I've seen some people on here that seem to know each other in person. What's that like if you do? Do you back each other up with responses? Do you argue over mamapedia? Do you keep out certain info in your responses/questions? Do you somewhat change what you said cause you know that *they* will read it (can you even answer that question given the circumstances? Lol) I just wanna know.
I've been on here for about 5 years, I don't know anyone on this, but I will admit- I haven't told any of my friends about this site. I like to keep it "mine"... hence the lack of real name on here... I'm a very honest person so it isn't about lying- but maybe more so the freedom of being able to say something w/o worrying what your friends will think or say.
Thanks In advance!
I used to know one person but don't anymore. And I do know one lady who lives rather near me and she's a real peach! We met several weeks ago and I look forward to seeing her again.
I don't worry about looking or not looking at her posts and I hope she doesn't worry about that with me. Part of the reason we met is because we like each other's thought processes and grew to like each other. I like a lot of the ladies on this site, though I don't know them. I give flowers to people I agree with in part or in the entirety, whether I know them or not. I say what I believe to be true, so I don't worry about not being consistent. I live my life the way I live it and try to do my best, though like everyone else, I'm not perfect.
I don't think I would care if my friends were on this site because I'm a pretty open person with them too. Who knows - maybe they are on here and neither of us realize it!! LOL!
I don't know anyone on here ( in real life, ;) ) but I wish I did. I know of a few mamas on here that I've liked just by reading their answers. I've respected them so much just by their responses, and would be honored to know them and have them in my life. But we live in different states. ;(
Why yes I actually do know somebody on here. She's responded to this post as well! I always sent her flowers and then realized she lived close by. She is very kind hearted and reasonable and I always look for her wisdom on here. I think I mostly agree with her. Sometimes we might have a slightly different opinion but I don't really care because I like her a lot and respect what she has to say.
Other than that, I don't know anybody here. I'm still trying to figure out who recommended the site to me a few years ago. It was an e-mail thing, so it had to be somebody who knew me and my e-mail address. But I still can't figure it out.
I did recommend mampedia to a friend last year, and she checked it out but found it boring. I was like... WHAT??!! Because I'm addicted.
I actually changed my "name" when I realized I knew someone on here. And I purposely do not answer that person's questions, I don't feel comfortable since I know them through my work...and I guess I do look upon this site as "my" personal space (trying to think of a better term). If anyone asked I would tell them the web address, and I do mention it all the time. But I don't call it mamapedia! So I am not "advertising" where I get my input. Cool question!
I haven't done alot on this website but I have to say, the responses are respectful and very kind. I have been extremely impressed with how very sensitive subjects are handled. Only a few times have I read a brash answer and when I do the next responder nicely responds the the offender. It's an awesome site!
I answer to your question, I wish I did know some of these ladies in person. My mother was my best friend and the one I talked to when I needed a shoulder to cry on or ears to listen. My mom lilke everyone on here would give me her advice. My mom passed away, I am an only child, no family so I have no one to talk to other than you ladies when I need advice, guidance or just a good listener. So you can say I use this web site as my best friend. Some are great some are ok. But I have followed some of the advice I have received and it has helped me out alot. I had a best friend who has not spoken to me since she asked me if she could store a large weight machine (does not not even belong to her) and lots of boxes since she was moving from a large house to a very small house. I told her I did not have any room in our shop or garage. (We really don't) But I guess she was really not my best friend. I truly value everyone's opinion and I am so glad to have this site to go to when I need a "friend"!
I too love the anonyomity of this site too! Its like one thing that I can have that is " mine" and I don't have to share with anyone! I share all day long with my family and friends, so when I found this site, I was thrilled to have something just for me. I love helping others and this is a great outlet to do that. I don't know people physically from the site, but I do have some posters that are "friends" on here that I can count on for good advice or I have things to offer them.
I've met 2 mom from this site (one posted that she was looking for childcare and lived in the same town as I did, and really liked her! even though I've since moved, we stay in touch through FB. another one went to my Bible study). I have found it to be a very useful site, helpful, and I've enjoyed it, so of course I mention it to the ladies I talk to in my mops club, church, or some of the moms I'd go to coffee with (we all met at our childrens' mother's day out program). I wouldn't hide a site that I've enjoyed so much from people that I enjoy as well. my feeling is that if you don't want someone to know "your business", change your name or zipcode. if something is really private, i have written people a private message to answer a question "just in case" because i wanted to protect the privacy of others involved (husband or brother, since they are very private people). i don't purposely seek out someone i know to read what they post or answer, and i answer the way i would answer regardless of whether they see it or not, and again the only exception would be if something was very personal, i might answer by pm but that's really pretty rare (only 2 subjects come to mind, and they're not regarding me as much as my husband or brother. Then there are some moms that I've seen on here for years and feel like I "know" them in some ways....also, my cousin who I talk to very rarely mentioned that I should check out this site, "mamapedia", back when I was on mamasource (which is now combined and the same thing, lol). So I suppose she's on here sometimes too.
I love the anonymity of this site. It gives me the freedom to ask anything and not be judged (at least not judged by people I know).
However, in the beginning I had initially posted a picture of myself & son in the profile. But I quickly removed the pic and changed my screen name as soon as I found out my SIL uses the site too. I saw her FB comment about Mamapedia and didn't want her to ever see my questions. I want to be able ask questions about intimate issues and get advice about my husband. I didn't want her to know it was me and gossip to her mom (my MIL) or to tell the rest of the family, or my husband, etc.
I don't think she knows I use Mamapedia as I never commented on her FB post.
In fact I don't want anyone to know who I am. That way I can be completely honest in my questions and answers.
Haha, it's funny you asked this because I was debating the other day about whether or not to tell one of my co-workers about it. I decided not to name mamapedia specifically...because I too want to keep it my little secret. :) I don't know anyone on here from "real life," and no one ever told me about this site before I found it. I actually was googling something specific about pregnancy and got a hit on a forum here. I started reading more and more, and I'm hooked; AND I found a treasure trove of cyber friends. :)
I don't know anyone on here and until recently, I had my real first name and first inital of my last name and real city and state. Then I saw someone post about being stalked by a psycho on here so I changed everything so I couldn't be tracked as easy (I own an insurance agency). So until this happened, I didn't PM anyone at all. You do tend to know who the "regulars" are because you see them respond alot and kind of get to *know* them. But I don't know any in "real life".
I was given the link to mamasaurce several years ago by my grand daughters aunt from her dads side. I have never seen her post anything. I have no idea if she is still on here, or changed her name, or anythiing. Someone requested friends with me and I accepted, and all of a sudden saw the aunts name on my list of friends, and hadnt know it was there before. I guess I say what I say no matter who might read it, but then I dont talk about some situations that I dont feel are my place to share. I dont know anyone else on here altho my next door neighbor used to be all the time but got busy and says she hasnt in a long time. We talk about some questions now and then and at least she knows what Im talking about when I say "I saw this thing on mamapedia".
I do know one person on here. I avoid looking at her page or responding to her questions. I am aware that she could look at my stuff, but I don't put anything up that I would be embarrassed if she knew about. I learned long ago that if I am banking on nobody finding out, that's when someone will. Better that I keep that in mind then get sloppy and regret it later.
Two of my sisters are on here too. It doen't really make me answer questions any differently but we're really close anyway and usually agree on most things.
I have gotten to be "friends" with a couple ladies through questions they've asked or I asked and we just continued talking through PM or email, but I've never met them in person. I like how I see the most active people almost every day and wonder what they look like and how they are in real life. Some of them I feel like I know just 'cause I see them post so much! :o)
I actually got a job thru Mamapedia back when it was mamasource ... my boss and I hardly talked about it unless there was a post that one saw knowing the other would be best to answer. Honestly we really did not pay much attention to each other's posting/answering etc.
** I was a Texan last year; started as a Texan! Do not think I know anyone here though.
I don't know anyone on here, but there are many moms here that I wish I could meet. Years ago I visited a different moms board that was similar to this, and some of the moms, maybe 50 or so, branched off and started a private board. That was about 7 years ago. Now almost all of us have met at least a few other moms in person. I've met about 20. 14 of us met in Las Vegas for a girls trip a few years ago, and that was great! We're from all over the world, mostly Canada and the U.S., but one from Israel and a couple from other countries also. It has become a very close group of women. There are women here on mamasource that I look forward to reading posts from also, and wish I could know them better. Because this is a public forum, I don't post as freely as I do on the private board.
Im a texan!!!
I don't know anyone personally on here but its mine and I wanta keep it! I can talk to y'all about things I may not want a close personal opinion on. My husband got on the site and I made him get off! I don't have any girl friends, at least I have y'all!
But if there's any north texans that need a friend im here!