New Approach to Nudism By the Young Naturists
Our new approach to nudism – We would like to announce some changes to our YNA members and followers. As you are probably well aware, we (Felicity Jones and Jordan) have been investing every waking moment of the day as well as every last penny we have in creating this wonderful nudist community of amazing people. After two and a half years, and with little support, we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish thus far.
We have been perceived as the black sheep of the nudist movement almost from day one and while there have been many people who have done whatever they could to squash our efforts, we are still here. We had hoped that the naturist movement as well as nudist businesses would welcome this new mainstream approach but we did underestimate just how un-evolved the movement was and still is.
A New Approach To Nudism at YNA
The core issues, that we are constantly faced with, are that nudist leaders and business owners:
- Don’t understand how the internet works
- Don’t believe in spending any money to attract new business
- Are afraid of the “outsiders”
- Are closed minded when it comes to innovation
- Don’t take constructive criticism well
- Can’t communicate effectively and don’t respond promptly
- Are not open-minded enough for the current way people think
- Are uncooperative and extremely secretive
- Lack the skills and willingness to learn how to reach more people
- Are not willing to actively support other businesses and collaborate
Since we simply can’t force people to change, we feel it is time for us to accept the facts. Till today, everything we have done was geared toward bringing more focus to everyone. We are sad that here, in the U.S., the main nudist organizations and businesses are not willing to truly listen and evolve the naturist movement. We will continue to work with nudist clubs and organizations, but we realize that it is not up to us to ensure their survival. There are reasons why organizations are not doing well and why clubs are seeing a diminishing number of members (especially younger ones). But we can’t force people to think long term, and we now realize that we should not even try.
So with that in mind, we have decided to do what is best for us: we will be scaling down our operation. Over the next few days / weeks we will begin to implement our new approach to nudism and YNA.
Here are some of the things you can expect to see happen:
Due to the overwhelming amount of general emails that we get, we will now be responding to the majority of them once a week. If something is urgent then please make note of that in the subject of the email. We will also be publishing content less frequently.
We will no longer be doing mostly pro-bono work for nudism related businesses. If you want us to help, then we ask that you place value on our time. Up to today, we have been spending our personal savings to drive out and speak with people. Most resorts and clubs still charged us day fees even though we were there to help them. We also have done work for people / businesses at no charge.
With that said, we will continue to offer many services at very affordable rates. The benefit of working with us is that YNA knows this niche market and we already have a substantial following and presence. As outlined on our website, we can offer help and consultation services in the following areas – website optimization, design, online marketing, social networking, blog marketing, niche marketing and outreach, event creation and promotion. We even can optimize pay per click campaigns (for Google) so that businesses will end up paying far less per click while achieving a higher ad placement. And the list goes on and on.
While our rates are a fraction of what it would cost in “outside world,” we still need to be able to make something. So we ask that you be understanding and respectful of our needs, if you do choose to work with us.
We have been getting a tremendous amount of emails mostly from the U.S., Canada, Australia and England. People really want to YNA to do things in their area. This has previously been achieved by creating chapters in different areas. Chapter leaders were responsible for blogging, organizing events regularly and maintaining various social media. The idea was actually to create self-sustaining groups that could generate their own funds and provide a source of income for whoever was in charge.
It was a lot of work, and it proved to be too much for those leaders. Aside from NY / NJ, we haven’t found people who are able and / or willing to invest the time and energy needed to cultivate a substantial following.
So, we are creating a second tier – the “YNA associate group.” The groups will be made up of one main individual who will be the group’s manager. This person will be in charge of assuming any and all responsibility for that group. While the group will receive support from YNA, the requirements will not be as demanding as they were for the chapters. The groups will basically be as active or inactive as the leader wants it to be. If people in the group want more, then it will be up to them to make their voices heard or even to take over and / or assist in the management of that said group.
Nudist Groups are expected to abide by and enforce the regulations and manner of conduct both online and offline.
Nudist Groups will receive support from YNA in the following ways:
- Access to the YNA website for publishing content – this is key to broadening the exposure of any group.
- Access to the YNA email newsletters – To inform people of what they are doing.
- YNA will use our social networks to launch the group – we will add people that we know from that area and announce the formation of the new group online.
Nudist Groups are expected to:
- Behave according to the manner of conduct that is outlined on the YNA website
- Respond to YNA when we contact them
- Inform YNA immediately of any issues that arise
- Remove any people who misbehave
We will soon begin to close down many of our other chapters, but that does not mean that we are no longer present. It just means that we are not responsible for creating the actual community nor will we be actively and aggressively seeking to develop the group’s membership and following. That is up to each and every group to decide.
Please note that YNA is a structured movement. We do have checks and balances and people can’t just do whatever they wish whenever they feel like it. The most valuable asset we have is our reputation, and that is something we are not and will not be willing to jeopardize. We have no issue with closing down any group at any time or revoking any of the privileges if we feel that it is necessary.
We will be implementing these changes in the near future, but will continue to do as much as we can to grow our YNA movement and to make a positive impact on naturism.
As always we welcome your thoughts in the comments section below.
This post about a new approach to nudism was published by – Young Naturists and Young Nudists America YNA