What Makes Online Communities So Special

My fingers are actually sore from doing site updates for several online communities over the last week. There are many downsides to running online communities. It’s a financial black hole, it always needs attention, there are always security updates to do and I get my share of stalkers who a lot of time on their hands and not a lot of direction for more worthwhile pursuits.

But, there are moments that make it all worthwhile. I have a small number of strong friendships that have developed from these communities; and no matter the state of my personal life I make sure the best I can that the communities trudge on.

Today someone posted this note from one of my communities that provides free supp0rt for a serious illness. We’ve been running this for about 7 years now and it’s blossomed into a very special place. These members are somedays just fine, and other days can barely sit up to get to their computer. I was very touched by her comments, here it is:

Begin message:

So, as I am experimenting with the new site, fiddling with buttons and clicking on links, I realize that I am excited, happy, and filled with anticipation. So, for several moments of each day, I am discovering something new; both on the site and in myself. What I’ve discovered is that Conrad has not only given us a beautiful new home, but he’s filled it with so many exciting new gadgets, games, buttons, and links. In so doing, we have completely forgotten about our pain, our frustrations, our disappointments…if only for brief moments….as we “ooh” and “aaah” and “oh wow..look at this” while we are navigating our new home.

So, Conrad has given us a tool to allow us to escape from the tedious and unpleasant nature of our disease. We are lost, for hours, playing games in the arcade; or we are roaming about uploading pictures, downloading avatars, posting blogs and generally squealing and laughing as if we were children on Christmas morning.

Now, the newness and excitement may wear down, if our new home remains static. But, I know our Beloved Administrator Conrad and I can almost guarantee that static is something that will NEVER happen!

So, I want to thank Conrad for all that he has given us and also for what he did not realize that he had given us! Sweet moments of wonder, laughter, excitement and anticipation. All of which have provided us with the most wonderful moments of escape!

Thank You Conrad! Family…go out there and explore our new *website* and have lots of fun because there is lots to be had here!!

With Love & Appreciation
*Moderator at website*

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