Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The New Site, the New Plan

Well, if any of you are wondering how the new website came about, I'm about to tell you... Several of you know that I started posting several years ago on Mercola healthy pets and met a woman named Swinn. She is one if the most informed people, on holistic nutrition, I've ever met. We both decided we admired the other and became good friends. We were able to do a lot of good there and answer a lot of other poster's questions. Then Dr. Becker began to get a lot of trolls and they decided to shut her site down. So Swinn moved on to another site. A couple of the posters there wern't too happy about her coming along and knowing more than they did, so they started ganging up on her pretty bad. She contacted me and asked if I'd come to the site. That was the dog food review site. So I did. Well, we helped a lot of people there, and made some really great friends. The site owner generously let us post on anything we wanted, as we drew a large audience. Anyway, Shawna (Swinn) and I talked a lot about starting our own site over the last year, mostly when the trolls would get real bad, but we hadn't done anything about it. So long about the first of the year a big hoo-haw started brewing up on that site. Shawna and I decided to get out and start our own site. Just as we were making plans the whole shebang blew up (the site owner no longer wanted any off topic posting) and so we skidaddled. 

Our friends decided they wanted to be on a site that allowed chit-chat and friendships, so they came too. It was a mad scramble to get a site home where we could all get together and have a great time helping people. I had this huge leaning curve! I'm not a site designer and I didn't even know where to start. I baled in, and felt completely out of control! I was trying to cram so much new information into my head it felt like the top of it was spinning! I ended up building a temporary home on blogspot, because I knew how to use these tools. It worked because my friends made it work. Then I hired my son to build the site... And we moved to the new platform. There were expenses. And people generously donated to cover them.

Then Shawna and I realized that the taxes could cripple us, if we got a lot of donations or income. So we decided to become a non-profit. It has been an incredible adventure and we have no idea what's going to happen next!  I'll try to keep you updated, but for the real fun, come on over to the Holistic Chatter Box and join in on the conversation and make some new friends. :-)

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Holistic Chatter Box

Wow! I've had a wild day! The new site has a domain name www.theholisticchatterbox.com
Its not into forum mode yet. But I'm working on it. :-) Please feel free to come over and jump right into any conversation. You can ask questions about dog health problems... All our core group are experienced dog owners, and very friendly people. You can even ask diet & environment questions. :-) You'll be very welcome!

Oh My Goodness! Growing Pains!!!

Hi Guys!
I've been studying my brains out again to try to set up a holistic health site for people and pets, scramming every scrap of info off the net on sites for free pages... turns out I'm liking bloggers flexability on ease of use best. I've set up a temporary site holisticchatterbox.blogspot.com which may end up becoming the permanent page, if I can figure out how to incorporate a threaded forum into it. ;-} So, if you have questions about the holistic lifestyle for you or your pets,or would like to join in the groups camaraderie keep an eye on that site, as I get my internet friends added, and redirected there. :-)  I'm looking forward to  getting to know a lot more of you, too. I added a translation button over there and will add one here as well. Oh the things I've learned! GFETE (Grinning From Ear to Ear)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

First Post of the New Year

I'm working on starting a forum with a very good friend of mine, who is absolutely amazing, when it comes to holistic nutrition & dietary health, not just for people, but for furkids, too. We began complimentary posting on Mercola Healthy Pets, became fast friends and when that forum closed, moved on to DFA. Well, Dr. Mike has very graciously given us a lot of latitude over the years, but its not really a good fit for everything we want to talk about. His forum is supposed to be an unbiased dog food review site, and we talk about way more than dog food. We've talked about starting our own, several times, and we think the time has come.

We're doing the forum, as opposed to just the blog, because we'd really like more interaction and feed back. Both of us like to help others avoid the pitfalls that we've faced, or get through them easier, and an interactive forum seems to be more effective. I'm researching info on it. The first thing we need is a name. Any suggestions?

I'll post the name we decide on here, when we get it up and running, and I hope you'll come participate.