Well, I can't say that I'm not a bit disappointed. When I started to advertise the group I got a lot more response for membership than I expected and was quite pleased! Then I make the first post and only one person replies. Though of course no one expects a flood of replies to every post, as this community is just starting up and I need specific information from all our members and I get almost none-- I'm a bit disappointed.
Now, either some of you didn't see the post (it happens, sometimes my friend's page gets flooded and I miss important posts) or I didn't make this clearer when I began advertising the community: I am thrilled that Awareness has so many well wishers! However, if you are merely a well wisher you should not be a member of this community. You are more than welcome to watch the community, but membership (and therefore posting access, though anyone can comment) is restricted to people who actually intend to contribute to Awareness on a regular basis. That is, for people who are on board with the publication, plan to write for it regularily, and wish to be involved with the project starting now.
Therefore, if you reply to this post stating that you do wish to be a full member of Awareness and contribute best you can, you shall remain in the community. If you do not reply or inform me you are only a well-wisher, I will remove you from the member list, though you are more than welcome to continue to watch the community.
Moving on to Business...
What we need:
We badly, badly need a Web designer. I am planning to pay for a domain out of my own pocket, but as we are a non-profit organization I cannot offer any money to our prospective web designer. However, our web designer is more than welcome to use the site in their portfolio and of course can plaster their name all over the site (as long as it's tasteful) so employers know who did the site.
We also need to pick a name for our domain. If no one has any input on the matter, I'll simply pick one myself. But I would like input. Awareness is taken for almost all domains, so some variation is probably what we'll have the most luck with. But of course I'll try to get awareness if I can.
What I need:
I need some information for all our members. if you would kindly e-mail me the following information (or you can of course post it in the community if you feel comfortable doing so:
Your LJ Username
Your Website (if applicable)
Your Experience (if any)
Your Strengths (what you can offer to the publication, i.e. writer, photographer, layout, web design, PR, communications, etc.)
Your Desired Area of Focus (i.e. Domestic Violence, Environment, Civil Rights, etc. etc.)
Your Desired Position with the Publication
Possible topic (you want to do) for our first issue
Areas you think need to be covered in our Magazine
For Ambitious Writers and Photographers:
If any of you are feeling especially ambitious and want to get started on your topics, I need everyone to be aware of a few things. Once you've selected a topic for your first article, and let me know what it is, you are more then welcome to get started. For virtually any article you will need to do research. Of course, editorials are welcome, but some background information on the issue will probably be needed. With that in mind, all writers need to keep bibliographies for their research. It does not have to be a formal MFA style bibliography, I just need you to keep track of your sources (perferably in a word or text document you can include with your article). Why? I need to make sure your information is accurate. Especially with statistics. It's not that I don't trust you, it's just that statistics are a dime a dozen and we're going to need a source to quote if we plan on using them. Also, to make sure your information is up to date. Statistics from 1995 may be accruate for 10 years ago, but not today. Of course, it's also to insure no one is making up statistics, or plagerizing for that matter. (Again, I trust you all, but just a precaution. The last thing we need is to get sued because we weren't a little cauious.)
Regarding Photographs. Obviously, we're going to need photographs. However, I know we all sometimes go surfing around google for pictures for avatars and signatures and such things, but we cannot do that here. If we're going to be a publication and we take pictures off of google (1) it'll look very unprofessional and (2) we'll be stepping on copyright infrigments and we don't need to get sued. With that in mind, all our pictures have to be original works of our members and contributors, that way we obviously have permission to use them. If you find some really great picture you want to use, we'll need written permission (e-mail or otherwise) saying we can use it. In the case of needing a picture of say, Tsunami relief, we'll probably have to pay for the rights from another publication or get rights from a very generous benefactor. We'll worry about that more later. So, Photographers will need either a digital camera or a scanner so we can get their pictures online.
What we need to keep in mind:
There are a few things everyone at the publication needs to keep in mind. Our mission is to make people aware of issues and also give them an outlet to address them. Any article you do needs to have at least one way in which someone can "make a difference" regarding the problem at hand. Do not forget. Any research you do, be careful we aren't stepping on any copyright laws. I would also be nice if some people could promote the community and (eventually) the publication in other ways. I'll probably assign that job to someone at some point, volenteers welcome.
Any other issues you can think of, please bring them up. I'm sorry if I'm coming across as gruff, I'm just trying to get the business over and done with. Once that's addressed, we can have fun and start enjoying what it is we are doing.
Thank you all for your time and effort.