Guinhyvar's Journal

You Sure You Wanna Go There...?

Pink. It's such a pleasant color. Personally not my favorite, but when I see it, it brings to mind things like lollipops and pink lemonade and elephants on parade. In short, something I associate with "happy".

However, the little pink box at the top of the main journal's page is anything but pleasant. It's letting me, and everyone else, know that the journals section will change on July 21st. Oh, don't worry, it says. You can still write journals. And access your journals. Just the journal tab at the top of the page will be going away. 

And then provides a link to "read more about it here". 

Well, one would think, what more is there to read about? The Team just let me know about the changes; they don't sound so bad. Just no more journal tab... what's so bad about that? So most would ignore the link and carry on with their CM business as usual, while quietly in the background a clock is ticking down to the 21st, when said changes will be implemented.

Here's the thing- that little box is misleading. Sure, they tell you there will be some changes, and tell you about the least among them. Then give you a link that most of us would ignore, because we trust that if our vaunted Team says it's no big deal, then it's really going to be alright. So technically they're not doing anything WRONG... they're just not giving you the entire truth behind these "changes". 

Essentially, they're removing the Recent Journals, the Popular Journals, and the Mom's Marketplace. We can still access OUR journals, and see our friends' journals, and write new journals. But the new journals we write will only be seen by our friends, unless we join one or more of the Big Groups (The Lounge, Newcomers, The Cafe [all CM sponsored, by the way]) to post and promote our journals. So basically we have to join groups with a lot of members in order to feature our journals and to seek out new journals. Unless all we're interested is reading our friends' journals, that is. If that's all you want out of journals, then this change will not really effect you. The rest of us, however, you use the journals section regularly, well... we're screwed. 

The Team is saying that using the groups is the same as using the journals section. That we're basically doing the same thing when we write in our groups and when we write in journals. And that (and this is rich) "having two different venues for the same kind of writing is confusing for new and old members alike". 

Yeah. I'm so glad that I now know the difference, because I've been confused for the past 4+ years I've been a member. And gee, so have all of you, apparently. Did you know?

This is basically cutting the journals off a the knees, and herding all of us into CM sponsored groups. That's where the money is. CM is claiming that this is "best" for us and the site, but somehow I think that what it's really best for is their bottom line. Oh, and of course, there's always The Stir. CM's payed bloggers. We can still read that, and comment. Neat, right?

You can read about the changes here. That link will take you right to the thread that outlines the plan. And at the end of it, the Team wants you to give them some feedback. And many of us have, to no avail. Although the Team claims to want to hear from us, somehow I think that's something they have to say in order to pretend to placate us, because the outcry in opposing these changes has been loud, and yet... fallen on deaf ears. The changes are apparently going forth anyway, regardless of what we might want.

What do you think of these changes?

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Jul. 18, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Hate them. Not a happy camper over here.

And they're silencing the voices of those of us who are writing journals about it.

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Jul. 18, 2011 at 8:19 PM

moi, aussi. Hatehatehate. Blah.

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Jul. 18, 2011 at 8:45 PM Hate. It. I used to frequent the journals all the time. Then, they became overrun with mindless journals about nothing at all.

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Jul. 18, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Interesting that none of the journals about the soon-to-be-no-more journals section are in the list on the main journals page.

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Jul. 19, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Yeah because that is totally going to solve the problems with the journal section.

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Jul. 19, 2011 at 8:39 AM

At least there are a few more journals about these "for your own good" changes, drawing attention to this problem.  I really wish CM cared enough about us to listen. 

I've been a member since February 2008.  Granted, I wasn't among the first users of this site, but I've been here for a few years and have seen a few changes--some good, some not-so-good, but overall, pretty tolerable.  This change, however, is not good or tolerable.

I used to speak glowingly of this site, and convince "real life" friends to join.  I used to love it.  It seemed the perfect place to find support, make friends, share stories, thoughts and experiences and just connect with other moms over a variety of issues.  Now, I just feel like a part of a herd being driven toward the slaughterhouse (the sponsored groups where I can be properly marketed to). 

This no longer feels like a site for moms to connect, but a place where our purchasing choices can be influenced.  What's special about that?  I could sit in front of network TV if I wanted to be sold products.

I'm very unhappy about this.  I have too many friends here that I want to stay connected with, but I don't want to stay because one of the best features of CM is being rendered useless.  I won't be joining one of the drama-filled groups.  If I could package up all of my friends and relocate them to another group that has the features CM had (or will have had, by Thursday), I'd do it in a heartbeat. 

I can no longer recommend this site to my friends and acquaintances.  I'd be too embarrassed to lead them someplace that sees us as marketing targets and nothing more.

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Jul. 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

I'm not happy about it either. I have met many of my friends through the journals. Truly this is a sad thing they are doing.

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Jul. 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

This really stinks.  While I don't write often anymore, I read frequently.  This saddens me.

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Jul. 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Count me among the uhappy whiners.  I don't want this change. 

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Jul. 19, 2011 at 2:34 PM

And you are one of the journal writers I will miss the most.


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