One of my favorite online forums to spend time in has just announced it is closing down. It's no big surprise the number of posts has been going down and the amount of spam has been going up for a long while now, but still it makes me a bit sad.
I remember back when online forums were a real big thing and had real community in them, but many of them seem to have moved to facebook groups over the last few years. I'm not a fan of facebook or they way that they process and share information so I don't take part in those.
I would like to play a part in making sure that this little community does not go down the same path and disappear because I like it here and I think it is a unique place, being specific in some ways to the Baltic region but also inclusive and talking about environmental stories from the bigger world as well.
I'm happy to be here and I hope that it will be around for a long time to come, I look forward to build the same kind of relationships here that I have on other forums in the past, with people who I now consider friends, both online and offline. Later in the year we will be making the huge jump from the US to a new life in Lithuania and the answers that I already received here to questions and thoughts about it all have helped me to feel happier about this decision.
If, like me, you enjoy this little place online then I encourage you to be an active part of it. To start discussions, take part in the ones that others start, to make suggestions about how we can make the forum better in any way.
But also to share it, to tell your friends who have similar interests and bring them to be a part of it, to help build a bright and vibrant community.
I truly look forward to getting to know all of you more and to many more exciting future discussions. 😄