Thanks to all those who are helping to spread the word on MW*C in a positive way!
Please also remember, it is too early to mourn. We are not dead, just endangered.
Thanks also to those who have been brainstorming ideas and suggestions. We have always welcomed good, practical, constructive ideas and implement them when appropriate and possible. We are not inflexible or unwilling to try new things, as we have demonstrated over the years (changing hotels, incorporating new fandoms, adding the Game Room, numerous modifications of the hotel reservation process, redesigning the MW*C website, adding a blog, etc.).
Our immediate concern is, of course, to gain enough members so as not to have to cancel or postpone MW*C 38 in the small window we have to avoid huge penalties. Specific ideas on how to do that are needed. Ideas concerning alternate locations, reorganization, etc. are premature at this point.
Members also may not be aware of some of the things we already do.
We have long been willing to exchange program book ads, tables, or at least send flyers to other cons (to reach actual congoers). We have the MW*C website and blog. We are listed on every online con listing we can find, and have long been listed in Asimov’s monthly upcoming con listings. We post in several FB convention and cosplay groups. We have contacted various MSU student organizations. We have gone to what local events we can to promote MW*C, and distributed flyers at local bookstores.
We do social media. We have long had a presence on Facebook (an organization page, event pages each year, more recently a Fan Q page, a Masquerade page, a Fan Fund page, etc.), and, again, post on several FB groups; Programming has long been on Yahoo Groups and Twitter. Obviously, we can’t be on all of them — it seems like a new one pops up every day (if anyone familiar with other social media outlets would like to volunteer, please let us know).
And, of course, shame on those who persist in posting negative comments, dredging up old grudges and complaints, perpetuating the same tired old misrepresentations, and harping on problems long solved. We hope that some such postings are not intentionally malicious, and that those people will realize that such comments only serve to scare away prospective members and hurt everyone who wants MW*C to continue.
We are sorry for any contentiousness, hurt feelings, or offense over the many years we have been doing this, and hope we can all just move forward toward the common goal of revitalizing MW*C. We appreciate the passion and friendship of MW*C members.
Again, thanks to all those who are helping to spread the word on MW*C in a positive way!
— Lori & Gordon