Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
I see the fight taking place between the owners of these 2 forums and I wonder. I have stated why I left and how annoyed I was. Generally speaking though I am over it. I am willing to try again although I am not sure that this is going anywhere.
So what is the point of this entry to my blog?
Just some suggestions. I had some before but they were ignored in much the same manner that Mulphy seems to be being treated now. So I would like to give my view. Now please remember that I walked 2 years ago so I am not up to speed on all the infighting that has taken place.
I suggest a different approach. Firstly the donation idea seems to have worked so that eliminates a big problem. When I am convinced that I want to stay I will throw $100 in but not until. So what is the problem? It is simple really. Not enough members. You can hear the crickets in here.
I do not think it matters that Lanzalad has split the membership and started a new forum. It is irrelevant. It is probably a good thing in its own way. I think that belonging to 2 forums is a bit silly but that is for each individual to decide. You see at the end of the day the market will decide. Yes the market. If you have something that people want to join, something attractive and interesting people will come. If on the other hand constant fighting is taking place and physical threats talked about even if it is not aimed at the visitor what kind of impression do you think that conveys?
How does that encourage growth and input? It doesn't. Threatening to 'level' people is a bit like that old thing in sales where you never criticize your competitor. It leaves a bad taste.
I think this all needs to be looked at from another perspective. What is done is done but a certain amount of loyalty is needed. Or maybe at least honest neutrality. If you have taken the trouble to be a member of Pattaya Live and made a donation maybe two then how about digging in? Make the forum grow and prosper by contributing. Evil Penevil was great at reviewing restaurants. Why has that stopped? Where is he? Why isn't he running a blog strictly for restaurant reviews? Has he left PL for the new forum? Well ok then maybe somebody else who lives in Pattaya or who is a steady visitor can substitute.
When I was here before it would sicken me to keep seeing people here constantly say that we needed more content we needed more content. Especially annoying because I was the only one providing any content. Yes ME with Snapshot. Best example I can give is He Who Shall Not Be Named. He would seriously talk about adding content and yet with a job in quasi showbiz he did absolutely nothing except come onto the forum and be a smart mouth. Clever!! NOT.
The tools and talent were there but nothing was done. The few core members that are left seem to be much more interested in fighting the other forum instead of ignoring that distraction and instead doing something to add spice to THIS forum. Yes I mean YOU the guy who is reading this right now.
Snapshot is a little magazine blog with a couple of specialties inside a larger forum. I did and I will keep it up with pieces and pictures and (I hope) interesting commentary. Why can't YOU do that too? Not enough time? Who cares, if you put something in there once a month and enough people run enough specialty blogs and threads then that in conjunction with the regular forum will provide interest to ALL visitors. In other words I suppose you get out what you care to put in.
Why did you make a donation????????? Why contribute to keep Pattaya Live afloat???????? If you don't care about the survival of this forum why did you bother?????
The trouble is that all of you wait for somebody else to amuse you. Problem is that this is an online community of sorts and the idea is that you put in not just take out. There are dozens of things that can be championed all you have to do is pick a subject and make it your own. How hard is that? You have seen me do it for many years. So you aren't Ernest Hemingway so what. Do your best and use your intellect to make something from nothing.
If you do this then the forum will generate interest and new members. If you do not it will slowly die further until you will be left swinging handbags at each other as you slither off the deck of the sinking Titanic.
Another idea that I had was a repository for a book and movie of the month. Downloadable to paying members of Pattaya Live. Password changing every month with a new movie and audio book every month with reviews and synopsis.
Fighting and arguing is not the answer. Healthy competition is. I am here right now, I write. I would like to stay. Make me stay. Support this forum selflessly give and it will survive and I do not mean money. Put in don't just one liner it and expect somebody else to do the heavy lifting.
Here are some subjects that could be championed. Tommy Robinson. News on the muslim horde. Restaurants. Movies and books. Hotel reviews. A charity support thread. The list is endless. Pick something do your bit and maybe just maybe this place will survive. Otherwise forget it.
Now I will shut up.