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Got Show Help Here?: Pay It Forward!

It occurred to me (while reading a very nice 'thank-you' response from an AFI member who found one of my comments helpful) to make a request of the AFI community.  Here it is:

The vast majority of readers on this site are "lurkers": Folks who visit and read, but don't write.  And God bless ya, I'm not here to criticize this: It's true of just about every other blog site on the Internet (including the ones that specialize in serving writers and bloggers!).

But I do have a friendly proposition for those of you who get help from something you read here:
Pay it forward!

That means (pick one!):
* Post a comment saying, "Thanks, that was helpful!"
* Ask a follow-up question
* Comment on another topic

And if you ask a question about a particular show that hasn't been formally reviewed, and you get information that helps you decide to actually DO the show, how 'about writing a short review of your experience afterward?

Doesn't have to be complicated; just cover the same questions you had when you asked about it in the first place.  Here are the most frequent questions asked about shows:
* How were sales?  Attendance?  Were packages being carried around, or were folks sight-seeing?
* Is it worth the trip for an out of towner?
* How is the setup? Was it "day before show", "morning of show", or both? 

* How far away was the artist parking?
* Were there amenities/awards?
* What did the crowd seem most/least interested in: 2D? 3D? Or dogs, music, wine?
* Is there a particular type of art/ craft that would do well/poorly?
* All things being equal, would you do the show again?

BONUS POINTS if you do any of the above RIGHT AFTER YOU REALIZE YOU GOT HELP HERE.  To wait, is to be like one of those show visitors who says, "I really like this.  Let me think about it!"  ;-)

Thanks--in advance!

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Comment by Nels Johnson on January 29, 2014 at 6:45pm

Good thoughts, Geoff

Comment by Kim Shirley on January 29, 2014 at 7:21pm

LOL, I never thought of myself as a 'lurker' but, I guess I am! I read a LOT of posts but hardly ever comment. Thanks for making me aware. My goal for 2014? Be a little more active on here! Thanks Geoff!!!!

Comment by Scott Pakulski on January 29, 2014 at 9:41pm

I am not a 'lurker', just in hibernation right now for the snow up here is freaking incredible... No shows until the spring...

Comment by Larry Berman on January 29, 2014 at 9:54pm

Brilliant post Geoff. I agree 100%.

And everyone should tell their friends about AFI.

Larry Berman

Comment by Jim Parker on January 29, 2014 at 11:29pm
Just lurkin'!
Comment by Ruth Finkenbiner on January 31, 2014 at 12:22am

Good idea, I have to admit that as a resident of somewhere much further west than the vast majority of people on this site, I've gotten tired of writing blogs read by a few, commented on by very few and feeling my efforts were wasted.  It's become more worthwhile to "hangout" in the SW and West Coast group than to spend my time on most of the rest of this site. 

Maybe 2014 will bring me back out of my "mostly lurking" status, of course, if we were to ever get accepted into any new shows in TX/OK this spring that might help, so far we're waitlisted and rejected for every show we've applied for and that in itself is a massive discouragement.  We moved south for the winter to avoid hibernation but so far other than totally enjoying a winter in AZ, that is not working as planned.

Comment by Joan Pinkus on January 31, 2014 at 1:42pm
You caught me.
Comment by Tamara Kelly on January 31, 2014 at 5:58pm

Yes me as well I will go and write my review on the Southwest Arts Fest 2014 in Indio California today!!!!

Ruth sorry to hear about the shows and wait list rejections... Hate it... maybe you need to give it a year or 2 before they start letting you in...

ok off to the place where you write the review

Comment by Geoff Coe on January 31, 2014 at 7:50pm
Thanks for going for it Tamara!
Comment by Tamara Kelly on January 31, 2014 at 9:19pm

I wrote the review and will continue is very frustrating when you look for information on show and there is nothing.. it took 5 minutes


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