Since the recent updates at Gather, there have been many folks complaining about receiving less points. To be honest, I was one of them :) Add the frustrating upgrades (yes, I keep getting email feeds late, lose comments, posts, etc., can't view videos) and my panties were in a bunch!
Life's circumstances prevented me from Gathering for a few days. When I dove back in this week, I decided I wanted to make the most of my Gather experience. Fighting the inevitable is like spitting against the wind. I love my Gather friends and I enjoy earning points, too. Hubby is a disabled veteran and every extra cent helps.
As an experiment, I changed the way I Gather. I used to earn about 80-100 points a day (I write so I'm only here on and off). With the recent changes, I was only getting about 10-30 points daily. It was rather frustrating to see such a decline in points.
I decided to post more often. I mixed the posts up, including entries about my personal life and more news-driven pieces. Anything I wrote reflected on my own personal feelings rather than being a cut-and-paste. After all, the primary reasons I'm here are for socialization (it's a solo thing being a writer) and honest feedback about my writing.
I also continued to view my connection's posts, only commenting when I really had something to say. For those I felt I just wanted to thank, I resisted. (Yes, I had a habit of saying "thanks" or "nice". My former English professor called these "plastic stickers" so I tried to eliminate them this week, though a couple may have slipped by me).
Finally, I submitted any posts with newsworthy value (only about 2-3) to Ping-o-matic so the search engines could pick them up. I did not submit stuff about my life, family or faith to the search engines as I consider those part of my Gather friendships.
What were the results of my experiment? My new way of Gathering works! I remained connected with my friends but our conversations were more meaningful. My posts were more significant and were featured at several Gather groups. I enjoyed writing the posts more because I put more thought into them.
Alright, what about the big question - THE POINTS?!?! My points soared immediately. I was able to cash out for $25 yesterday after more than a month and a half of stagnation (clearly the old way wasn't working for me). Today I already have over 50 points and I'll be Gathering more later.
One of my best friends told me years ago that the only constant in life is change. Maybe change is good after all...now if only those glitches would go away ;)