The Ark

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I go back and forth, honestly, about whether I'm hurting LV's chances to thrive by having an ARK that displaces some of the creative energy away from there.

However, I don't see people closing up shop on LV just because the ARK is here (maybe two or three, for personal reasons) but as I see it, most of us ARKians have one whole foot in LV and the other roams about trying to get some footing. Many of us have even become more active on YouTube as it is- ironically, the only sure thing. I personally haven't touched my YouTube account in over 4 months, but I'm noticing a lot of people friending me there who have left LV.

The fact is, I haven't really made videos the way I used to- the way that brings me the most joy. Vloggerheads came along at a time when school was just starting up (a very difficult assignment this year), and so I had less time and vlogging (while not really my style) became convenient. Little editing, if any at all. My LV channel, since August, is nothing but a talking head. But that won't be forever.

I'm still at LV and I post a lot more than the hold-outs that are still there and won't go elsewhere, but here's the thing: I am SO grateful to them for holdin' out. I challenged us to go over there and get their arses over here but the truth is, I'm glad they're keepin' the light on!

I'm still active and visiting LV for THEM. If they weren't there, I don't think I'd keep goin' back as often as I do. They're what's keepin' that place alive for me.

I posted this on LV today:

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Comment by SydTheSkeptic on November 29, 2008 at 5:43pm
Kellia, I know I don't have that kind of influence. But I also know that there are some at LV who see those who go elsewhere as abandoning them. I don't want to contribute to that feeling, is all.

I agree with everything you wrote there. The management of LV truly sucks. I happen to know that the people who work at LV are as frustrated as we are, but it's out of their hands.
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on November 29, 2008 at 7:01pm
They don't see it as going down, but they perceive that there can still be a vital community there if the level of activity stays the same. People leaving drains that energy, is all.

They see the friends that they've made there as being more important than the functionality waxing and waning and that those things are just little obstacles to maintaining an active community and that they're easily overcome by resourcefulness and creativity and that the energy put into that is worth it for the people that are there. That's all. I can see that point of view.
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on November 29, 2008 at 7:41pm
Well, for example, posting "new vid" on the bulletin boards. That's just one. :o)
Today, my video was approved in about 20 minutes. I won't assume anything about people's motivations for wanting to stay there. Some do, some don't. I'm not passing judgment on those who stay exclusively there and those who don't. I can see both sides of it, is all.


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