventing someone from being in the circle fro 2 months in a row or even 2 times in a year. Based on that alone there would be 365 coveted spots available each year. so if you were to write an algorithm or equation it would look something like this. if x represents the creator chosen. Please note I'm not a mathematician but here goes if x is = J, or F, or M, or A, or M, or J, or J, or A, or S, or O, or N, or D then x X=0; 0 meaning unavailable for a period of 365 days from the date of selection.

As for a link from the Creators Circle feature on the home page there should be links in that section to social media venues such those I described in the original post about the Creators circle. I also think that there should be a link on the menu of the site that takes people to the "Creators Circle" that shows a list of previously chosen creators. I think they should be added to this page as they are featured on the home page. In a list kind of format that shows their name, their niche or field of expertise, as well as the date they were featured and a link to their Recurrency profile.

I hope this helps! And your more than welcome to contact me directly via phone or email.

Richard Bishop

765-488-2934

admin@...

Re: Creator Spotlight AKA Creators Circle

 

More great feedback -- thanks!!

I agree this should be something on the front page & above the fold. We have a new UX designer starting with us and I'm hoping to rope her in to some ideas for how that would work. I will also see about creating some sort of seal or badge to represent this. In the meantime, in the interest of having a place to start -- I jiggered up a prototype of the landing page format here:

http://recurrency.postach.io/post/creators-circle-richard-bishop

It's pretty janky as this is also a new experiment publishing right out of Evernote, so just playing around with layouts and such... but hey, the "handcrafted" feel has a certain charm of its own :) Let me know if you have any thoughts/suggestions & I'll keep noodling on formats and figure out how to get the support badge in there...!

Re: Creator Spotlight AKA Creators Circle

 

Awe thank you for the kind suggestion that I might make the Creators Circle some day! lol Also your kind words in the testimonial are humbling thank you.

Seriously as a first draft and getting the concept in place it looks good. In terms of a nadge or something how do you feel about a miss USA type of thing from the bottom left corner to the top right corner of the users image? Not sure how well it will work with some images it could cover the user up, any way was just a thought.  I also feel like the creators brand if the have one should be represented as in the case of the example you used the WarCraft Press logo should be there somewhere.

I absolutely love the peer testimonials! Id say for that keep it to the most recent 3 submitted. However that means when a creator is selected we will need an algorithm that will pull those from their standard profile.

Another thing I thought was Awwwwsome was the Creator Q & A. And while I like the email asking questions, who decides what to ask? Are questions determined by the selection panel? What happens if someone don't submit their responses in a timely manner? I'm not trying to rain on your parade Im just think out loud, kind of more like thinking on the keyboard, lol. But the idea is faaabulooouuss!

In order for it to fit on the home page I think we might have to scale it back not only in what is content included but sizing as well. Which brings the question have you decided to keep a section of the site for creators circle members? Perhaps a place where all of this content is available for all creators circle members? I like the idea of that and I also like the idea of doing it in such a way that it looks like a timeline. I'm not sure how other we would keep the page scrolling into infinite space but a thought might be to do something like Facebook where each month collapses to the month as the month passes then as the year passes it collapses like an accordion styling maybe. Just a thought.

As for the images your talking about I host all mine on Imgur just to save server resources. 

All in all Id say this project is well on its way! I'm so excited i feel like a little kid waiting for Santa Clause to show up! I would like to thanks you all again for welcoming me into your family of creators. Im truly having a blast.

Re: Creator Spotlight AKA Creators Circle

Gray
 

Just thinking out loud, a banner/award badge is a great idea. It provides the recipient a piece of marketing collateral they can use to support their own work. 

For example, many self-propelled industries (real estate agents, writers, photographers, etc.) struggle with a concept of "legitimacy." What separates Uncle Bob With A DSLR from A Professional Photographer? That's "legitimacy." It's the universe of work, talent, equipment, and effort that accrues around a professional creator/agent, and is often represented by awards and certificates... kind of like what we're creating here!

This is a great time for feedback on this topic. How about you podcasters and entrepeneurs on the group? Any additional thoughts on this conversation?

Mike

Re: Creator Spotlight AKA Creators Circle

 

Ok I have to admit I had not thought about a Badge or a Banner as an award that the creator could put on their own websites or social account. But man I wish I had thought of that. It would certainly add a sense of legitimacy for the creator. GREAT IDEA!

If I am understanding you correctly it would work something like this. A creator would be chosen for the creators circle then in addition to having their profile in the spot light on the home page and on the creators circle timeline they would be given an exclusive badge that they can use on their social media and websites as a method of validation and legitimacy to what they do?

Groups

 

I was just thinking it would be pretty cool to be able to find other creators in a similar niche as oneself and build working relationships, networking if you will. As an example I found out about a company called Loot Crate. I made it a point to find out all I could about them and see if there was a way that there company and our could work together and achieve successes together. Upon completing my research I contacted them and we are now in negotiations of a deal that could help us financially, with traffic, benefit our subscribers and for them increase sales as a whole.

New creators may not know how to go about doing what I dd in the paragraph above, that said while I understand Recurrency is about generating funds for creatiors I also feel like it could easily reach a whole new level with B2B networking. Im not talking about some sort of chat client or even a forum per say. More like a listing that tells other creators that hey this is what I do and this is what I am looking for kind of thing. From that listing people could then say  'Oh, there is WarCraft Press a gaming news site" and "I make energy drinks that would be a great pairing wonder if they would be interested in working with us?"  It would kind of be a business introduction of sorts. Im not even sure how it would be implemented at this point I was just thinking it would be great if we could connect with other creators and work together. And Bruce Lee said it best "If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."

 I look forward to hearing the feedback on this one.