Friends and family is what I use social media for. I frankly wouldn’t want my friends and family on any forums I would run. The internet is the escape and a chance to meet new people. A chance to break outside of your IRL comfort zone and network with new individuals. Not to mention, I personally wouldn’t want to cross the boundary of having my online presence mix with my IRL presence. My friends are bigger assholes than I am.
My friends and family have not been very helpful in joining my site and posting. When CH first opened a few of them joined but no one ever has posted. I know now to not expect anything from them and even in the Site Battle Madness no one helped me The only word of mouth I could rely on was from members of other Christian forums that I encounter and that I'm "friends" with on Facebook. They have helped me out with my forum more than the people who are closest to me.