Hello from the Port of Tampa!
Later on today, I’ll be headed out to sea on The Rock Boat X.? For those of you who aren’t aware, I work for Sixthman, a company that specializes in producing floating music festivals.? It’s one of the best jobs in the world, and I am a lucky s.o.b.? If you’re interested in following our adventures at sea, you can read about it (starting with my post Friday morning) on Sixthman.net/blog.
While I’m out slaving away on a cruise ship in the Caribbean (w00t!), I wanted to get your opinion on something.? After seeing the great success and awesome community that has formed over on Art of Manliness, I’m considering creating a message board section of Nerd Fitness.? This will be a place where the NF Community (temporary name until we decide on a bad-ass one) to interact with each other, ask questions, post success stories, and really get to know each other.
I’ve gotten a chance to know most of you through email, but I want you all to get to know each other. I know a giant supportive community can/will make us all better people: pick us up when we’re down, encourage us when motivation is lacking, and push us all to level up our lives every day.
However, there’s an ugly side of message boards that I’m familiar with too: trolls, spam, stupid fighting over useless ****, name-calling, and sometimes an unwelcome vibe towards newbies and outsiders from the long-timers.? These are the things that make me scared to start a message board.
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. I also want to know if this is something you’d actually consider joining.? If you’re reading this, and you have some opinions on message boards, please leave a comment below.? What I want to know:
- If you’re interested in joining a message board
- If you have suggestions on how to keep the community tight but inviting
- Suggestions on how to keep out the trolls
- If you’d be interested in beta-testing the boards
- Your experiences with message boards in general.
I’ll take the number of comments I get as a rough estimate of people who’d want to help get this community started, so please just leave a quick comment if you have any interest.? I think a few dozen passionate posters is more than enough to get things off the ground, so I’m interested to hear what you have to say.
Peace out, it’s Rock Boat time!