A couple of months ago we decided to move our http://everythinker.com away from Ning. The basic reason was that we were having problems with users engagement, we did not find a way to keep users and to have them post content. At the same time, Ning did not provide an easy way to post content from other websites, such as the "Press This" booklet offered by Wordpress or another similar booklet offered by Tumblr.
We shifted the idea of the website and we created a blog on Tumblr. We bought one of their templates and we started posting things from other websites and we used the "reblog" feature of Tumblr. We also added the "submit this" feature of Tumblr, where readers can submit text, photos, videos and links, to be moderated by the admins of the website.
We felt more in control of our website, because even if our readers were not submitting many things, we were able to add content on a daily basis and we kept the website fresh with new content. The "queue" feature of Tumblr was a key to this!
But then we started looking at the webstats of the website. Yes, we had a little bit more visits than we had here on Ning, but we were missing the community part of our old Ning website. Using Tumblr meant having a one-way website, where we posted content and unknown readers read this content.
So we decided to move back to Ning! The only problem: I just paid for the plan but our old network (which was on http://lochalening.ning.com) still says it is under maintenance! Anyone knows how long does it take for the old network to come back online?
Thanks a lot!