As a group we initially hoped to attract followers to the blog Art Pilsen, and using social media tools--promote the interactivity of the site. Though I think we succeeded in our efforts, here are a few additional conclusions I have drawn over the course of the study.
1.) Small sites=huge impact
I was very surprised by the positive feedback of community members in response to our blog...Whether they be neighborhood artists, or Pilsen natives--everyone was eager to get involved with the project.
2.) Sites like Art Pilsen, are often run by motivated, charismatic individuals--who have a great idea, and want to display it for the public (case in point Miguel Cortez)...The problem is--they have full time jobs in addition to running blogs and news pages. We were able to provide some extra manpower for Art Pilsen (needed to reach a larger population of users), however, most sites don't have the volunteers or the resources to fund employees.
3.) It took a lot of work, thought, and time to manage a running blog! I found it extremely difficult to constantly post new, thought-provoking material for readers. You want to impress your audience with your findings and encourage feedback, but often times I felt as if I was reiterating thoughts--or struggling to be innovative.
Hopefully, as a group we can continue to work with ArtPilsen in the future--even if it means less frequently. I want to see neighborhood sites like this one succeed...