I thought Starter Pistols Fired Blanks!

Often when folks join Empire Avenue they have interesting expressions about how hard it is to get started.  Some have likened the beginning with EA to trying to drink from a fire hose.  A new player sold the shares of someone who had been helping him creating an unfortunate encounter with the more senior player.  Smarting from his wounds, the newbie told me he thought starter pistols fired blanks.  starter-pistol 

EA fortunately has  added tons of new information designed to help new players understand the rules of the avenue.  We even have very excellent videos that provide amazing assistance and an awesome new wiki.   I worry just a tiny bit that all this well intended information might contribute to the overload most new players experience.

Although it was a couple of years ago, I well remember my dazed and confused feelings about this wacky Empire.  To make matters worse for me, I barely knew how to spell Social Media.  In fact, one of my major goals in joining EA was to learn about the various social media platforms.  I sort of looked at EA as a sandbox where I could play with social media to figure it out.  As some of the marinated veterans encouraged me to join more, and more, and more and more networks…I wondered if signing up for social media networks could become a full time occupation.  Thank goodness for OAuth to ease a bit of that pain.  Trying to figure out the various networks and EA at the same time was daunting for someone of my limited skill.

I seem to have mostly survived.  I have some reasonable Social Media networks, and my EA stats are decent…particularly for someone who does this for grins & giggles.  Most important I have created some relationships that will be resources for my lifetime.  That is the insight I really want to share when I was thinking about starting EA.

EA players come from all over the world and with such a huge range of backgrounds, skills, experiences, goals, and intentions.  Accommodating this diversity is an awesome strength of EA. The strand that connects all of us in this social media game is that word social.  Everyone who participates in EA is looking for a social connection with other people.

I survived my bumbling start down Empire Avenue strictly on the kindness of strangers.  Folks who for no apparent reason reached out to me…not trying to further their own interest, but instead trying to guide a Texas bumpkin down the Avenue.  They chose to pay it forward, and they changed me forever.  I am grateful beyond words.  

I am excited about the FAQ, the videos, the wiki, the FB, G+, and Twitter streams. I can’t believe how many folks are blogging and tweeting and talking about EA with their friends, family, and colleagues.  But what I am certain is that if you really want to make a difference, reach out to a new player or two.  Check on them, offer a bit of advice, and mostly listen to their anxieties and concerns.  That is the critical success factor to make EA grow.  We are all struggling together.  Your experience can make a difference today.  I am convinced if we all make just a small effort to encourage the new players there is no limit to what Empire Avenue can achieve.

Announcing EAV Blog-a-thon July 25-27 & Share-a-thon with voting August 1-3

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Up to 20 million eaves in individual prizes and giveaways! Total to be given away/won 100,000,000 eaves!!!

You don’t have to be a blogger to join in the fun. Help your favorite blogs by sharing on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and more! Special prizes for active sharers and influencers, as well! (And watch for news about how you can use the events to share other content, too.)  

BLOGGER RULES 

1. You must be the author.  

2. No duplicate entries will be considered.

3. Blog entries should include discussion of one or more of the following themes:

a) EAV missions give you the ability to achieve greater reach for the ‘dollar’ (eaves) and a greater audience for your content.

b) EAV’s detailed analytics, gives you a fun and easy way to spot what’s working – and what’s not.  

c)  EAV helps you connect with social media leaders…

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How do you build your Wealth on Empire Avenue ?

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There are many ways to enjoy playing Empire Avenue .

This delightful , informative video created by (e)Knikkolette Church explains how to increase your wealth and reputation on Empire Avenue

You can find more videos on the Empire Avenue wiki here

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{X]Pendapalooza FIFTEEN is this weekend

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This is the fifteenth event of its kind – a carnival of buying and spending that helps newer players dramatically improve in wealth, and older players find new investments, and allows everyone to broaden their networks.

This event is also QUITE a bit of fun! =)

JOIN XPENDAPLAOOZA HERE http://www.empireavenue.com/community/page/discuss?c=4190

There will be TWO streams open: one for those with UNDER 1,000,000 shares Outstanding (i.e., how many shares of your stock have been sold), and one for OVER 1,000,000 shares Outstanding for the more experienced players.

When [X]Pendapalooza 15 officially opens, you can post your ticker. You WILL NOT be able to post your ticker until the event actually begins. There is NO requirement right now to sign up, but you will need to be a member of this group once the event is underway.

In addition, several folks will be running [X]Pendapalooza FIFTEEN (15) specific missions in conjunction with…

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Empire Avenue is having a great June! Thanks to you!

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Yes! Empire Avenue is having a great June.

- Signups are up!
- Activity is up!
- Sales and income are also up!
- Conversations in all our communities are now focussed and being ably led by our amazing community. Be it bouquets or brickbats please keep the conversations going.

We took the decision by closing the General Discussion Community to move discussions (other than technical issues) off site into the public domain and the conversations you are ALL having have helped enormously

So thank you to the admins and leader teams who have worked so tirelessly to add some extra fun and interest to the site and helping us streamline and to how Empire Avenue operates.

We think July will be an even bigger month! We have some major server changes outlined that will involve us moving to better and more streamlined server processes. Since this will involve some…

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