A New Challenge for Everyone
In my last post, http://www.personapaper.com/article/27704-i-think-the-fopp-challenge-is-losing-steam , I received many comments from those who had never heard of FOPP and who did not know Jason, its founder. Here is a link to the original challenge: http://www.personapaper.com/article/10776-friends-of-persona-paper---the-launch. It was first proposed by suffolkjason (also his Twitter handle) who joined this site on August 9, 2014. We have worked on some of the same sites in the past and two of them, Squidoo and Zurker, are no more.
Now Jason himself has been missing from Persona Paper since his last post on September 30, except to log in. When you consider that he had four pages of posts since his join date on August 9, you can see he had been very active. Then, suddenly, no activity except to log in every few days. This shows me he has not lost interest, or he would not make a point of seeing that he is logged in to maintain his active status.
For a very long time there was no activity on his Twitter account either. There is a gap between his October 1 tweet and his January 25 tweet I just tweeted him this: "Jason, where are you? PP misses you. You log in, you tweet. Other than that you are invisible. Some news of you, please?" He has not answered a previous tweet or the email I sent a couple of months ago but he wasn't tweeting himself then either. You can tweet him at suffolkjason and let him know you're hoping he'll be back soon, or whatever. I suspect he may not be well enough to be at a computer much. Sometimes health issues happen without warning. I see he's still interested in British politics.
Meanwhile, Jason has written many great posts about PP here. I suggest those who have joined since September go to his profile and read the ones with tips about Persona Paper. It's also a good way to meet Jason and see the hope he had for this site and his spirit in promoting it.
But the question still remains. What has happened to Jason? Why don't we see more of him? What could have happened to him? I suspect he may be reading some of our posts, even though something may keep him from commenting. Why not entertain him if he's reading? So here is a two-fold challenge. Some will be better at Part 1 and some will do better at Part 2.
Part 1: Write your own imaginative post to answer the question, 'Where's Jason?” or “What happened to Jason?” Story, poem, essay, whatever you are best at. Use the hash tag WhereisJason when you post. And please mention me as well so that I don't miss any.
Part 2: Let's show Jason some Persona Paper love. With no new posts and comments, Jason's bank here must be in terrible shape. If you joined after September 15, you've missed a lot of Jason's posts. If you joined since September 30, you've missed all of them. Many of them are evergreen and of general interest. Many include tips on how to be successful here. Whatever happened to Jason, he did a lot to raise awareness of this site and he promoted it and rallied all of us to action with his challenge. If he didn't care about his bank he wouldn't find a way to keep logging in.
So, let's raise his bank. As of today he has 3056 coins. Had he not disappeared and had he been able to keep his usual pace of activity here, he would have cashed out by now. Let' see if we can double what's in his bank by April 30. How? If everyone who has not read Jason's posts would visit his profile and read all the ones that sound interesting to you and leave a comment (without expecting an answer), his bank would go up and so would yours.
If you read any post you really like that is evergreen, promote it on any social media you are posting to. If you tweet, do what I did and mention him in the tweet so he'll know you are helping him. For example, I read his post on blogging success and I tweeted out “Is this the key to blogging success? http://ow.ly/KGWCz @ suffolkjason “ Doing this not only lets Jason know we want to support him, but it also makes it easy for him to promote, too, since he can obviously re tweet. If you use the Persona Paper button to tweet, be sure to add the mention for Jason. A quick way to re tweet Jason's posts is to visit his Twitter profile and scroll down below October 1. He tweeted out almost all his PP evergreen posts there. Pick a few and re tweet them, but not all at once or even on the same day. Modify them a bit if you use Hootsuite or Buffer. (If you do this, use MT, for modified tweet, instead of RT which should be exact.) The idea is to get the posts out into Twitterland and get people to read them.
Facebook, tsu, Google+, and other networking sites you may belong to are also good places to share if you don't tweet, and even if you do. For the next 30 days, let's try to read at least one of Jason's posts and if it's one we especially like, promote it on social media. We really ought to be doing that with any post we like here, as well, not just our own. Just don't tweet the same post yourself more than once every three days.
I hope everyone will pick one or both of these challenge parts so we can can speculate on the whereabouts of Jason while, at the same time, helping both him, ourselves, and Persona Paper.
What do you think? Who's up for one or both parts to this challenge?
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