As you may have heard a million times, I participated in the Charlotte Milemadness Seminar this past weekend.
While attending, I paid special attention to the presentation given by Marathon Man about how to be a good steward of MS. As he was speaking, I thought it would be really cool to create a place where people who MS can come together and chat openly about what they are doing without fear of having their information broadcasted in bold letters. You may think that there is a place for that already but i’m trying to go in another direction away from where everyone, even those who know nothing about MS have access to information. Throughout the day, I heard from a ton of people who asked me where they could find a place other than seminars to discuss MS. It immediately clicked in my head and I finally think I got it!
I admit, I am not perfect and have often times said a lot more than I should’ve. One thing I took away from the presentation is that people make mistakes sometimes and it’s ok. Marathon Man himself described a few events that occurred with him and revealing things to the general public. In addition, he spoke very wisely of ways to take care of our hobby.
I am not creating this group to shun people from learning about MS. Instead i’m making something to foster the discussion of MS and gain data points as to what works and what doesn’t.
There are no set requirements but at the same time, I will leave it to the reader to decide whether they know enough about MS to join. All I ask is for me to be able to trust you enough to not blab about what you see inside this group. It’s important to build this trust from the beginning so that we can have a healthy environment where everyone can share. I understand that this is hard to do from the beginning and even harder to do when I don’t know everyone but you’ll have to “trust” me.
This is a private group and access to it will be decided on by the moderators and members eventually. There will be a few people who unfortunately will not be able to join because of their prior history with blatantly “outing” things that the overall MS community didn’t want them to.
I have just created this group and have not had the chance to add to it as of yet. However, it is a discussion forum and anyone who has access to it can add a post! I would like to add that the forum will be 100% Flame Free. Anyone being rude and obnoxious will be thrown out.
If you would like to join this “beta” group of MS junkies, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Twitter. Please include your name, what state you’re in and why you want to join! If you have a twitter handle, be sure to include that too!
Again, this is one of my first steps on being a good steward of MS. I hope that these small things can help others learn about this amazing hobby of ours in a responsible manner. It sounds so weird when I type it but it really is a hobby to some of us and a livelihood to many people as well.
People might wonder whether this means that I will not be blogging about MS anymore. That is not the case at all and I do still plan to blog about MS. This is just a way to discuss in more detail and depth what MS is all about and the different ideas some might have to maximize!