Do you Chat on Forums?

by Janice

Blogging is all consuming I know, but I was wondering if any of you visit forums too?

The first forum I visited, long before I began to work online, was a forum in Tracy Hogg’s Baby Whisperer website. (I went to see if it was still active even after Tracy’s passing and it is.)

I was using the Baby Whisperer Book with my infant son. Exhausted and overwhelmed with the new world of parenting, I stumbled onto her site. The ladies on the forum, other moms with young children, were so helpful and encouraging. I remember retreating to the site late at night and finding comfort as well as helpful advice about how to get my nine-month-old son to sleep through the night. (He just wanted to nurse all night and I just wanted to get some sleep!)

Recently, I began chatting again on some forums.

My favourite forum right now is on Child Avenue http://www.childavenue.com/forum/ . It is a relatively small forum, which I like because you can get to know all the regulars really well.

I also visit another forum on Home with the Kids. This is also a small board and includes a lot of work at home moms.

I am new to Scrapbook.com, but I love it. They have a very active forum for scrapbookers. (I am so busy, I don’t get there as often as I would like.) If you are a scrapbooker, check it out and don’t forget to add me as a friend!

So do you chat and where? We would love to hear about where you like to hang out.



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1 Maria April 24, 2006 at 5:02 pm

My absolute favorite fourm is the one at WomenAtHome (www.womenathome.us) you can find me there most any day.

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2 kelly jeanie April 25, 2006 at 7:50 am

I don’t very much, as I have a hard time keeping up. Forums move so fast, it seems like you have to invest a lot of time into them to stay active. However, I do like http://www.mtchat.com, as I’m a medical transcriptionist and that’s the best place for us MTs to congregate that I’ve found. I’m checking out the other sites you’ve listed, thanks!

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3 Leah April 25, 2006 at 10:28 pm

I started using message boards and forums when my son was born too. He’s now 7 and some of my best friends I have met this way. One of the forums was shut down and I can’t remember the name, but it was for Oct 98 babies. Our conversations have changed from parenting support to almost anything and we know we can always count on each other for pretty much anything. We now have a private group, but if it wasn’t for forums we would have never met. It’s also the reason why I wanted to create the forums on http://www.childavenue.com

I also post on other non parenting message boards that are more hobby/music related.

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4 Scarey April 26, 2006 at 12:40 am

I recently joined a new forum called http://www.momstalkforum.com it is really good. Check it out.

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5 Janna April 26, 2006 at 6:29 am

I’ve tried participating in a forum late last year but had trouble keeping up because I didn’t come back to it enough. It’s hard enough for me keeping up with everyone’s blogs.

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6 Chaotic Mom April 26, 2006 at 1:09 pm

Oooh! I USED to spend a lot of time at http://www.thenewhomemaker.com. Absolutely LOVE their forums and other places to hang out. Wonderful people. I’ve been keeping in touch with some of the same gals for over four years now. ;)

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