I launched the social network Michigan Creatives today on Ning, and here is the introductory post:
Thanks for joining us. Our goal on these pages is to connect the myriad creative professionals who live and work throughout Michigan and, as a result, make this a better state for everyone. The term "creative" definitely covers a lot of territory, but we're talking artists, photographers, filmmakers, actors, writers, musicians, broadcasters, teachers, librarians, designers (Web, game, fashion, etc.), hair stylists, interior decorators, and so many others. If you're not a full-time creative -- often a tough gig to find, eh? -- no worries. We want you in the fold, because it makes us that much stronger, more visible and, we hope, better able to attract new business to and for Michigan. Oh, and let's have some fun here. In these times, that's vital.
This site is built on the Ning platform, which allows users to interact much like they do on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and other social networking venues. Take a look around, because Ning has plenty to offer. Customize your profile, set up events, add badges and widgets, post videos/photos/music, start discussions in the forum section, make new professional and personal contacts. Please remember to invite friends, family, and colleagues who, like you, have a creative vision, and a shared interest in helping spark a turnaround in the Great Lake State.
We can do this; we're Michigan Creatives. Enjoy.
Tim Pulice and Mary Potts
February 4, 2009