It's hard to know where and how to reach people who might be interested in my musings and ramblings. Maybe it's time to get a video camera and do a spot or two on YouTube? Or maybe podcasting is about to explode, and I should get with that aspect of online life.
The original flatback forum that eight of us established 15 years ago (after Listserv-type scoliosis groups gave us perpetual grief about mentioning or discussing flatback syndrome in public--a moderator or two went so far as to censor any any post on the subject) seems to fall into periodic disuse, even though loyal old-timers still urge me not to drop it. I do believe the "Feisty Forum" was a helpful resource to its members over the years, but right now things aren't exactly hopping over there. We got lots of requests to move to Facebook, and we tried very hard to oblige, but our satellite Facebook group attracted some real attention-hoggers. One member in particular wanted only to rant about the evil acts and foul intentions of spinal surgeons -- ALL spinal surgeons -- and the Facebook format made it very difficult for anyone else to get a word in edgewise. Eventually we decided to return most of our energies to our Yahoo Groups site. Some of us aren't too happy with Yahoo's new "neo" format, but so far no viable alternative comes to mind.
I was moved to write a Thanksgiving post to the Yahoo Group yesterday, but then I thought better of publishing it, at least at that site. Rather than letting it languish in my Drafts folder, I'll reproduce it here: