Re: Moving, affordability, outreach
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:37:38 -0700 (PDT)
Also don't let your website get stale.  Especially while you are in the
forming stage, it is easy for new visitors to wonder if you are for real:
if your project is actually making progress, or just a pipe dream of one or
two overly optimistic idealists.  A website with out of date information
says "defunct pipe dream" really loudly.  If you really can't keep up with
a "upcoming events" or " recent news" page on the site, then don't have one
at all.  A "news" page where the last event was 18 months ago sends
interested folks browsing to the next site right quick.

Oh here's another thing we've had luck with...having an active "interest"
mailing list, to which we send periodic newsletters. (Infrequent...don't be
spammers.)  we have had lots of folks come looking to buy who said "I've
been on your interest list for ages, and I'm finally at a point in life to
consider doing this."  It periodically reminds them that you are making
progress...and give folks an "artifact" to forward to interested friends
and associates.

On Thursday, August 8, 2013, Sharon Villines wrote:

> On Aug 8, 2013, at 11:09 AM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at] 
> wrote:
> > Also make  yourself really really easy to find.  Make sure you are the
> very
> > first Google hit for "cohousing your-state".  Make sure you have a
> website
> > with current information, and an easy way to contact you.
> Exactly right. Websites are the new business card. Think about what you
> would put on a business card -- name, complete address, phone number, email
> address, web address, and field of interest/business. Websites are very
> easy to put up these days. My granddaughters are learning how to do this in
> elementary school!!!!
> A repeated question to new communities posting on this list has been "What
> state are you in?" It's almost a running joke that communities think
> everyone knows Main Street is in Springfield and what state Springfield is
> in.
> I once visited a cohousing site and could not figure out what _continent_
> it was on. There was a picture of a field with mountains in the background.
> It could have been any one of three continents that I was familiar with and
> I'm totally not a world traveller. It turned out to be in Australia.
> And list yourself on the site as "forming" right away.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines, Washington DC
> "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't
> have any..." Alice Walker
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