A Few Tips for New Members starting in Alpha

Since we just opened up a new round I thought it would be prudent to make a few suggestions for people just starting out. Hopefully they have signed up here as well. If Not, well...

Tip #1 Join The community page, as well as Alpha. They are separate but equally important. Right now we cannot follow people in alpha, only niches. But you can follow people on their community profile page. Community posts and dialog are a great way to start to get to know people, and let others see your personality.

Tip #2 Look before you suggest. You may be really excited about a topic, and you think that no one will have suggested it. But we have 119 pages filled with niche topics that are not purchased yet.  And even more that have been. If you are new and you think that 'Writing' or 'Street Photography' hasn't been suggested, you are so wrong. Suggesting a topic that is already accepted by our community will get you blocked from suggesting again for 7 days. Do your research before you suggest a niche. 

Tip #3 Vote for your niche! This cracks me up when I see a new topic and it has no votes. After you submit your niche suggestion, it asks you if you want to see your suggestion. Click on it, because it will take you to the election. Why not set the tone with a positive vote. Your vote. Not to mention that the 3 day voting period won't end if it doesn't meet a minimum votes (21) so help your suggestion out.

Tip #4 Check back every day to read comments Often if community members are unclear about your niche and will ask a question of you to get more clarification. If they don't here back from you in 24 - 30 hours they often will vote it down. This can set off a down voting trend, that you may have been able to avoid with a simple answer. Why get blocked from suggesting if you can avoid it.

Tip #5 VOTE, Comment, Suggest. Right now this is the only way to establish your reputation. Reputation is very important in this platform. And it is gained by being a positive, and constructive community member. Narrative can be a "sit on the sidelines" kind of platform, but if you plan to provide content, you need to be involved. Your Rep depends on it. So start creating activity on the platform.

Ok that is some of my helpful tips, I welcome other seasoned Narrative members to offer more positive advice, if I have missed something.

 

Original Post

Fantastic tips @Emily Barnett.

I'll add just one tip...

Tip #6 If at first you don't succeed...

... you know how this one goes: try, try again.

Chances are sooner or later, a niche you suggest will be rejected.  It is most likely to happen when you first join and start suggesting niches because you're right at the beginning of your Narrative journey, and have yet to discover the ins and outs.

Has this happened to you?  Great, you've got it out of the way.  Don't worry about it - try to understand what went wrong, and along with the excellent tips above from Emily, start figuring out what your next, improved suggestion will be.

Before you know it, the rejected niche will be a distant memory, buried beneath a long succession of learning, successes, and fun on the platform.  That's what we're all aiming for.

Welcome to Narrative.

Malkazoid posted:

Fantastic tips @Emily Barnett.

I'll add just one tip...

Tip #6 If at first you don't succeed...

... you know how this one goes: try, try again.

Welcome to Narrative.

Absolutely!!! I think most of us have had a failed niche for one reason or another. Lot's of times I think excitement is the biggest culprit. There is a lot to learn here, but super fascinating, every step of the way!

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