A phantom and a fly (wik) wrote in livejardin,
A phantom and a fly

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Help determine the future of LiveJardin

Greetings from your new administrator!

Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Chris, and I’ve been a gardener for most of my nearly 28 years, mostly in the realm of herb and vegetable gardening. I live in northeast Ohio, and am currently working on getting better educated in horticulture in order to someday run an east-of-the-Mississippi vineyard.

That said, the next order of business is to figure out where you, the members, want us to go from here. We are a community of over three hundred watching, but posting has been reduced down to only a dozen or two posts per year. Part of this is the enormous popularity of the Gardening community, of which over half of you are members. I have no desire to turn this community into Gardening lite, but a fair part of our issue, I think, is that we don’t quite know what our focus is. Sometimes we’re a plant ID place, sometimes we’re an advice place, sometimes we’re a picture-intensive place, and occasionally we have a southwest focus. There’s really no way to effectively advertise for a community (let alone grow) when you don’t know what you do better than the other guys.

So I have a few questions for you, the LiveJardin community.

1. What do you believe this community’s strengths have been in the past?
2. Should we focus on being a broad-based garden community, or should we specialize in doing a few things well? If the former, how should we distinguish ourselves from the Gardening community? If the latter, what things should we specialize in?
3. What would you like to see from LiveJardin that you don’t see from your current garden community options on Livejournal?
4. What would it take to get you more active in this community?

Thank you in advance for your feedback.
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