& I want to hear stories; how you got to join the forums, what you were like back then, if you've "changed" over time as a person & as a poster, or if you're still the same, what your funniest moments were on here, if there was ever a sad moment you spent on here... tell me all about it!
I joined the forums when I was 17. I'm 24 now, so you do the math. I was at a friend's place & he was browsing the bbs & showing it to me. it was still the red & white board. I thought it was geeky & ridiculous, but he told me stories about people. about Linda, about Sunny, about Vicky, about Tizz, about Gem & I don't remember who else... it never occured to me till now he only told me stories about chicks on here. ;p while on the phone a few weeks later, or so, he asked if he could make an account for me on the bbs. he asked which name I wanted as my username & I picked "joy", because I thought it suited me. to make it extra bouncy & for aesthetic reasons, I asked him to capitalise the "J" & the "Y", so the two letters would capture the small "o" in the middle. it sounded like a great idea at the time.
aside from the fact I was incredibly immature when I first joined, I haven't really changed much as a person, although the entire bbs has witnessed how my life was turned upside down at one point, less than a year after I joined. when I'd just turned 18, these forums were like a faithful loyal friend to me, but at the same time hosted a few folks that managed to hurt me very deeply. some people were nice to me, supported me & encouraged me, which, weird as it is, I will never forget. it's weird, because I'm not really cut out for this online bullshit.
the Amsterdam meet-up, with all the inside jokes & stupidity evolving around it, I will definitely never forget. those were definitely the funniest moments I've had on here.
although I said I don't think I changed as a person, I think I changed a lot as a poster. when I look back at old posts of mine in the archives, I see I wasn't really serious about anything & I was so incredibly bouncy. my posts were short, contained lots of smileys if I remember correctly & were ridiculously happy most of the times.