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New Members! How Can We Make Them Feel Welcome?

It's not always easy, being the "new kid on the block" (not the singing group). I was wondering what established writers here might think about forming an informal Welcoming Committee to greet the new members of Persona Paper.

When I notice someone new has joined, I usually write a short welcome note, either on the profile or the introductory post. The problem is, I don't check frequently enough and am sure I've missed some folks.

Have you ever received a welcome on a writing site when you were new there? If so, did it make you feel a little more at home or something else?

At this stage I'm simply gathering ideas and looking for input from others. Do you have any thoughts on a Welcoming Committee or something of that nature? Would you be willing to participate?

The floor is yours now. I await your feedback. : )

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melody23 wrote on September 6, 2014, 5:57 PM

I usually try to stop by the homepage and welcome new members on the introductory posts when I see them, although I admit I haven't done any for a few days. I definitely think that a welcome is a great thing for new writers, helium had a forum with a section for new members to introduce themselves and a new member guide, but since we don't have a forum I guess that's not something we can do here. I am up for helping out with something if you come up with an idea though.

Feisty56 wrote on September 6, 2014, 6:15 PM

Great! I'm hoping others will want to join in, too. I'm not certain how we could take turns, etc., so I am open to ideas there too.

melody23 wrote on September 6, 2014, 6:23 PM

I am not too sure how it could work, but I definitely agree its something we should do. It would be good for new writers to have a contact to turn to with any questions as well but I don't know how we could do that either.

Scorpie wrote on September 6, 2014, 8:06 PM

Give them a cold beer and a cheeseburger. That always makes me feel welcome.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 6, 2014, 8:51 PM

The day I joined Bubblews, after only writing 2 or 3 posts, someone I didn't know did an introductory post on me. It made me feel so special. She became one of my favorite connections.

LynnWrites wrote on September 6, 2014, 10:05 PM

I think its a great idea, and I'd be willing to Welcome new members if I'm on. I think it helps to break the ice and get to know others. It also helps foster a feeling of community, and a strong community succeeds. I know when I came I appreciated all the Welcome comments I got and it really made the site seem friendly. &sulfolkjason did a welcome post on me which was really nice and thoughtful.

paigea wrote on September 6, 2014, 10:06 PM

I agree with Scorpie. Beer and cheeseburger - or wine. I say welcome when I notice a new poster. But I am sure I have missed most.

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 1:48 AM

I think this is best left to individual initiative. I think we need to spend more time writing a less time organizing. We should each try to check out someone new each day and read some of their work and comment on it. I think people start to feel welcome when they see coins going into their banks. I try to follow and read work of those I know will be an asset to the site with their writing. Unfortunately this whole sell-out of Squidoo to HubPages is going to take time away from many of us who would be writing more here if we had time.

suffolkjason wrote on September 9, 2014, 6:50 AM

Sorry I missed this earlier. I try to make a point of checking new members (from the members list) and connecting with anybody that seems interesting.

Shadi wrote on September 9, 2014, 3:50 PM

It would be nice to post more comments on their introduction posts.

sonu wrote on September 11, 2014, 12:32 AM

Thanks for your welcome Christy.It feels lovely when someone does that. Looking forward to a great alliance with you on PersonaPaper.Cheers:-)

Ruby3881 wrote on September 12, 2014, 2:56 AM

I don't think I've ever encountered a welcoming committee on a writing site, although I know on some sites it's quite usual to see friends of new members writing a sort of intro post that triggers the user's debut on the site.

I think welcoming newcomers might be an appropriate job for the Friends of Persona Paper, so I've suggested that we try to include that in the activities as a sort of parallel to recruitment :)

k_mccormick2 wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:41 AM

I think that when I started Bubblews I got a lot of welcomes. It was a great feeling but at the same time I felt a little like a stranger in a new place and everyone is looking at me (that is because I am shy by nature.) I think that an informal welcome is always nice even for the shy people amongst us.

Glenn wrote on November 25, 2014, 1:16 PM

Although sue to time-constraints I can't commit to being on the welcoming committee as much as I would like to. But I do check the home page daily to see who is new and I try to take the time to read what they write, and then comment with a welcome. I'll make sure to do at least one of those each day.

Feisty56 wrote on November 26, 2014, 9:57 PM

That should work nicely, Glenn. : )