This is a question that comes up so very often with new members. This is very common, not only on this forum site but so many others. I am a member in a number of different web sites (tech-sites, wine, beer,garden,etc) When I've joined those sites, its always a challenge to figure out where I should make that first post. I always look for a common , introduction type of area, which is generally the safest.
That is why we have the New Member Introductions
We set up in our FAQ, a thread Helpful Hints for Members
as a GPS into the Spine-Health site. I always encourage new members to read our FAQ and look at threads as I just mentioned. It will make it so much easier for you to get started.
This is why, we attach our Welcome to Spine-Health
thread to new members.
We do find so many new member threads posted in areas that really dont fit the category they are talking about. That is not a problem, but it does make it harder for people to find your new thread and to respond. For example, there may be a thread talking about Spinal injections, and a new member then makes their first post talking about their physical therapy experiences. Not a good fit, and it can easily throw off other members following patterns. People tend to follow specific threads, so when a new post is introduced that does not fit into the category of that thread, it can easily be overlooked.
Every member has different navigation styles. Some go right to the area that means most to them (ie Chronic Pain). I suggest that everyone use the View Recent Posts
as their starting point. This way, you can see all
of the various posts that are being made daily.
The placement of your first thread/post can make a difference in the responses you may receive.
Learn the field, and then it will be so much easier to participate.