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Thank You

Posted by Giulia Champion Feb 12, 2017

It was a treat to ride the train yesterday and see all your lovely congratulations, and to receive the kind messages and celebratory badges I did.  Big milestones never get boring.   And with a group of wonderful people, such as YOU ALL, it just makes the celebration more rich.  I wish you all 4,000 days of freedom and more!  




Giulia's Message Board

Posted by Giulia Champion Feb 9, 2017

(This is an experiment.)  Think of this blog as a message board on the old platform.  If you want to leave an open message, that everybody can see (and snoop!) as we did before - why not do it this way.  We each can copy the link or bookmark it to each person's "Message Board" Blog.  If we are all consistent in our titles "Username's Message Board" then we could easily search for that specific blog and visit any time we want and leave replies.  AND, as I believe there is no limit to the threading - you never have any comments that will drop off.


Just a passing thought..... 


Some Loss, Some Gain

Posted by Giulia Champion Feb 9, 2017

It's interesting... a lot of us older member who have been together on the Elgg platform feel a sense of "loss" in, I guess I'd call it - intimacy.  As someone said SOMEWHERE today, although the message boards were not private, there was a sense of intimacy expressed by posting on someone's message board.  And for me it was kind of special to go to that person's page and express something that not only THEY would see, but someone else might see and be curious about.  And I learned a lot about what was going on with that member and others, because I could see what someone else had posted.  It  might have been something like "I'm sorry you're having such a hard time," or, "that sounds like it was neat experience," or "I had the same experience..."  just something I might not have known otherwise or missed reading in a blog.  OR perhaps it wasn't shared in a blog but was exchanged personally in PMs but was brought to light by the simple phrase of another member saying "I hear you."  I wanted to know that they "heard."  So I'd go to the other's member's board to see if I could find out.  Sometimes I'd  deliberately go to someone's page to say something that another member might just happen to see IF they stopped by that person's message board.  Well, not so much deliberately, but shall I say "with an awareness" that others who happened by would see it.  That kind of communication is very subtle, in that only people who drop by that particular message board will view it (IF they even read another's response there).  I would often expand someone's message board view so I could see what other people were saying.  And then follow other people by that method.  But it was it's own form of delicate communication.  Which is not possible here, it seems - that delicacy.   Here it's all in kind of all in your face at once.  


The Elgg site made us all feel like we were "bonded" in a different way.  It appeared to be a smaller community, more intimate.  At least in my mind. 


What I find interesting, for myself, anyway, is that I am much more open and willing to share myself on this new platform.  It could just be that I can post a picture from my own computer instead of having to first upload it to a photo-sharing platform (and that's just FUN!).  It could be that BECAUSE of the huge change we're all going through I'm asking questions for the first time in years since I been here and I too feel vulnerable.  And this new vulnerability - for me - is very interesting.  I've communicated with members that I've known for years on here in ways I never did before.  I'm discovering a greater closeness, rather than it's opposite.  A new closeness which is kind of neat.


And I'm wondering if new members feel free to just jump in.  Whether it's with starting their own conversation or blog, or whether they feel more free to respond.  Does the EX Cafe appeal to you, the new member?  Do you feel immediately welcome there and want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with everybody else?  Or do you feel intimidated?  Odd man out?  The Newbie?


Or does it really make no difference?  Are those members who were shy or hesitant to communicate on the previous platform just as shy on this one?  I guess time will tell when we discover how many new members are participating within the community rather than simply lurking.


I'd be interesting in hearing other's experiences.  Newbies and Oldbies alike.


I suspect there's a way to create the same sense of intimacy we had.  THAT, after all, is what made this EX community unique.  I'm just not sure how to get there yet.  Nor are any of us.  That's why we keep talking about it.  But I'm convinced we'll figure it out.  It matters too much to just let it go.  Ya know?  And we're pretty smart cookies here.




Good Things About Nicotine

Posted by Giulia Champion Feb 7, 2017

I put this on up on the site back in 2008.  I think after 9 years it might be good to put it up again.  Because there aren't too many of us who are still here on this site.  And someone new might just learn something from it.  I'll tell ya, Gary was an Elder on another site, who taught me much when I began this journey back in '06.  


Good Things About Nicotine by Gary (from another site)

Blog Post created by Giulia on Jul 22, 2008
  • Good things about nicotine (3/30/06)
Pursuing the use of nicotine has some adherent advantages.
You get to meet new people. Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, surgeons,
morticians, religious leaders and the list goes on..........

You can get extended vacations in hospitals at different intervals being able to watch tv while resting in bed while getting a high with oxygen being fed to you or may be some drug like morphine to relieve some pain your having or some tube down your throat to help you breathe easier

You get to be an expert on different nebulizer and different medications to see the effect they have on you. You know like chest pains and breathing difficulties..........

Sometimes you can take time off work due to smoking and that gives you a chance to rest up while you crawl on the floor trying to breathe or just doing the jump dance of coughing spasms.

And you don't have to worry about putting money aside as you don't have any in the first place---because its always going up in smoke

And you don't have to worry about breathing foul odors as you can't smell anything any way.

And look at all the advice you get from friends, spouses, co-workers, doctors on how to make your life better..........

Not to mentioned about all the sins you can rid yourself of that are brought up by well intentioned friends and associates
You learn all about guilt, remorse and total humiliation that you can only learn from by using nicotine.......Wow!

Hell, you won't even have to deal with people, they will shun you.... Gives you more peace and quiet

You get to practice hiding in your smoke world where no one can bother you.....isn't that great?

And you know what the best part of this whole deal is? Yep!

You get to DIE!



Posted by Giulia Champion Feb 4, 2017

A lot of us have been responding to old blog posts that are several years old.  So just a head's up:  TAKE A LOOK AT THE CREATION DATE at the top of the blog to see when it was written before you respond.  You might be responding to someone who has long since left the site.  Worse, you might be worrying about the person's strife at the time they wrote the post and it has long since passed.  


The information they're presenting may be interesting and have an impact on your quit, but just LOOK before you post a response.  


Defuse Addictive Thoughts

Posted by Giulia Champion Feb 2, 2017

Thought this was a goodie to put in Best of EX:

See the original: DEFUSE Your Addictive Thoughts! 

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