It's Sunday morning, and with Reflections I'm not as off-track as usual. I don't know what made me want to write about the topic, but if you're an Administrator on any Facebook forum, then you know the only "art" to the job is not being completely absorbed by the task itself. Whether I'm about to list objective challenges or my pet peeves remains to be seen.
The truth is, being an "Admin" is pretty much a thankless responsibility. You're a combination of a playground/crossing guard and referee with a required skill in diplomacy. And, for the hours you might put into the task, it's all done out of your love and respect for the topic of the forum; a friend who asked you to help or the pure enjoyment of fulfilling the needs to be a masochist!
If you've never thought about the "staff" who maintain the forums you love to be active in, here are a few of the challenges, based on my experiences with Facebook Wedding Photographers, Advanced Wedding Photographers and GoingPro.
In spite of the challenges and sounding like a real curmudgeon this morning, I love it and so appreciate those friends who share the same passion. Underneath all the frustration, rolling my eyes a half dozen times each day and wishing I had the home addresses of a few trolls - the art of being an administrator is about the passion for the craft. We're Admins because we love the topic and for most forums, hope we can help the members elevate their skill set related to the topic of the forum, or life in general.
So, the bottom line is pretty simple - play nice in those forums you're a part of and go easy on those Admins! They've got the same dreams you do, except they're often working some long hours to help build and maintain a place for you to express yourself.
On that note, make it a terrific Sunday. Spend time with those people special in your life and don't forget those eleven-second therapeutic hugs. And, if you're an Administrator in any forum on Facebook, thank you! Without your support, so many people would be without a place to share their ideas, dreams, and passion for life...food...pets...photography...skydiving...travel...flowers...wildlife...sports...being left-handed...politics...and the list goes on and on.
Happy Sunday everybody!
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