I have been reading this board and have been a member of the ISGB for a few years now. It is disturbing to see how this forum has lost so many of its experienced members for one reason or another. I feel the loss of these members who have a vast knowledge base of bead making has affected this board severely. I read the board every day sometimes more. What I have read is that if one can not promote oneself they feel wronged or insulted and stop posting completely, this has happed many times in the past and thatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s just wrong. Just being involved will do that for you. And others just feel its a waste of time and energy.
So now you might be thinking Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“well Jan you stop posting here toĂ˘â‚¬Âť your right I had stopped. For me the board was so argumentative and many seemed to be sensitive to a few words that did not pertain to them or the subject or they felt they needed to protect some one or just wanted to argue because they had nothing better to do that night Then when you would try to give information some one with less experience and knowledge would try to disagree and point out that so and so said it this way and that person might have had 2 months more experience on the torch then they had. So it became impossible to offer any information that might help or say anything in fear that some one would take it the wrong way. Now donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t get me wrong and I know many of you already have I am not against any new bead maker, I want to be supportive to the new bead maker its just difficult at times. We are not just here for the new bead maker, we are also here for the seasoned bead maker. I feel if all of you who used to post and offer help to the bead maker who is having trouble with a specific technique, you need to start posting again you post on other boards. If you donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t come back home then why even be a member. Our ISGB forum depends on your participation and involvement on the forum, that is what it is all about. Helping each other, being there for the support of our art. Please all of you come back. And to those who do post now can you please try to talk more about glass than personal problems, loss of ebay sales, how terrible either gender is and just how horrible life is. Email each other if you need to talk about all of that. Its become a soap opera of certain members life's. I think we all need to get back to the goals here and that is making beads.
thanks for listening Jan