LETS BRAINSTORM AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO INCREASE PARTCIPATION AT DC

dietcherry
By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-05-24 21:06:55 -0500
Started 2012-02-28 11:03:03 -0600

Hello Everyone! Gabby and I were just talking about how many members DC has (689,000 rounding up) but that most are inactive. What idea/s can you think of to get these members active??

We know that there is only a relatively small core of us that participate on a regular basis; how can we increase that number? How can we get our newbies excited and involved with the site from the moment they join?

This site has changed my life and I want everyone who joins here to benefit as I do!


200 replies

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-03-18 02:51:42 -0500 Report

Have more contest. Have some brain games that we can play against one another if we like. Some games for thought like scrabble. Word searches. Other games to exercise the mind. Have a place where we can click on Games. Games do get people
active in sites.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-18 11:47:02 -0500 Report

Yep we would all like to see some games here and hopefully DC will make that happen for us :) Thanks for posting Teresa!

bar59567
bar59567 2012-03-08 16:15:39 -0600 Report

How about posting a postive thought to help us stay on track each day. I would go on every morning for that. Or come up with some challenges we can all particiipate. Or have a posting were we good post our fasting bs each day.

MoeGig
MoeGig 2012-03-05 21:53:56 -0600 Report

How about setting up "Chapters" based on a members location. Then periodically, members could "meet up" at a restaurant/bar/coffee shop and talk about "issues" face to face, or just get to know each other. God knows we all have something very important to us "in common". As some famous person said: "You can say you care, but you can't fake being there!" I'm in Northern Virginia (greater DC). This would definitely contribute to a greater level of interaction on this site…I think.

vivdg88
vivdg88 2012-03-06 09:47:06 -0600 Report

i like that i myself am only on here once in a while. i am from Tracy Ca & have No support team. No one seems to understand that with A little incouagement I meet Get more Done. i walk around the house mostly. i Eat ok but know i could most Deffinitly do better. but im single with more Health problems Besides being A diabetic & i dont Drive So its Hard For Me To Get Around.Haveing A Support Group of some kind Close To Me Would Help I think .

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-06 18:15:41 -0600 Report

Hello! Thank you for your response. Seems lots of us would like a support group close to home; there is nothing stopping us from rallying members from DC in our communities and planning meetings with each other.
The new system allows us to Search members who live nearby us. We can take this upon ourselves and make it a reality! I think this is how it should be as opposed to DC organizing it :)

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-03-06 18:28:27 -0600 Report

I agree with the intent, but if the system works, then I'm the only person on here from Hawaii. Considering the number of diabetics here, I am surprised.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-06 19:17:09 -0600 Report

I think they need to tweak it some more cuz Im friends with DC members who live inmy town and surrounding ones, but when I used the Friend Finder no one anywhere near me came up.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-06 20:06:17 -0600 Report

I found the same thing when I searched on Las Vegas. Apparently "near" Las Vegas can cover an area of state of WA on the Northwest, to Denver CO on the east. I didn't note how far south the area happened to be, but probably somewhere down by the Rio Grande.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-03-05 18:38:49 -0600 Report

For people who only read the discussions and don't choose to journal with us, this is probably not a safe place. Anonymity is safe and doesn't cause them stress.

To encourage participation, we need to make this a SAFE place to be.

draco59
draco59 2012-03-05 20:16:22 -0600 Report

I agree with you carol, but how do we do this??????

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-03-05 21:10:41 -0600 Report

Well, I just started a discussion where we can explore those options. Check it out.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-03-05 22:02:10 -0600 Report

And add some thoughts … I focused on the people who are mostly silent cause I was trying to catch their attention, but I'm interested in hearing from any/all of us.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-03-05 22:24:42 -0600 Report

Whatever you want to contribute is fine. What would make you feel more safe posting here would include anything that affects your willingness to share onsite.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-05 18:49:35 -0600 Report

Excellent! Safety has been a hot topic around here recently and I think we all agree it needs to be addressed. Thank you for your timely input Carol!

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-03-05 18:08:31 -0600 Report

I think that if the Moderators would step in when we have a mess like we've had over when good members want to leave and mediated a truce where no one felt hurt it would go a long ways toward making new members feel like this was a place to hang around and reassure the older members that they will be respected.
Just my thoughts
Tom

nzingha
nzingha 2012-03-04 07:18:50 -0600 Report

members could also post videos of interesting recepies for diabetics.. we could design special days eg
cake day
lunch days
breakfast days and it would be interesting to actually show how these recepies are done…

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-03-04 08:32:59 -0600 Report

You can already do that if you like. Make a video of you cooking a favorite recipe. Post it to YouTube. Then you can post it here. Add the recipe to our recipe section and include the link to the video. Jeanette has done one on her no flour peanut butter cookies. It is a lot of fun.

nzingha
nzingha 2012-03-04 07:16:46 -0600 Report

live and direct question and answer day… put a specialist on line for that day who can answer serious questions.. talking directly about each person's area of interest . this would be a good opp for the doc as well..it would be a win win situation..he gets international exposure and we'll have our concerns addressed.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-04 13:50:17 -0600 Report

From the Home page, you can access a Joslin Diabetes Expert to answer questions. Look for it on the right side of the page :)

nzingha
nzingha 2012-03-04 07:11:34 -0600 Report

i find that people r just too taken up with their own private lives… is there a can we have a chat sessions like on face book… so that we can chat to each other live when on line? that could make it possibly more interesting.. if we dont already have one.

Treelie
Treelie 2012-03-03 23:56:49 -0600 Report

I am one who comes and goes but honestly I don't understand how to navigate on my phone.. I get emails saying someone commented or follows but if I don't click that link n email I can't find it on here… So maybe easier navigation

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2012-03-02 10:45:12 -0600 Report

My way would be to do is some games…making the learning fun and enjoyable.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-02 15:17:45 -0600 Report

Oooooh thats a good one!!!!!! What kinds of games do you think would go over?

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-02 19:00:21 -0600 Report

Tell ya the truth, I think twister would be more fun, but we're located all over the country and the world, so that'ts out. Heck of a thought though!!! (=;

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-03 17:26:33 -0600 Report

Think about this…If you say twist to someone from our generation, they might put on some music by Chubby Checker and start dancing. If you say twist to someone from the current generation, you could end up entangled!

lacat87
lacat87 2012-03-04 12:43:39 -0600 Report

OMG Al, that's so funny! I cracked up!! And yet it's so true! Also if us baby boomers twist too much we could break something.!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-04 13:43:11 -0600 Report

Not me, 6' tall and 200lbs of muscle ! Just kidding, my twisting days ended many moons ago along with a few other things I enjoy doing !!! I keep trying though!

lacat87
lacat87 2012-03-04 14:13:05 -0600 Report

I sometimes twist and not shout on occasion. i like to think that i'm moving a little bit more than usual. i look silly, but enjoy moving a little differently!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-04 14:29:02 -0600 Report

Sometimes I shout, but never twist, what a combination we would make!! I could just see me shouting while you were twisting all around the room!!! Quite a site…Yes???

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-02 18:18:10 -0600 Report

How about DC King or Queen of the hill ? I'll attempt to give a rough sketch or example. First, there would be an educational question like… Which is most likely to spike ones bg the most a) strawberry b) orange c) banana D) avocado. Everytime you get an answer, or group of answers correct, you move a notch up the hill. Could be 50, 100, or 200 questions over days , or weeks to reach the top of the hill. Questions could be posted at different random times during the day on a game page. Members would go to the game page, leave their name and answer. The first correct answer would get credit or maybe the first person with 3 correct answers would move a notch up the hill. The first person to reach the top of DC Bunker hill by answering a designated amount of questions correctly, becomes The DC King or Queen!! Now, the next contest would be to knock the current King or Queen off the hill by having a greater designated number of questions to answer correctly. Finally, what is the prize for the winner? Something challenging, educational and a bit of fun just might work.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-02 18:54:03 -0600 Report

I dont think there are enough hours left in the day now for me to spend anymore time here and this sounds downright addictive! LIke, 12-step-program-addictive! Please present this to Admin cuz I think they would love it!! I dont know that they would agree to give us a prize, other than bragging rights. Maybe our picture with a crown on it would suffice!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-02 06:48:36 -0600 Report

How many old time members have a friend list that includes many inactive members. Why not contact these members and see how they're are doing. I tried this over the holidays, and a few responded. I was one of the earlier members that eventually became somewhat inactive. Simply put, I was about 10 to 20 miles out to sea quite frequently and didn't have my computer with me. It was a thing that I went through. A few other things were happening also. As it turns out, I came accross so many interesting and aware members on this site, (after a two year sabbatical) I was drawn back to the site more actively.
During my two year inactive period, there were members still sending me friend requests. Since the (following approach) took effect, requests seem to have died down substantially. May be a coincidence. Maybe my outlook has changed and I am scaring potential friends away ( BOO ! ). Not really sure, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-02 15:42:08 -0600 Report

Im glad that you mentioned it!! I will start sending gifts and Hellos to inactive members; I was doing this for awhile but I got doscouraged with the Following system and just kind of quit sending very many gifts and Hellos at all. I only have myself to blame for that!
I challenge all our members to reach out to the folks you know have dropped out of sight and are in need of DC and everything it has to offer them!

lacat87
lacat87 2012-03-03 16:11:02 -0600 Report

how does one find out who is inactive on our list of friends?

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-03 17:20:25 -0600 Report

Go to their page and check under activity. It will tell you when and how often they participate on the site.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-04 12:55:27 -0600 Report

Yes the word is activity. It does not show how often they have just come to ghost and "read the mail" here.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-04 13:35:31 -0600 Report

Are you suggesting that we find a way to get those that ghost to participate ? Not sure what you're trying to say ???

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-04 13:45:26 -0600 Report

I am not suggesting that, just informational that is all. We don't see activity on their profiles as how often they log on without posting is not shown.

lacat87
lacat87 2012-03-04 12:45:35 -0600 Report

Really, that sound kind of big brotherish,don't you think?! But thanks for letting me know, my buddy.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-04 13:25:27 -0600 Report

Absolutely, so why not send a how are you message and see if you get a response? That's how i do it from time to time. What ever floats yer boat!

lacat87
lacat87 2012-03-04 13:31:14 -0600 Report

good idea and will run with it! will be interesting in seeing how many of my friends…opps followers will reconnect to me.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-03-02 16:45:03 -0600 Report

Not a bad idea at all. There's quite a few (even on my friends list) that I haven't seen in a while and could reach out to.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-01 18:20:53 -0600 Report

Ok, I gave it some thought. First of all why specifically do so many members not participate, or not stay actively involved for long? If we examine a few of the many different possibilities, we can probably get more members to participate more frequently. Example: A new person becomes a member, but is unfamiliar and not sure if this is what they want. They offer very little info about themselves for various reasons and possibly keep most of their info anonymous. So now, I ask you, how many members here would befriend this mystery person, one who offers little about themselves? Also, how many members here are comfortable allowing this person to view some of their personal info. Additionally, how can established members determine if a so called mystery person is a spammer, or possibly someone who has legit motives with reservations. This can be somewhat tricky and difficult in some cases. I'm sure that some new members are shy or simply have a reserved personality, and so they don't stand out from the crowd. Can you encourage these people to participate. I'm asking this question to active members. Obviously, if they don't get much replies, they might eventually stop participating. They become some of the inactive members.
Can we come up with a way to befriend newbies, without them having initial access to our personal info as do established friends if we choose. Maybe they could be a cohort or aquaintance through a members choice with that members personal info blocked. In other words, an approach that would offer an established member this option, and give a new member a better opportunity to be noticed, or for an establish member to take notice. Then eventually a friendship could be established as usual.
It is possible that a newbie simply wants to learn, and so snoops around and feels they have little to say beyond a question or two. Can we motivate this individual to participate more?
I simply thought I would put this out to all as food for thought! Simply some ideas with additional thought that might lead to bigger and better solutions.

lacat87
lacat87 2012-03-03 16:17:17 -0600 Report

You are very much the exception, Al, but I have posted things I wanted to share with this group and have not received any feed back on it. I believe a lot of people want to follow someone to get the badges or see how many they can get. Are they really interested in me or more like wanting to get more badges? Can be frustrating for someone like me who will post something and never get recognized for putting my feelings, information, etc out there to DC.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-03-01 18:49:53 -0600 Report

You're absolutely correct Al. Even though I was hooked on DC pretty early, I didn't actually post my first discussion until about a month in. And even after that, I don't think I filled in my personal info until a little later.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-02 05:42:36 -0600 Report

Yes. I remember when I first came accross some of your postings. I had no idea who you were, but you had many worthwile questions and encouraging, supportive answers.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-01 18:42:22 -0600 Report

Thanks Al and I agree with you on all points! I just want to add that when we were using the old system of Friending, there was a considerable group of us welcoming new members on their profile and sending Friends invites. And there was a surge in activity as a result!

In fact, if any of you are so inclined, I would love for members who have joined in the last 6 months to give us some insight on what being personally welcomed to DC meant to you, if anything.

Now Im not taking potshots at DC; they are listening to our concerns and I believe they want to make things satisfactory for all. :)

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-03-02 05:50:32 -0600 Report

If I'm not mistaken, the old system of friending got us to where we are today! Obvoiusly, it's got its attributes.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-02 15:44:44 -0600 Report

It sure does! How many places can we go to on the impersonal web and have well-meaning strangers jumping to Welcome and Friend us?!

lacat87
lacat87 2012-03-03 16:21:43 -0600 Report

Good point Dietcherry! I personally don't quite remember when I joined and have said many times, without being recognized for it again, that I love this site and really appreciate a few friends I have made here. I have gained a lot of useful information and guidance in dealing with this disease.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-04 14:06:21 -0600 Report

This site has changed my life lacat. I want to help DC succeed in having as many active members as possible. Since alot of us have been motivated to stay and actively participate by the supportive atmosphere found here, I personally wish to expand that by current members taking a more active role in the retention of our ranks. Also I contacted Admin to take a look at and possibly implement any of these wonderful ideas that all of you have suggested!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-03-01 09:15:58 -0600 Report

Great discussion Renee! Whenever I learn that a person I talk to is dealing with diabetes, I recommend this site. The support here is TERRIFIC!…along with the info. I haven't been quite as active lately but that doesn't mean I'm losing interest…just crazy busy!

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-03-01 10:10:01 -0600 Report

Hey Lou! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are happy and well! Everyone I know with D is already a member here!!! lol ;)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-01 11:30:36 -0600 Report

i also recommend DC to everyone I know who has D.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-03 00:24:16 -0600 Report

she told me in the computer room that she had signed up but she didn't tell me her screen name. Don't see her in the computer room much as of late so I can't ask her for her SN unless I see her again. Should I find her SN, I will point her out to you. But as of now I am at a dead end.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-04 14:20:08 -0600 Report

I saw her in the hallway today and she said that though she comes here and "reads the mail", she hasn't actually signed up and selected a screen name.

I did encourage her again to come here and join and put in her 2ยข worth, she was noncommittal. So I have invited folks, but have not seen any fruits from it.

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