Members of the Visionary Tribe
Please read this Ning blog for some disturbing news about the fate of free Ning networks:
A message to all members of Visionary Art
In reply to this, I had added this comment to the blog (awaiting moderator approval, at the time of this writing):
I feel very strongly that you guys are shooting yourself in the foot!Where did your premium customers come from in the first place, if not from the free start-up little networks that outgrew their bandwidth and storage space when they became successful and their memberships expanded. This, in the not too distant future, will be the case with my own network. At that point in time, it was planned already to add extra bandwidth.But if you get rid of the free service, you won't have the start-ups that eventually expand enough to become premium customers! Was it not enough to get the google ad revenue from all these little networks? I concede, it is not much, but the potential of these small networks to start up and grow into premium revenue networks will have the rug pulled out from under them.I would hope that sanity will prevail, and short term gain from slash and cut will be abandoned for a more progressive view of long term opportunities and building of an ever growing customer base, instead of what promises to be a stagnating enterprise gasping for breath.Interestingly enough, I've seen sites go exactly in the opposite direction, making more of their services free as a basic service in order to atract a customer base to which innovative and atractive premium services can be offered.
At this point in time, I can only speculate about what is going to happen, but let me assure you all that I will do everything I can to keep this network intact. I had spent too much of my time and energy to build this network and the Public Gallery on weebly (which is fed by embedded content from here) to let anything happen to it.
In an e-mail to some friends I jokingly suggested that I am thinking about selling a kidney (preferably not my own) to keep the network afloat.
Seriously: we already have grown to a point where we would need premium services anyway in order to add to our ever growing collection of great art. Thus, additional storage and bandwidth would have to be purchased through premium services.
A solution will be found. It is not an insurmountable problem!
Aside from weebly, which has proven to be a reliable host for this website, there is also Google offering free websites with a number of attractive templates and easy to use features: Google Sites.
This is the Blog for the Public Gallery of the Private
We are currently rebuilding our website with a new theme - so temporarily this site is functional, but a construction zone.
Headers, background and certain special new functions will be built in, respectively changed. Additionally, most Slide Shows used to be embedded from our Private Social Network on Ning. Since Ning discontinued Flash some time ago, the space where the embedded slide shows supposed to be is blank!
We are working to fix this as well, but with over 500 pages for artists alone, this will take time.