Here is a problem that most Urbaniacs run into at some point or another, and I am having my own difficulties with it now. People say New York is the city that never sleeps, but this is even more true with Urbanville.
Urbanville has thousands of members, and few come from the same place. This means that there could be users from ANY timezone across the world! Plus, people have different schedules. Even within a timezone, there are those that get on in the afternoons, and those insomniacs who play all night. I have never known there to be a time that there wasn't at least 10 or so people marching around the city.
And although this is great, it makes it kind of hard to keep up. With all these different schedules, how does your tight schedule fit in? When you can only get on about 15 minutes every day, it is hard to stay active on a site that is alive 24 hours a day. With all these forum topics, urbograms, and chronicles post, who has time for it all?
Well, not many. The people that do have time end up being a huge influence on Urbanville, leaving the others in the dust. For example, last summer when I was out of school, it was easy for me to keep up. That was when I started becoming a more reputable figure in this town. Now, however, school is in session and harder than ever. I just can't keep up anymore, and as my posts become fewer and farther between, so does my influence. I go back to where I was last school year when barely anyone knew my name and even less thought highly of me.
And, of course, that isn't all we have to keep up with. How about these knew updates? Alongside all of the days new posts come all of the sites funky new updates. I love these updates(especially the new Chronicles), but it also makes Urbanville a little bit more complex than before. I will catch up at some point, but right now it is kind of leaving me in the dust.
So, what do we do about this? Honestly, I don't know. Right now, I just do all I can to stay in touch with Urbanville and not lose my grip. I am doing a better job than I did last year, when I gave up completely on the site. Maybe I have a little bit more inspiration this time.
Just realize that not everyone can get on as often as you might be able to, so don't get impatient with your fellow Urbaniacs. And make sure they always feel at home, whether they are keeping up or not!