Last time I talked about a 3-tiered success structure for local events. The first and third tiers are pretty straight forward in recognizing their achievement. Either the event happened or it didn’t; tier 1. Either you took in enough money to pay all your bills or you didn’t (and had to dig into you pocket to get everyone paid); tier 3.
Tier 2 is a little less cut and dry. But I say not that hard to determine. Did people have a good time? Just how many people have to have a good time for this tier to be successful? One. If you manage to affect just one person’s life in a positive manner you have made a difference in this world.
The problem I see in the Omaha area is that there are a lot of people, very vocal people, who only state what they don’t like about events. This is not a new phenomena, it’s been going on ever since events have been organized in the area. What is new is the internet, it allows any opinion to go far and last a long, long time. So let’s use that medium to help the SF/Anime/Gaming community in the Metro area. When you find you like certain activities stand up and say what you like about them. Not only will this bring balance to the (internet) force but it will allow organizers of events to know what people actually like, rather than just what they don’t like.
So here is my call to arms. If you like something that happened in the community, tell the world about it. Write it on someone’s wall on Facebook, join a forum (like www.osfes.com/) and sing its praises, comment on blogs following these events, or send bulletins out on MySpace. There are many avenues to get the word back to event organizers but you have to take that first step.
The Omaha Science Fiction Education Society (OSFES) wants to build the SF/Anime/Gaming community in the Metro area. OSFES wants to see all fannish activity succeed, not just OSFest. There are several active fan groups interested in various facets of what can be called "fandom," and all are equally important. We all need your help.
So make a righteous noise and let your voices be heard.