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Keeping Up With The Community

Monday, October 25, 2004

There is a nice community of shareware (game) developers on the internet. The Association of Shareware Professionals has a lot of members who are willing to help out others and the shareware game developers over at Indie Gamer have interesting discussion too.

I'm sure it would be beneficial to my business if I got involved with these communities, but it's hard to find the time. Reading up on posts can take quite a while. Recently, I have been planning thirty minutes every day to keep up with all the discussions, but that doesn't seem enough. Until now I have mainly been lurking a bit, but I really need to get involved and get my name out there.

One of my problems is that I don't have the feeling I have that much to add. I'm just starting out and whatever I say is pure speculation. Of course, there is a lot I could ask, but somehow I feel bad about taking from the community and not giving anything back. I guess I'll just have to get over it.

Another problem is that there is so much information on the internet about running your own shareware business that I have the feeling that I should be making things happen instead of just talking about them. Maybe I'll just do both, even though it takes a lot of my time.

I wonder how all the other people on the message board and the newsgroups find the time to keep up with the latest discussion between all their work. Hey, that might be a nice question to post!

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