Waiting For The Crowd to Move In

Add a multi media messageThis Thursday, with any luck, I’ll be migrating our members on Ning to the new Arlington Entrepreneurs. Setting up and managing this network has been a learning experience. I teach a less complex version of WordPress at Arlington Continuing Education and I can say that I now fully understand how confused and overwhelmed a new user can be. I owe a great deal to my ever-patient web developer Mary, who came recommended by AE member Debra Woog. I’m also very grateful to everybody who gave me advice and help along the way.

Since this is a new environment, I’m sure there will be snags and hitches. I’m writing up documentation to get users through the tricky parts. It’s nice to have a user network that’s in our complete control. I think we’ll all be better off for it.

Oh: if you have a small business in Arlington and would like to join, drop me a line below and I’ll send you a signup code. It’s a security¬† measure, to let me know that you’re really you.

So, What’s Going on With This New Network Thing?

Hopefully, you’ve visited Arlington Entrepreneurs lately and got a good look at our new home. But wasn’t there a network on something that sounded like Ning, ring or ding or something?

Paint Job Coming Soon!
Paint Job Coming Soon!

Well, yes, there is a network and it’s in the processing of moving to a new neighborhood. We’re still fixing up the new place, but once it’s done you’ll have a lot more options for participating and – hooray! – the site will be a lot easier to navigate. Right now I’m talking to people one-on-one, to get their feedback and help. I have a few brave testers on board who are telling me what’s working and what’s not.

Once the bugs are worked out I’ll be inviting you over to have a look around. If you’re already on Ning (via arlingtonentrepreneurs.ning.com) you’ll be getting an email with a new user name and password. By then I’ll have some basic tutorials up so you can wander freely without getting lost.

Arlington Entrepreneurs is also going to be offering very simple WordPress websites, for those of you who would like more visibility online. It’s not intended to compete with our member website designers, but at the very least you’ll have a website (with or without a domain name) with contact information and a basic description of who you are and what you offer. That’s still being developed but we’ll give you plenty of advance notice when this feature is ready.

In the meantime, would you like to be a tester? I’d love to get your advice and feedback! Contact me below:

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