Alright, I'm a bottle blonde and I get confused easily. I totally understand the changes at Gather, whether I agree with all of them or not. I realize the importance of SEO to the success of a website as that's what I do. Gather was my escape but much like many other good things, the only constant in life is change so I'm down with that.
So why am I feeling confusion? I sense there are renegade Gather police on patrol. Somebody is getting flag-happy, flagging posts all over Gather. Some were questionable copy-and-paste posts, which I understand. However, others were simply chronicles of a person's day. While that may not be titillating content to certain lofty scribes, I don't see why it should be flagged.
Several of my Gather friends left over the past few months, including a couple of writers. Some felt they could earn more for their writing elsewhere and others were tired of the drama and changes when all they wanted to do was socialize in a friendly environment.
I loved to share creative endeavors and everyday struggles here at Gather but maybe there isn't room for them anymore. If you start seeing posts by me about Britney Spears, burning belly fat and acne, I'm rolling with the changes. After all, socializing about our work, families and job doesn't seem to be worthwhile to the all-important search engines or the self-appointed Gather police. Maybe it's all about the points and search engine rankings after all...