I do think it's time for a change and this would be a great one. When I started the Koffee Klatch eons ago...lol... it was something new for not only this forum but for Healing Well in general. It has been a success and when you took it over you added such a wonderful sparkle to it all.
One thing all of us do need to remember is the focus of Healing Well. This is a support forum; a place where we not only come to get information and compassion but to give in return. There was a time when 'off topic' posts weren't appropriate but as Healing Well has grown and changed over the years we've all found that chatting about
something non-health related is refreshing and comforting at times. It reminds us we are normal, every day people with the same needs and desires as others. We are 'People'! , we are NOT a disease. Some days it may not feel that way and that's when coming here is so helpful...at least for me it is. I find comfort in helping others as I've been helped in the past.
One other thing to remember is that we have limitations on the space we use. This is why we don't have tons of 'stickies' at the top of other forums. Sherrine and I, who both work in the Fibromyalgia forum, are the ones who started the "101" stickies with the approval of the owner/admin. Other forums enjoyed adding it to their pages and it's now a very useful item. They do take up more space, though, and since there's no money tree growing near by we have to use the boards as efficiently as possible.
If anyone has trouble finding a topic they of interest on Healing Well you will find good success with the 'Google Custom Search" at the top-right hand area of the page...right under "Join Healing Well" tab. This search feature is so much better than the older one and you shouldn't have any trouble finding what you need. If you still can't find something then start a new post and ask either for help and/or for other topics that might be on the site.
Dani...you do an amazing job in here!! I have no idea how you deal with all of the maladies in your life, your husband, 2 "Bumble Bees" and all of the other commitments you have..PLUS do all of this on Healing Well. Being a moderator isn't glamorous. It's rewarding but can be very tiring. But if you ask anyone who volunteers as a mod if they regret doing it...you will always get a resounding "NO...I love it!"
As usual this was going to be short...lol and I often end up writing a missive. Time to get a few things done before it's bed time and then off to a cozy bed and a good book. Hmmm, tonight is more of a favorite book...The Missing Manual series. If you ever wish a software program came with a great manual then this is for you. The one I'm on right now is "Photoshop Elements 6 - The Missing Manual". I buy used copies on Amazon or some place similar. No way will I pay full price for a book...if I can help it anyway. ( I looovvveee books!) Next will be the one for Photoshop CS5! Ya, this is what I read for run and relaxation. Beats the botany books I often take to the beach. (My own mother one told me I was boring and stuffy...lol Mom didn't know 'everything')
Moderator on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain forums
Daily Donnybrook: Fibromyalgia, Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Ulcerative Colitis, Rare form of Dermatitis, Collapsed Disk, Osteoarthritis (especially in right hand and neck) and a couple of other adjunct agitations.
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