Hey @Dan, I do get what you are saying, but I still think things are going just fine.
Your example of work is a good one, and crucial not to forget. But the infrastructure needs to evolve more and the products need polishing, before a professional marketing effort can be set up. Laudney has also made his views on this clear. First we need a great product, then comes marketing.
Let’s get the product working first. Once a good product exists, marketing is a vital part of any business.
We also need a professional foundation, for which Reddcoin Ltd was set up. http://bit.ly/1J7cNWZ
I know it may seem like a small thing, but I believe very strongly that community members can make a big difference simply by building up their own personal social media network so as to be ready for the 2nd gen tip platform. http://bit.ly/1BDXDYv
It appears to me that the cryptocurrency community will continue to go through a depressed period for the time being. What is happening now is that we are heading towards a turning point where the ratio of people involved because they actually enjoy the communities and projects, and can see real-life potential for these projects, is increasing in comparison with those who are in it primarily for speculative purposes. As the tipping point is reached these communities will see increased membership and activity. Perhaps this is already starting to happen.
As a last note, I used to think that Bitcoin was a kind of viral phenomenon, but after making even only half an effort to understand it I began to understand quickly that it is not. With its complex nature, its user-unfriendly nature (for the time being at least) and its “dangers” (amplified by the media) how on earth could it be? I do think the crypto projects with dedicated teams and good communities will find success, but everyone should be prepared to look at the bigger picture and try to think in longer time frames when it comes to wider adoption.