Is a lot different than it used to be. When I joined the planet, there were a handful of core posters, many of whom are still around. You need that solid core to help the direction and tone of the community.
When I took over there, that part was well in place. I devoted a lot of time to search engine optimization, getting the word out, and cross marketing with other teams forums (anyone remember the F2FA?). Over time this worked. It took years, but by 2007, for a time, the Planet was the largest busiest Patriots board. That Superbowl is still the busiest day in the Planets history:
Most users ever online was 2,068, 02-04-2008 at 12:15 AM.
Anyway, the Internet is far different now than it was in 2003. Back then, even MySpace was a dubious marketing tool (though I did create a page for PP there too).
So what can we do today? I don’t have the time I did then to go to other boards and lure people here. That might be an effective way still, I am not sure. Feel free if you have time to do so.
But no, today everyone is on social media, and it seems to me that is a good way to start. BSU has both a Twitter and a Facebook. When I am able, I link to threads on here on both of those accounts.
So if you are interested in helping market the place, there are a couple of things you can do to help along these lines I think. You can follow the board on those platforms:
And like and repost things from there.
But you can also share links directly from the board here. At the bottom of the first post in every thread is a little LINK symbol. If you hit that, you can directly share a link to the thread in your own feeds.
Open any other ideas people have. These kinds of things need to be a membership effort to work, and we can not count on members of the Planet to be our only membership. We need to cast wider than that.
Thank you for your time and your thoughts.