Wow. Thank you Richard; for allowing me to contribute to this blog, and for giving me such a cool entrance. “Popular, and active member, Duff” I swear, I did not tell him to say that. I’ve been itching to put out a little introduction to you guys, mainly thanking Richard for letting me do this, and tell you a little bit about what I planned to write about. To be honest, I really don’t have a plan, I have no idea what I’m going to write about, “I’m like a dog chasing after cars, I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it.” But when I saw the post looking for new bloggers I knew I had to jump at the opportunity, because as Richard said, I like to be very active around here. So that is what I will be talking about in my first blog post.
What draws us all into this community? For me, it was the Audiobook project, which is always looking for new contributors. (plug #1) I’ve always been interested in being a part of something, being active in a community. I think that is what really changed things for a lot of the members of THIS forum, THIS community. For some of us (myself included) this was your first ever forum, for others, it was your hundredth. What kept many of us here is a sense of belonging, of camaraderie. If you ask my fellow RAFcasters, the first episode of which can be listened to on our youtube site (plug #2), this was just another forum until we started working together, sharing our ideas and putting out something that we are really proud of. The members of our old roleplay, Operation MAAS (no plug, this has been dead for quite awhile), will agree that they were just a part of a faceless forum until we all became truly good friends through the experience.
What I’m trying to say is this; this forum, this community, can be so much more than an internet site if you get out there and be as active as possible. Still trying to find your place around here? Join a roleplay, the audiobooks, the video project, wikiraf, the ebooks, or start up a project of your own, but GET ACTIVE. You’ll meet some great friends that will stay with you for as long as you’re here at RAF, and you’ll have a great time.