Thanks @apm for the invite my first panel. Like Ravi I’m a Google+ Refugee. In google plus I was a Moderator for the Canon EOS 60D Community where I tried to mentor anyone that was interesting in growing their photography, I also participate in weekly themes especially the ShroomshotSaturday where for quite a number of years I’ve posted a new Mushroom shot every week. Google+ has had its ups and downs with in its heights some of my posts had over 1 000 000 views and my mushroom collections currently have over 105 000 followers. I’ve created a shroomshotSaturday conversation here on Cake and post a mushroom shot here each week, with the hopes others will join in. I’ve tried to encourage the google + posters to the theme over here with little joy so far with links in my posts in google+ each week for the last few weeks. Google plus only has three weeks left to run now.
The shroomshotsaturday theme is linked here. https://www.cake.co/conversations/TgW2t3c/shroomshotsaturday/NWxt8x0
Be great to see others join in and add a shot taken each week, even if it’s not the best, it gives you a bench mark and over tie you can see how you improve, I certainty have since my first postings in the theme on Google plus. By having a reason to get out and shoot something based on a theme you get to shoot each week and start to think how to improve either my seeing someone else’s shot just by constantly repeating a process making small changes (Continuous improvement for those into the Lean philosophy)
The reason I joined cake was to try to keep some of the community feeling I’d found on Google+ going. I found that things like the weekly themes gave me drive to get out each week and shoot, which in turn drove my self improvement. I’ve tried in my posts to not just post an image but at times give a bit of detail of how I got the shot including behind the scenes shots, or links to my blog posts where I go into greater detail including step by step guides to the process I use.
Over the years I’ve made several online friends in several communities, some have tried Cake and left, others are still around here. It depends what people are looking for whether they stay or go.
I think as Cake grows it’s going to get harder to keep some conversations going, and some probably will have a definite life where others should keep going. The question is how to keep the active conversations to the top of the pile and how to have an archival system for the conversations that have reached their logical conclusion but still need to be searched and viewed.
It would be great to have a series of categories on various educational topics like Photography, woodworking, gardening, small business, or whatever people what to learn where there can search a conversation, post a question and have someone with some knowledge respond with an appropriate answer, I’m sure there are enough people here on Cake to be able to answer most things put up.
To keep a converation going, its best to pose a question for your audiance to respond to for instance regarding photography to you prefer this image over another say a colour image Vs a Blank and white of the same shot or maybe different croping of an image, but give then a choice to repond to and you will get some interaction happening.
Thanks for getting this one going @apm.