I think I reached a certain level of interaction and activity which demands new tools. DragosRoua.com has an average of 100.000 unique visitors monthly and many of them are more than just visitors. Not only they leave comments on the blog, but they also send me emails or engage with me on social media.
At this point, I feel like the blog isn’t enough for this. So I started to wonder if launching a forum wouldn’t be a good addition to what is already here (more than 700 articles on self improvement, that is). And, to make a long story short, this is exactly what I did. I will leave the technical details out, and just tell you that the forums are up and ready, go check them out. There is also a new link on the site menu which will always point you in the right direction.
What I Expect From This?
More interaction, more stories, more experiences, many new people entering into my life. Since I embarked on this journey, exactly 3 years ago, I had no idea this blog will have such an enormous impact on my life. Don’t get me wrong, I do know how to set great expectations, but even these expectations proved to be really small compared with what happened.
I met real people all around the world, from New Zealand to Japan, from Las Vegas to Thailand. I am constantly engaged in new and exciting projects. I make a living as a digital nomad. And this is only the visible part ;).
But I know it can be even more than that. So this where the forum came in. Having and running a forum is a big thing, though. I know, because I had and ran forums before. As part of my network of websites I had two of the most visited forums in Romania, one about cars, with more than 100.000 members, and the other one about recipes, with more than 25.000 members (but more than 400.000 posts – I guess women are a bit more talkative than men 😉 ). So this thing will surely add more stuff to do on my agenda, but I’m ready to take it in.
How To Use The Forums
Well, like any other forum on the internet, this one has rules too. I won’t repeat myself here, because there is a pinned post on top of each forum, which will give you an idea about the rules and netiquette. If you want to promote your stuff, feel free to do it in your signature, but don’t overdo it. You don’t like flashlights in your face, so you know what I mean.
If you write, write things that are on topic. Respond, engage, but avoid trolling. I don’t like trolls. They’re boring.
Unless it’s really violent and rude, ranting, as a form of expressing personal concepts, is tolerated. But not much. If you overdo it, you will be kicked out.
Well, I think that’s it.
Let’s chat. 🙂
Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner
The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”
And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.
Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.
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