Hey Nikki Christina!
I just wanted to let you know that when you first joined, I kept seeing this new name around and one time clicked on your sig links. I looked at every single pic, LOL, and even read the info about your son's condition, which was so interesting to me since I'd never heard about it before. I signed your guest book (and said I'd linked from here), but it didn't show up right away, so I don't know if it went in.
That, to me, is the essence of this entire community. I have a pic in my mind of NC (and Darshani, and several others whose sites I've visited but maybe I've never said anything to them) and an idea of her daily life. Why? B/c she was around regularly and I wanted to get to "know" her better. I really don't feel that's being exclusive - it's just reality, I saw her more often and she had a link, LOL. I post in other places (less regularly) and there are definitely close knit people in the other forums, too. No prob! I post in Spirituality until the thread gets pulled or I need to cool down, LOL, I post in TAO when I feel like being "chatty," I post in toddlers when I need info, and I used to post in PPD - need to do that more. But yeah, there's definitely a hierarchy in every forum - and sometimes you DO feel ignored. So, while each forum doesn't feel that way itself, it does when you're a "visitor," KWIM?
I actually make a special effort to check out the posts that have few replies.
I'm glad when people take the time at other forums to make me feel welcome. But, often I don't - I posted a thread a couple weeks ago in a "new" to me forum and it has ONE reply. So, what I'm saying is, we may feel like we're being welcoming, but apparently we're not (and I say "we" as the entire board, not just this forum). We need to make an EXTRA effort when new people post!
I love this forum - it keeps me busy just looking through the interesting threads here. But we DO have other interests - this has inspired me to check out PPD some more.
And irishmommy - I remember you welcomed me when I first joined the boards - thank you, not a whole lot of people did, and I was confused until I saw not everybody sees every post. LOL! Hardly! But that did make me feel welcome - you're doing important work, b/c I often see you post there.
This is becoming really long, but I just wanted to add that I have 3 IRL penpals from a thread posted in TAO a year ago. These ladies RARELY post in the same forums I do but it's such a delight to see them around and PM them when they're online. I've met another mama IRL from the Meet My Tribe section. It's fun to branch out, but it's fun, too, to have a "home" forum. Let's just make an effort to watch for the newbies, the threads with few replies, and keep things on topic, as well as checking out the threads our friends posted on.
Off to check out who got some fluffy mail
, and see if there's a recent penpal thread in TAO...