View Full Version : How many groups are you in and why?

02-28-2008, 09:39 AM
I am amazed at the amount of groups that people are in, I just saw one lady's profile and it said she was in 114 groups! I am in 10 and that is plenty for me, I even feel a little guilty cause I do not post in all of them all the time.

I was wondering how many groups people are in from here and why. The reason I am wondering why is I am not sure if part of it is kinda a popularity thing or if there is some real interest in a particular group? I think I try to be a little picky in the groups I am in, there are a lot out there that I could be in but I am not sure if I would actually bring anything useful to the group so I just kinda end up being a "group/forum" watcher.

I hope I am not insulting to anyone as that is not my intention, just curious is all!

I'm sorry! Yes, I am talking about Raverly groups!

Pagan Princess
02-28-2008, 09:51 AM
I'm in two knitting groups. I own my own messageboard for my friend Lorenzo (in my profile). I belong to a couple of Pagan groups too. Ummmm that's about it lol!

02-28-2008, 10:21 AM
Are you talking about Ravelry groups?

I'm in a bunch and I'll probably only add to that. I join them for two reasons:

1.) It's a local group with meet-ups and the board provide location info, inside dish on LYS sales, I might be able to meet actual IRL friends from it, etc.

I keep a casual eye on the boards for these groups to catch the info.

2.) I peruse somebody's profile, see a really silly group or something I'm a fan of and go "Bwah!" and immediately join said group. :teehee: Once I've done that, generally speaking, that's the only attention paid to it. I don't share projects, don't keep track of the boards, etc. I guess it's sort of like collecting online tchochkes.

Embarrassingly enough, the majority of my groups fall into category 2. :mrgreen:

ETA--I do pretty much the same thing with my Facebook groups addiction...

02-28-2008, 10:49 AM
What kind of group? Ravelry? Yahoo? Something else?

For Ravelry, I think I'm in one group -- the KH one. I haven't spent a lot of time over there and I haven't explored everything they have to offer.

Knitting is kind of a second hobby for me and I spend my online time elsewhere. KH is my primary knitting social group (here, not on Ravelry) and I mainly use Ravelry for it's database. :thumbsup:

I'm not in any Yahoo groups anymore, although I do stumble across ones now and then. The couple I had joined in the past weren't very useful to me and now I just stay out of them.

Sunshine's Mom
02-28-2008, 10:53 AM
I'm in one group on Ravelry - Survivor 16 Micronesia. I don't spend a lot of time on Ravelry. I really prefer KH forum. But, it's nice to discuss Survivor with other fans who I know are watching AND knitting - like me.

Just joined the KH group! Thanks to all for pointing it out. Never would have thought to look for it on my own.

02-28-2008, 10:59 AM
On ravelry I am in 4 groups, KH, Knitty Gritty, gone to small dogs, and stitch and scrabble. I feel guilty to say I hardly ever posted on any of them, I just think they make it easier to meet other knitters with your same interests, and for someone to see things your interested in when they view your profile.

02-28-2008, 11:17 AM
I'm on one, the KH one. I think I've posted like two things on it. I'm quite the social butterfly as you can see. :roflhard:

02-28-2008, 11:52 AM
I'm in a few groups...I joined them because they're either topics I'm really interested in, or, like a local thing...I like to tell myself I'll keep up with the group, but, I usually just end up becoming a lurker and making the random post every once in a while...lol...

02-28-2008, 12:10 PM
I'm not sure it's either 5 or 6. I don't go there much and tend to only visit 1 of the group when I do go. The others don't seem to offer much I'm interested in and I just haven't dropped them much. I have enough trouble keeping up with posts here. This is my main stop after reading Yahoo news.

02-28-2008, 12:23 PM
I'm in 3 or 4 groups over there. I personally like the forums here much better :thumbsup:

02-28-2008, 12:29 PM
I'm in a stupid number of groups on ravelry. I'll see something that catches my eye, join, lurk for a bit, do a random post, but that's about it. I've been back and forth a lot, but I came to the conclusion that I just like it better here.

Jan in CA
02-28-2008, 01:29 PM
I'm in 6 groups, 2 are local, 2 are EZ, 1 charity, and the KH group. I don't participate in any of them really. I prefer the forums here.

As for why people have so many? I think it's one of those things where you click join w/o thinking or you don't want to lose it because there might be something there you want to see later. :shrug:

Beth your link is incorrect. ;)

02-28-2008, 02:07 PM
I'm in 3 groups: KH, Polyglots (that's what i am) and Knitting Russian Style, which has some amazing knitters as members and i get lots of inspiration from there and we can also discuss our knitting heritage.

02-28-2008, 02:26 PM
Beth your link is incorrect. ;)

You're right! thanks for catching it. I'll have to start over to fix it ... another day!

02-28-2008, 05:23 PM
I'm in alot, too many to keep up with. But then, I'm an information junkie and I need them. I rarely post but I most always read.

02-28-2008, 07:57 PM
I'm in 10 groups at the moment, including KH. I joined the Yarnographers group hoping I could learn some photography tips and the Tour de France KAL group because I've never participated in a KAL and I LOVE the Tour.

Others are just for fun, and I don't participate heavily in any of them although I do check in regularly.

When I first got on Ravelry and looked through all the groups it was overwhelming! I saw a lot of them based on TV shows I watch(ed) and other topics I was interested in, but I didn't join because I didn't think I would really participate much.

It also depends on my mood at the time; if I'm feeling sociable and a little bit outgoing I'll join a group. I like the buttons, too!

02-28-2008, 08:38 PM
Should I admit that I'm in an insane number of groups? :) I actually do it more to "collect" the "stamps" I participate in few of them. Just more of an expression of my interests than anything else. Off-hand I know that I'm in groups for homeschoolers, SCA Fiber arts, Obama supporters, a few other historic knitting groups, a few local ones, autism, glbt, bread baking, tea drinkers, and a bunch I can't think of right now.

02-29-2008, 08:09 AM
I'm in 20 groups. I try to keep the number right around there and if I join a new group, I'll leave one that I'm not active in (which is most of them). Of the 20 groups I'm in, I read posts in about 8 of them, and actually post in about 3 or 4.

I don't think I'll ever really care for how the forums are set up on Ravelry. Guess I'm too spoiled for a real forum like KH.

02-29-2008, 08:12 AM
You're right! thanks for catching it. I'll have to start over to fix it ... another day!
I fixed it for you. :)

PS.. if anyone ever needs their signature edited or fixed, you can PM me or another mod. :)

02-29-2008, 05:06 PM
I fixed it for you. :)

PS.. if anyone ever needs their signature edited or fixed, you can PM me or another mod. :)

See, that's why we love you mods - one of you catches something - somebody fixes it! :hug: Thanks Silver! - you probably saved me an hour and much cursing - some things that were so easy on my pc just aren't on my mac.

02-29-2008, 06:08 PM
I'm in two groups.
I don't have time for anything else. Too many other things to do.

02-29-2008, 07:33 PM
I too am in a stupid number of groups... I see things that catch my eye and will join. I do need to go unjoin some that I've never really posted in. I will keep the local ones and I'm in a couple that I do post to. Like all of you, I like this site better than ravelry... :muah:

02-29-2008, 10:21 PM
Should I admit that I'm in an insane number of groups? :) I actually do it more to "collect" the "stamps" I participate in few of them. Just more of an expression of my interests than anything else.

Sort of the same here. I'm in a lot of them, read a few, post in less.
But all of them represent something I'm interested in, do regularly, or have.