I’ve been talking a lot lately with a friend about what there is (and isn’t) to do in SL. As I mentioned before, I’ve been stuck in a rut. I used to go exploring on a regular basis. For the last couple of years, my jaunts around SL have been focused on dance. So now that I’ve decided to go exploring, I’ve come across a bit of a conundrum.
I tend to hang around with the same group of people, so I tend to be at the same places. In my quest for new places, I headed to *drumroll* . . . the events listing.
Why? Sadly, I find myself asking that same question. What happened to the events listing? Does no one really use it any more? Yesterday I searched for ‘dance’ events. What did I find?
Nada. Zero. Zilch.
Oh, there’s the listings for clubs – the ‘Win $500L in Best of Latex’ type-listings (not really the kind of dance I’m looking for). Everything else was strip clubs, escorts, hiring escorts, etc. That’s it. And the search took me all the way to October 3. *Sighs*
So, I’m left with three thoughts – 1) People are listing their dance shows as something other than ‘dance,’ 2) the search function in events is equal to/worse than the search on Marketplace, and/or 3) no one bothers to list their events in the event listing anymore.
Which leaves me with a question for venue owners. Assuming that #2 is a given (told you I was cynical), is #1 true? Or is it #3? And if #3 is true, how in the heck are new people supposed to find you? Luck? Random tps? They could use the websearch, but it doesn’t work much better than event search, unless they happen to know the name of your venue. And if they know that, aren’t they probably already aware of your events?
A friend was looking for a comedy club to visit and was dismayed to find no listings for one. (Side note – this blog post appeared on my reader this morning – The Joke Jar. Coincidence?)
So if you’re looking to explore, discover new things, try out something you’ve never done before, is it all just dependent on ‘word-of-mouth’ advertising anymore?
I’m interested in lots of different things. However, since groups are limited in SL, I can’t join every group I’m interested in to stay up-to-date with events. Lots of places have subscribos to get around the group limit, but not everyone. I use my blog to follow lots of other bloggers and find much (most) of my information that way. Unfortunately, many groups don’t update their blogs on a regular basis either.
How do you get the word out about your venue/events/happenings? What do you do to get new people in the door?
*EDIT NOTE: Since writing this, I have discovered that the events listing search from within the viewer seems to be different than the external events listing (Community:Events).
However, this event listing has no search function, other than choosing from the designated categories.
So I have to open an external window to search for events that I want to go to within SL, when I am already in-world?
That seems stupid.