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Hi I'm Viv and I really am Viv....

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I am a Mancunian, who has variously lived in or near to Lincoln, Carlisle, Stoke on Trent, Norwich, Bristol and for the past 24 years the Yorkshire Dales, (beautiful but often inclement.)

I have been a member of moblog for 3 years 11 months.

I joined because my daughters were here.

Previous to joining, I would look in, but I felt as though I was looking through windows at people's private lives, living life vicariously, clicking on names found on my daughters' blogs and going into their worlds. So - I left messages as 'stalker mum' ...just to let them know I was there. I felt a stranger, on the outside looking in, wondering how everyone knew everyone else and feeling far too old to join with all those youngsters!

But I didn't want to stay a stalker so I joined. I braved it (that was how it felt.) I approached with caution, befriending those who befriended me.
It took a long time for me to make an initial move - it seemed presumptuous!

I went to my first meet in Leeds - it took Alfie back a bit when he saw the pictures, his comment was "Who's that Gran?" :) I won't ever let him live that one down....

Now I know... have met ... and made friends with, so many people ...

So if you're new here - remember we all were once.

Moblog is full of amazing people and I love it. If you want there's a place for you. Communities are like that - you have to make the effort to join and make friends and the community has to make the effort to welcome you.

I am a moderator because when things seemed to be going wrong, I was one of a number of people who cared enough to start asking questions and now I am part of a great team of people who want to see moblog become the vibrant fun place it was always meant to be.

Posted by Viv

8th Sep 2009, 23:25  

nige says:

Best post so far imo. Love that :)

8th Sep 2009, 23:28

Viv says:

very kind Nige

8th Sep 2009, 23:30

Caine says:

Very nice, Very Viv. :)

8th Sep 2009, 23:42

swamprose says:

oh boy. what do you say? the moblog Hammer. the one who says it the way she sees it, not matter what. someone I depend on to speak truth to power. and she has the best bathroom view in the whole blog. and two of the finest daughters around.

9th Sep 2009, 01:18

Spiderbaby says:

*waves and :) 's

9th Sep 2009, 01:26

Viv says:

thanks all and miss you Spiderbaby
and Swamprose hugs it means a lot

9th Sep 2009, 01:41

Factotum says:

I've been very impressed by all the Meet the Mods posts, including, of course, this one. What a classy, honest, smart, funny and generous group of people, in all their variety!!!

9th Sep 2009, 02:03

Viv says:

Thanks Factotum. Yes we are individual and very varied but we are a team!

9th Sep 2009, 02:11

Factotum says:

I'm really really proud of you guys!

9th Sep 2009, 02:17

Wendle says:

That's lovely, that is :)

9th Sep 2009, 07:55

paintist says:

haha, being another 'stalker mum' brought me here too, and it has been my pleasure to meet you in RL....
meet the mods is a great idea and is showing us all what a great community this is

9th Sep 2009, 08:08

Twiglet says:

A big : ) to you Viv x

9th Sep 2009, 08:20

Viv says:

Thanks Twiglet and that day we came out to yours Paintist (one of Carole's brainwaves) marked a big change in my moblog life - going by myself and meeting up with everyone. It was a great day and I met so many of you for the first time including SLG :)

9th Sep 2009, 11:15

I can't get over how similar you and Beth are facially - two real beauties, I think it's the eyes, among other things (well the eyes have to be among other things, don't they?). You're a voice of calm and reason where it's needed Viv, and I give you my best wishes in your new role. While I'm here, now I've started using the "latest" page rather than my own dashboard, I get a moblog error message every time I first click on the link to it, which goes away when I click a second time, and the page is revealed. I don't know if anyone else is getting this. I'm using Safari browser if that's of any consequence, but it also happens in Firefox. Blessings.

9th Sep 2009, 12:17

Viv says:

Thanks Hobo - I see the young me in her.
Not always calm and reason I assure you but it is what I aim for :)
Yes I have that problem too :)
Sure it's known but should put it in bugs to be fixed list - lot quicker than dashboard though :)

9th Sep 2009, 13:02

kel says:

Is fine in IE7 but will check in Chrome, Firefox and Safari (ooh the proliferation of browsers!) at home!

9th Sep 2009, 13:14

Viv says:

I use firefox - it happens frequently but not all the time

9th Sep 2009, 13:17

kel says:

Actually, that's a lie from me above - I can't get to the latest page from my direct bookmark.

(oh and nice piece Viv!)

9th Sep 2009, 14:47

Viv says:

:) thanks Kel

10th Sep 2009, 15:15

queserasara says:

Beautiful photo- & now it all makes sense. Thanks for your encouragement


10th Sep 2009, 22:07

Viv says:

Thanks QSS
What makes sense - the changes?

Think we are so involved that we find it difficult to see it from the perspective of others

but the most important thing to us is that everyone should feel involved

which means using moblog, because if no-one is posting or talking moblog is dead

so turning this round is not down to us, we are just supporting JC and Mat and taking on responsibility for... hopefully better communications, day to day maintenance and some long term planning but if moblog is to prosper then everyone has to want it and use it and enjoy it.

If anyone has questions, worries or ideas let us know. Use the forum or Get Satisfaction, email us, or even use these columns. We want this to work, we will do what it takes - if we can :)

Oh and if you haven't yet done so please make 'moblog news' a friend so that we can keep you up to date.

10th Sep 2009, 22:43

jc1000000 says:

I loved reading what you have written. You have been carrying the fire for all of us Viv. Thanks.

18th Sep 2009, 02:05

Viv says:

Roughly translated I've been a pain - but with a purpose :)
Glad it's taken as it's intended.

18th Sep 2009, 07:05

taniwha says:

That you for this profile. I like hearing about the different routes into Moblog ...

18th Sep 2009, 08:12

Viv says:

you're welcome

18th Sep 2009, 08:17