Online life has been very kind
to me - I've gotten jobs and free computer
equipment, and I found my
partner and many of our friends
online - and I've always tried to give something back. For years and
years I ran XBBS, a multi-user "tree structured" discussion BBS I wrote, but
eventually the Net killed it: Out of the hundred or so people who use a
small-town BBS, there may not be even one or two people who share some particular
interest of yours, while on the Net you can find hundreds.
When I finally gave in and got on the Net, too, old habits of "paying forward" kicked in, and I find myself playing net.activist from time to time. I maintain (or at least host) some popular Web pages; run some tiny, low-volume mailing lists; and once even sponsored a couple of newsgroups (misc.education.homeschool.misc and misc.education.homeschool.christian).
|Last updated June 26, 2006|