This project is a bit of a test, really. Since I’m a marketer and working mostly with new marketing systems like blogging, social networking and community dialogue, I’ve decided to set up a Ning network specifically for Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie paddlers. For a start, there’s a need to organise whatever paddlers from the region I can get and I also want to see what the Ning fuss is about.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ning, it’s a sort of social networking meta-centre where you create your own social network. There are thousands of mini networks and a few paddling ones as well. In new marketing news, Ning is being talked up as the next big thing. Maybe. It looks pretty versatile and it can do a whole lot of things pretty easily. If you were starting out with a blog, it might be worth just doing there but I think you’d be pretty limited in how far you can go so I can’t see it being a challenge to WordPress.
So far I’m the only person on my network which is kinda lame but if this project falls in a heap at least I know that Ning is not worth it or Lake Macquarie paddlers are non-existent except me and fellow NSW clubster, David Gribbins. So, you local paddlers, drop us a line on Ning and see if we can meet up on the water.
The link is here http://hunterpaddler.ning.com. Check it out.