Hmmm. Just got news from Autumn that I'm quite high up in the WB ranking. That's nice. I'm sitting here in front of the keyboard, type the hell out of my hands, have a cigarette burning away and a can of beer beside me. And I'm feeling honored. Why ? It's only a website. But a different one.
I think of when I started here almost 3 years ago. I can't remember exactly how I came here, but I did. First I thought, well, ok. This is an English-speaking site, mainly Americans, how will that work ? I thought I wouldn't be noticed really, but, hey, I was wrong. I noticed that the bulk of articles dealt with US issues, quite normal because it's a US site, so .... might get some other color in it.
And since my views of the US are not always....erm.....favorable concerning US foreign policy I thought I might give it a go and unnerve some of the "land of freedom and democracy hailers" ;-)
I thought as a Swiss I could handle that, because we're almost neutral....and I heard that banks-and-chocolate stuff all my life so it goes in one ear and quits out the other. I started to notice I was repeating myself quite often - my POV stays, but the audience changes. Not really something to make a mark, is it ? Like preaching in a church to an ever changing herd of sheep. No deep down it goes.
But to my surprise - I made friends here, some of them I met and some of them I'm still in contact with. Something that would never happen on FB or LI, because there's no room to get to know people (as far as this is possible on the net, anyway) really.
But I did and still do profit a lot. When I started, my English was ok, even quite good, but it improved A LOT since then, thanks to you guys. I will certainly profit from that when we'll have our first anglophone client. In case he asks me where I got my English from, I'll say from my travels and from WB.
So - whatever you think about this site - you won't find a better one in the niche of free talk and POV exchange which allows more than 160 or 500 characters (as in LI) in comments. And that fact should be valued a lot, Because of this we know each other so well - or we think at least. You'll never know your wife or husband to a 100%, and here you might get to about 50%....
Thanks Autumn - and thanks to you guys. And maybe the one or the other might meet in person. This would be the ultimate success for a SOCIAL website.