Hi guys, my name is Cameron Taylor, and I am a 23 year old based in Nashville, TN. Figured I'd introduce myself, given that I've lacked a legitimate presence within this community for at least 2-3 months. I've made a few posts every once in a while when I've been able to log in, but I've really had little to no actual participation here. Just ask my staff members. I recently posted in our staff Skype chat a couple days ago, and that was my first message in that chat since July. I know, it's terrible.
I'm sure people want to know why. Why am I not dedicating a proper amount of time to FP? This forum is my home. I've grown up with this community. Registered here back in early May 2010. It's been over nine years. I remember sneakily getting on FP during a pointless computer class in middle school. I remember being an absolute post whore on FP during a number of different classes in high school, since I was bringing my laptop to school each day. I was introduced to the world of working and all that not so fun stuff, which meant plenty of free time would no longer be free. I started and finished college with you guys. I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in December 2017 with a Bachelor's in Business Management. In July 2018, I was approached in regards to becoming the new owner of this community, and it's something that I was immediately all for. Regardless of the price, regardless of the circumstances, I wanted to continue the tradition of FP. It's been going since 2007. I'm not saying the last few years have been perfect by any means. We've had some bad times, and I'd say we're in the middle of some of the worst. C'est la vie.
In October 2018, I was able to officially obtain a job truly relevant to my career, and something that I was actually interested in pursuing a career in. This was a step away from the typical hourly roles that I had before, and this was an introduction to the salaried life. I guess it should have been obvious that I'd be signing away my life though. I went from working typical full time hours (40-45 hours) to working 60-65 hours a week consistently. With this position, it just seems like free time is never free anymore. Having this position over the last year has opened my eyes plenty though. I'm 23 years old, and in the back of my mind, I'm thinking "Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?" I'm just not sure if this corporate management world is for me. I'm someone with different ambitions and aspirations. I've always had a number of side hustles going on, whether that meant buying and selling video games on eBay, offering freelance services through Nashville Web Services, or simply buying/selling websites. This job pretty much caused me to job everything. With all of these thoughts in my head, I've really been thinking about what I want in the future. I recently started taking college courses again. I'm now looking to get a degree in IT. This is something else that is a pretty serious time commitment of course.
Anyways, it's now October 2019. I've been the owner of Forum Promotion for well over a year, and we all definitely had a lot more to be optimistic about back then. The bottom line is I'm not entirely sure what direction FP needs to go in right now. I have adored this community for so long, and even when there's so many things that we could be negative about, it's a blessing to log in and still see a number of members still doing what they can to support this community.
So... Where do we go from here? What are you looking to get out of your experience here at FP? If you're a regular FPer that has been AFK here lately, is there any particular reason as to why? Is it because of the lack of the activity on my part? I can totally understand that. Why would anyone dedicate any time or effort to a community when the owner isn't doing the same? It makes sense. Or are you someone that just has a lot going on in life, like myself? Feel free to share as far as what you've got going on. Forum Promotion is one gigantic dysfunctional family, and it's always a delight to hear from each and every one of you guys. I care, and I know I'm not the only one that does. So many of us have literally grown up together. It's crazy.
In all seriousness, I greatly appreciate all of you guys that have stuck it out and tried your best to contribute to this community during my absence. You're all assets to this community.