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Post by Compostwoman on 12th March 2010, 10:31 am

Would it be an idea to have a more detailed introduction thread? So members can say a bit more about what we do, where/how we live etc?

Obviously would need to keep safety in mind, but it would be nice to know a bit more about folk, maybe?
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Post by Adrian on 12th March 2010, 10:44 am

Do you mean personal introductions?

I suspect that the relative anonymity is quite important to most forum users, I mean most of us loosely know who the others really are, we are Facebook friends after all, but I have no objections if people want to do that.

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th March 2010, 10:49 am

I just mean't a thread with a bit more info that goes into the general "hello" thread, if people wanted to elaborate more about their life or their skills?
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Post by Adrian on 12th March 2010, 10:56 am

I think that would be a good idea if enough folk want to do it.

I think that a thread per person - sort of ' Hullo, I'm Compost woman" and then a bio. Not a bad idea. So long as no contact details are made public, I'm good with that.

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th March 2010, 10:58 am

Ok, where would you like it to go?
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Post by Adrian on 12th March 2010, 11:02 am

let me have a think, I need coffee and breakfast noms

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Post by Guest on 12th March 2010, 11:27 am

Interesting. I was going to post something about "me" in the Breakroom just so the team knew me better as I'm not your facebook friend and I am not old time INEBG.
I was looking at the privacy of the moderators side to explain more but I suppose we should be able to declare a public profile that may encourage people to understand what makes up this community.
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Post by polgara on 12th March 2010, 3:29 pm

Good idea CW, that way people would realise that we are just normal everyday people doing normal things.
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Post by Compostwoman on 12th March 2010, 3:31 pm

Well when Badger does his stuff etc...I will post up an intro to me...
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Post by Dandelion on 12th March 2010, 7:45 pm

Sounds like a good idea
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Post by Guest on 14th March 2010, 3:29 pm

Read your one Badger as the ground breaker.
Would it not be more to the point to have bits about what you do then personnal bits? I mean things like I think you have a water catchment system. Do you grow much of your own food? What makes you want to have the slow life or what ever? That is a few more key words that say's this guy is doing some of the things I want to do.....??? Question
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Post by Adrian on 14th March 2010, 3:44 pm

I understand your point Zoe, and I do rather hope that as/if each person writes a personal info thread that they would develop, blog like into more detail with more posts than just the initial one. But that is up to anyone who chooses to get involved with this section.

The idea is that it is a personal introduction to give members here more of an intimate insight into their fellow forumers and that any information given is relevant.

I'm also pretty aware that in some cases there is a fine line between sharing details and bragging. I have a pretty awesome life, land, freedom and can do pretty much what I want. My life is not what everyone can or would want to achieve and I certainly don't want to rub it in the faces of people who may want what I have, but cannot have it.

I wrote mine at 5am after being bodyslammed awake by the puppy and to be honest wrote it more as a leading the way example for others who were keen on the concept than any driving need to discuss my life.

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Post by Hairyloon on 14th March 2010, 4:48 pm

polgara wrote:Good idea CW, that way people would realise that we are just normal everyday people doing normal things.
Speak for yourself. Wink
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Post by seileasdar on 14th March 2010, 5:25 pm

Badger wrote:Do you mean personal introductions?

I suspect that the relative anonymity is quite important to most forum users, I mean most of us loosely know who the others really are, we are Facebook friends after all, but I have no objections if people want to do that.

Just practice safe interwebs..

I cherish that people don't know everything about me,
same reason I am not on Facebook.
And my life is not that exciting anyhow that I would like to talk about it in more depth and length.
So please excuse my while I am not going to introduce myself in more length.
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Post by Guest on 14th March 2010, 5:35 pm

Badger wrote:
I'm also pretty aware that in some cases there is a fine line between sharing details and bragging. I have a pretty awesome life, land, freedom and can do pretty much what I want. My life is not what everyone can or would want to achieve and I certainly don't want to rub it in the faces of people who may want what I have, but cannot have it.

I can see you point there. It is in fact why I keep quiet about what I have and do...but I know that people want to see "leaders" in the field. Like Mike Abbott and Ben Law, are we not just glad they have their woods? It inspired me not to just say "oh well can't do that"...you'll see what I mean when I right my profile! I know who has helped me on my path...but they don't. I think there has to be a “by example” with a helping hand to say you can do this in you back yard too or even take the plunge and experience a different way to live. I think we are seeking people who are questioning their lifestyles so we need to catch them as they search for inspiration.
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Post by Compostwoman on 14th March 2010, 8:08 pm

I've posted up a cut down version of what I put up somewhere else...it leaves out some of the more philosophical bits of my journey..
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Post by Compostwoman on 15th March 2010, 11:09 am

Hmm on thinking about it a bit more....I agree with Badger about the risk of appearing to "brag" about
land owned, lifestyle etc though..but its difficult to say what you do and why, if you don't spell out a little bit what your "assets" are to do it with... [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

CM and I do, what we do, because we worked and saved for a long time and had the funds to buy the place....and yes we have the comfort zone of a work pension and some earnings to do what we
do...if the crops fail we won't starve, although we would feel it in our wallets....

But realistically we actually needed not just the funds but ongoing wealth to maintain the house and grounds, fences, etc etc ...which we never had...so we end up running around trying to
maintain the place..which can get hard work!

and with any livestock you HAVE to keep on doing it...you can't just go off for the weekend on a whim, if you want to eat, you have to go and dig the ground even when you feel ill, unwilling, too busy etc...

So I guess the down sides to a "rural idyll" are also worth pointing out....

maybe a thread on that would be a good idea as well.... "the harsh realities of smallholding"
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Post by Guest on 15th March 2010, 12:32 pm

I agree with CW. I have often said its hard work in paradise...
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