I think OL coming out on time is a big part of the boost, actually.
Well, if you mean in the very recent past (last six months), you might be right. But given how close in time some OL problems were (6+ months back), I'd be disinclined to credit that with too much membership boost.
I'd credit at least part of it with the generally consistent Office work (albeit with the minor membership packet printing hitch at the end of 2004) we've had for the past few years. The Hugh-Todd-Kirk team has worked particularly well.
Todd says we don't have enough data to support it, but I like to think that there might be slight uptick in renewals (and hence overall membership #s
) due to the PayPal renewal option.
Other than that I'm not really sure. The increasing numbers of Dedicant mentors available probably helps out to a certain extent, along with your and romandruid
's hard work on our Dedicant Program, of course.
Honestly, I don't see the Guilds as doing a lot toward keeping membership #s
high, with the possible exception of the Liturgists Guild because Todd really pushed through to get a real, live, running 1st Circle program there. Of course, I don't think the Guilds are detracting from the membership #s
, either. I guess I just don't perceive that a lot is happening with the Guilds, at least based on list traffic.
A lot of the activity I see is in the DP area, so I'd say that and, as usual, our local groves doing the High Days on a regular basis, is probably what keeps people around.There's also the really good press we're getting that's finally starting to drown out the bad press.
Where have we been getting really good press lately?if we want to help a Dedicant, the articles we need are more like supplemental items to the DP.
Yeah, I guess I'd agree with that, which modifies my previous (other-post) comment a bit. I just think that while OL articles are good, 1) not everyone in the DP gets OL, and 2) like mailing list posts, OL is ephemeral. Sure, future members can dig into past issues through PDFs, just like they can search the list archives, but in reality I think very few people do either.
I would strongly recommend that if we're getting good DP-supplementing articles in OL, that you point them out to me or convert them yourself, for inclusion on the website in the DP section. That would be a way of adding real, helpful content to the /members/training/dp/ section, which I've been wanting to do for years.
You might wonder why I don't do this myself. The answer is that I don't read OL. I'd love to, but 100% of my ADF time is spent online, and when I finish with all I can do in that realm, I don't have time for anything else related to ADF (I'm "ADF maxed out"). So if there's something good that should be on the website, it should be pointed out to me. I was supposed someone going through the old OLs for me, but she seems to have stalled :(
Also, if we get enough of these DP-supplementing articles, we may want to pull them out into their own DP supplement booklet/publication of some kind, such as "Using the Dedicant Program" or "Walking the Dedicant Path" or some other pithy-sounding DP-supplement title.Exploring the virtues, actually, would be very helpful
Ugh, I'm honestly sick of seeing everyone's take on the virtues, and don't personally get anything out of them at all. However, if other Dedicants really do, then I guess I'd have to concede that point based on the data. But personally, I think "how to" articles are much
more useful, such as the "how to" article you wrote re: the home shrine.
I think pulling such content from ADF-Dedicants list questions is a great idea, and you may want to maintain a page in the Wiki of DedicantProgramQuestions so that when you see something you can log it immediately. Then later, you or someone else can work off that list to write useful articles for the Dedicants.