Over the last 14.5 months that I have been waiting for Narrative to go live with content publishing capabilities, I have been a genuine advocate for the platform, but at some point after alpha was launched, I and others, seemed to have fallen into a whirlpool of good intentions by trying to make suggestions that would improve the platform. Graciously this community platform was provided to us, to voice whatever we wanted. I think that is terrific, but it did give many people, myself very much included, a false sense that the platform was malleable, when in fact, I realize, very little was available to be influenced.
Recently, I lost my father very suddenly to cancer, and quite frankly it has made me reboot my perspectives on a lot of things. Including my approach to worrying about how this platform will, or will not be perceived/function/grow after beta launch.
I feel like I have just now pulled myself out of this existing whirlpool, of trying to change systems on the Narrative platform. I have decided to remind myself of the things that originally drew me to Narrative, rather than focusing on things that I think will be problematic. We are so close to the platform being launched, and I just want to take a deep breath and let the platform do what it's going to do. It would be nice if other people could try to do the same thing. Because the pressure to make changes, control quality, and make points crystal clear to people seems really pervasive right now. This seems to be way more of a priority than community building at the moment.
So at least from me...that's enough picking at the threads of the sweater.
Here are 5 things I like about the Narrative platform.
1. Voting: democracy works pretty well and I dig that. Deciding as a group what gets approved, or not approved, can sometimes be a real bumper car ride, but I much prefer the authenticity and participation factor it. Hands down. even when it doesn't go the way I hoped.
2. A new form of communication: this isn't a newspaper, this isn't Facebook, this isn't Steemit. Narrative is truly unique, we don't know how it will preform. And it will be different from what currently exists. That is exciting.
3. Entrepreneurialism: I love the way the platform incentivizes people to strive for their own higher standards, not by central governance, but by having individual skin in the game, either by purchasing niches, moderating, writing content, or a combination of all three. I thought this was a winning strategy, and I am glad to get back to realizing this. That doesn't mean a person has to match someone else's standards, but I believe the entrepreneurial spirit will drive people to write better, and fix mistakes. I trust that this system will work.
4. Diversity of voices: this is the biggest one for me. when I first heard Rosemary in a 2017 interview, I knew this was going to be a platform that was not single gender dominant, or geography centric. I am so pleased that the platform has attracted so many people from all over the world, and from different class structures. In my opinion this is the best asset the platform has. I believe this is a platform for people from all walks of life, that can be content makers, moderators if elected, and niche owners, no matter what their skill levels are. The platform has a system in place to put forward the most talented, but doesn't deter people from any area of the platform even if they are new to content creation. As the owner of the Equality niche, this makes me very happy indeed.
5. Quality: Not everything is perfect on the platform. We have some dormant niches that clearly have problems. But I must say, I think the level of thoughtful, articulate people on this platform so far, is very encouraging. There are many terrific, well crafted niches, purchased or ready to be purchased. These well crafted niches, once they fill up with quality content, will certainly be a draw to other content creators.
So that is my confession. In my enthusiasm for the platform to get started, I somehow got way too side tracked on how I would build the platform, and forgot that I actually came here because I really liked that platform. There are things I would prefer to be sort of different. And I still would like to know how the reputation is actually calculated, to be transparent, But none of these things are reasons for me to leave the platform, so I guess now that my head feels clearer, i just needed to let go of needing to "fix, improve, or change it", and get back to community building
What things do you like about the platform? What specifically brought you here?