See... I have replied
IMHO its better that the seniors (seniority in hobby and not IAH) don't post in each and every post. Its better to let others respond and only come into the picture when some wrong advice has been posted.
Thanks, Beta. But all this happened in a time long long ago in a Galaxy far far away.
It was time to go home. But I was loathe to turn off my monitor.
With a heavy heart I left for home. Disturbed sleep. next day I was early to my factory. But hesitant to log on to IAH. What if no one has replied to me? But I did and hallelujah . Madan had replied. Madan was my hero!. My joy knew no bounds. All was well with the world again.
Who said I was never going to post on IAH again?
But being human I started wondering after a while. Why didn't Adip and Trevor reply. Were they acting high and mighty? There is no satisfying some people!
Time went by.....
I was posting in the threads started by other people. I wanted to start my own thread. I wanted a lot of replies in my thread and I wanted it to go on for a long time.
Which one to start? Having a single, fish only aquarium I did not have much choice. I visited other sites to find out their hot topics. But it went over my head. I decided to stick to something I could understand and post. SICK FISHES! This topic never failed to get replies.
So I started a thread "ICH on my tiger sharks, Help!" Again the same anxiety. Will people post or not. Great, a reply. I eagerly opened the thread. A senior member had given a link to an earlier thread about ICH and asked me to go through it. My thread was ruined. I wanted people to post and I was given a link to a thread which I had already read. Why couldn't this senior mind his own business?
More time went by.....
I had started a couple of my own threads. People, especially other newbies were posting. This was not to my satisfaction. I wanted more seniors to post. What to do? I started logging on the threads by seniors and started appreciating each and ever one of their posts. This had the dual advantage of making them post in my threads and also increasing my post count! Two birds with one stone, you see But this also did not work well. A couple of seniors did post out of politeness, But the rest stayed away. Also the other newbies started snickering at my apple polishing Not good at all for my reputation.
Even more time went by......
I started noticing that some people(newbies) were always posting after me and in support of me. and I was reciprocating to them in the same manner. Most of these newbies were from my home town, or from my present location or we were speaking the same lingo.
There was a comfort zone here. let us call them A,B and C.I would start a thread, and then 'A' would post. After a while as the thread went down 'B' would post and bring it up and so on and so forth. But if anyone new came along we would start posting pointedly at each other and ignore him. Who is he anyway? But after a while this also failed. Since how many post can four people post in each other's thread? The threads were beginning to look like chat room
Time keeps going by anyways.....
All the above were not bearing the results. I started re-examining my motive. Was I here to create a name for myself or was it to improve my hobby? Clearly the initial motive was to improve my hobby. But looking at my name on the monitor had turned my head and I wanted more and more of the same. I was turning into a regular megalomaniac. This was not what I wanted
Joined: Nov 19, 2003 Posts: 3719 Location: Chennai
Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:54 am Post subject: Re: Anxiety of a newbie poster,namely ME!
Fantastic thread, Nayak.
Reminds all the flashback I went across, first as a newbie to the city and mainly, as I was new to online communities of any sort. I became a member somewhere towards the end of 2003, but my first (somewhat hesitant) post was almost after 6 long months, as to where would my childish comments stand among the older members. Ever since, have been logging in almost 300+ out of 365 days through various internet centres until middle of 2008.
Now that I got the internet at home, what else can I say?
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