The article below is from a previous time frame, and doesn’t apply in the current day – sorry about that. It’s part of the history of this site, and we’ve moved to better options than the old-style IM-chats.
However, if you have stumbled across this article, and if you are interested in conversing with other DID trauma survivors, I encourage you to participate in the current area made available for group discussion:
Thoughts and discussions about opening a new forum are occurring as well. This is not clearly decided yet, but do check back at this site for upcoming information.
Thanks for your interest!
I have had an idea.
Would you all like to talk together — along with me — in a group conversation via Instant Messenger?
There are a lot of faithful regular readers here at DiscussingDissociation, and we have had a lot of interaction back and forth in the comment sections. I greatly appreciate this interaction, and frankly, I think that reading and responding to your comments are the best parts of having this blog!
So the conversation element is really nice. It’s important, and it’s very helpful in terms of communicating and understanding each other.
At SurvivorForum, we have group IM chats every now and then. Those that want to participate in this sign up ahead of time, we each set up our IM contacts so we are able to chat, and then we meet together in a live group IM chat setting for a group talk. These chats have been helpful, and can be about any topic that is relevant to the group members participating in the chat.
Now, I don’t know if any of you all would be interested or willing to do something like that, but I thought I could offer it to you as something to consider. What do you think?
If this goes well, we could potentially have regular group chats based on various topics that can be scheduled ahead of time. For this first chat, I suggest the topics will be “Introduction to the Group and Group Chats” (just so everyone can get familiar with how this works) and “Bring Three Questions to ask Kathy”.
Don’t worry, if you all run out of questions to ask me, I’ll certainly have plenty of questions to ask you!
If you are interested in participating in this kind of group chat, please leave a comment below. If it looks like there are enough people to meet, I’ll set a time in the near future. Times will be based from the Central Standard Time Zone (currently daylights savings time).
I could potentially set up a calendar of times / topics so that people can know ahead of time if they want to sign up for a particular group chat. If this idea catches on, we could feasibly have different live group chats on a frequent and regular basis.
Since this is a new option, I’m going to keep the price to $5.00 per chat for now. You’ll be able to purchase your group chat through AbuseConsultants. Length of the chat, for now, will depend on the interest in this idea and the number of participants. I assume, however, that the chat will be at least an hour in length, and quite possibly longer if there are more than five participants.
So what do you think?
If you are interested, please create a brand new MSN IM address to use for these chats – create a new MSN IM address that is NOT your normal IM chat address. Make sure to not use your real name while signing up for the chat name. KEEP YOUR PRIVACY by using your blogging name, not your legal name. Do not put your legal name on anything at all connected to this new IM address.
It is very very important that you not hand out your real name and your real IM address to people that you do not know very well.
By creating a totally separate DiscussingDissociation IM address, you will stay more protected.
I hope to be chatting with you soon!
Any questions or comments are welcome.
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