I go to a couple of message boards, but the main one I use is Country Living. For the most part it's a pleasant group of folks, although every once in awhile a personality clash might rear its ugly head.
On message boards, as in chat rooms, it is easy to be misunderstood: Something you hear in your head as spoken, somehow doesn't come out the same in type; and that can get you in trouble.
Once in a while a person will be accused of "hogging" the board, so I got leery of typing too much on any subject. But I had things to say. LOTS of things.
That's when I discovered journals. I can expound all I want to on subjects that people might not want to read about on message boards. If I bore them, they need not read it. They don't even have to return to my journal, ever.
I've recommended journaling to some of my message board friends who are great story-tellers. I've added them to my "favorite journals" on the left, but I'll pimp their journals in this entry, simply because I want to get them off to a good start.
The first one to join me in J-Land was Fernan, with Fernan's Farm Report. He's a farmer, and has plenty of tales about "his girls". (His shorthorn cows.) He's sort of an ornery old coot, but he grows on you.
Then came Kelly from Georgia, who felt her chicken stories weren't always welcome on the message board. She's made a good start at blogging.
And today, we have a new addition from the message board. Meet Mel. You're going to love her stories over at Mel's Chronicles.