Or "Rednecks, Big Talk and Little Rooms"
by Uncle Hiram
I don't put syrup on my pancakes or sugar in my cereal. I've never had much use for sweet words or empty praise. If I recommend a site, book or a chat it's because I've read it, visited it, or sat in on a chat and been favorably impressed. After Seven years of online chatting, (Five in Genealogy chats), I have come to believe there are seven distinct types of hosts:
Most of the Internet chats are hosted by people that fall into category 2 or 3 but you will run across hosts that fall into one of the other categories. I like to flatter myself and believe that back when I was hosting a chat room that I fell into category 2 or at least category 3.
In the next few weeks I wanna discuss with Yall several of the chats that I have visited in the last few months. Last week's column on the Native American Chat was the first in this series. In the coming weeks we will discuss the Canadian chat at about.com/genealogy, DearMyrtle's Monday night Chat, Computer Basics chat in the Golden Gates Forum (AOL), American Civil War History Chat in the Golden Gate Forum (AOL) and the GenTrek chat in the Golden Gate Forum (AOL), plus one or two others.
I am also gonna mix in some interviews with some of the experts that host these chats. The general ideal is to acquaint you with some of the chats out there and to show Yall that they are worth visiting. If there are any chats that you visit that you would like me to cover please send me an email telling me where they are and when they are.
I want to be honest with you, I will not "Slam" any chat in this series. If I visit a chat and don't like it, I won't do a write up on it. Not every chat will get a full column, I want to cover as much territory as possible before I start boring you (GRIN).
I hope that you will enjoy this "mini-series" and will visit a few of these chats.
- Adios and Keep Smiling!
- Bill Hocutt (Uncle Hiram)