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listing posted Wed, July 25, 2012 - 1:44 PM
Making Community Event Calendars:
This position is straight-forward and, for the right type of person, fun.
It's being more deliberate about finding out what's going on-
something we do anyway, no?
It's a project with a lot of heart, that is elegantly simple, practical, and has huge potential, both financially and communally, and there are great perks (free entrances, etc.).
I'm taking a concept I'm doing down here in sunny San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and applying it to other towns and cities. As people want to know what's going on, the resulting website, should attract a lot of visitors, visitors who return frequently, and that kind of traffic translates into money through ads.
There are basically two phases: one gathering ongoing events, those that repeat weekly, and, two keeping up with the one-time events. (Of course, we do need to check now and again to make sure that the ongoing events are still accurate.)
I gather event listings from local papers, Facebook, and a few other specialized, very limited on-line event calendars. I have a good listing of ongoing events, things that happen every week on the same day at the same time, for instance, yoga classes, bird walks, meetings... These ongoing events really bulk up the calendar, without the effort of uploading them each time. After those regularly repeating events are collected, I find myself spending 8-10 hours per week working on the calendar (but with additional automation the workload should be less.) Other calendars don't work because they rely on users to alert them (usually in email form) of their event. Mine is "complete" because I gather the events myself. I am looking to copy that success in towns like yours.
Of course, at some point we become popular enough so that people think to add their own event. I've developed a system that allows users to fill in a form and post their own events. However, I still need to put a password system in place for it.
At some point, with just grassroots effort, we hit a critical mass (the right number of towns involved) where we get advertisers (and maybe investors.) Everyone is looking for something to do online. MyVents.com (the name of the site) will merge the virtual world with the real world.
It's a great community service.
It's a tool locals and visitors need.
It builds community and communication.
It's ridiculous that virtually no town has one place to see what's happening; that's what MyVents will be.
Please visit at my site www.sanmiguelevents.com to see the prototype of the soon to be mother-site MyVents.com
Please email me with your interest: myvents [at] sanmiguelevents.com
Thanks, Dr Dave
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