OK - hopefully that got your attention!
Now let me explain:
I'm not against Groups - I think they're great. I've started a few myself and I've been lucky enough to have the Founders of several other Groups invite me to help Moderate their Groups' content.
I'm writing this post because I think it is very important for New Members to fully understand what's going on with the Groups before starting another one.
Currently there are 1252 different Groups here in ActiveRain. Now if these were all UNIQUE and ACTIVE it would be great!
But that's not the case - the reality is actually pretty far from it.
If you look at all of the Groups, you will see that the whole list takes up about 51 pages giving an average of about 24.5 Groups per page.
Now, to totally underwhelm you with #'s, only the groups in the first 16 pages have 10 or more Subscribers AND 81 of the Groups have ZERO Subscribers!
Repetition is also a problem. The original MORTGAGE Group was created 11/28/06. Since then another 30 or so Mortgage Groups have been started. If a new Group is started to focus on a specific type of financing or is state-specific, that's a perfectly good reason for the new Group. But if you were to look at all of the Mortgage Groups together, you would see that there is a ton of repetition.
Soooooooo - if you want to start up a new Group remember this:
- First, check and see if that Group already exists - there is a good chance that it does - in that case, don't re-invent the wheel!
- If you truly have a unique idea make sure that you have enough time to keep the Group maintained properly and also kick start the Group with a few great Posts of your own.
IMHO, it all boils down to that.
OK, I'm done with my rant for the day!