You have just posted your first thread and now the fun begins... What do others think of my potential? Will I get any comments? Are others even looking at my thread? Many questions could be going through your mind.
You just saved your first thread
What do you do next?
- Give it some time: it may take some time to get even a first response. Our users span from eastern Europe to west coast US with over half residing in US. If you posted your thread at 3AM eastern US time, those guys won't even start looking for another 6-7 hours. Each of our journey forums is managed by a moderator who will generally look at and comment on all threads in his forum. Check when he is normally posting to get an idea of when he might hit your thread. Our Certified Advisors will also pick up new threads but they could post on any forum at any time
- Monitor your thread: look at who is posting and what they are saying and when you feel it appropriate to comment on their posts, then do so. On the forum list, your thread has a column for views [number of users who have opened your thread] and a column for replies [number of users who have posted on your thread. It is normal that less than 5% of viewers will make a post. Remember after each new post, your thread will go to the top of the forum list. Another way to monitor activity is to use the Subscribe to this topic feature pictured below. It is located just below the edit box used to make your post. Checking this box before you Save your post, will register your thread and send you an email when another user posts on your thread.
- Post comments back: after getting some responses from others, plan to acknowledge them with comments back to them. Some guys just give a general 'thanks for commenting' whereas others give a more personal and directed response to most, it not all, who have posted. It is a nice touch to respond individually. Two techniques are common... 1) @username - <make your response>. You list all the users and make a comment to each one who commented in a single post of your own. 2) use the Quote feature to list their comment, then put your response right below their comment. This makes it easier for others reading your thread to understand both sides of the discussion a little better.
- Be as open as possible: a beard journey can be as much mental growing as physical growing. The more you tell about your feelings and how things are going from your perspective, the more directed the advice will be to you.
It might be time to give an update
How do you know when it's time for an update?
- Has anything changed?: First determine if your coverage has changed or perhaps you did some carving that was recommended. It might be time to post that change.
- How often to update?: While there is no restriction on update frequency, others don't want to see pictures every other day... they will just stop commenting. A guideline is to post updates weekly for the first two months, then bimonthly for next two months, then monthly after that. The reason to lengthen the time between updates is that as the beard grows, weekly or even biweekly updates don't show as much percentage of change.
You decided it's time to make an update
What's different with an update, compared to my first post?
- Take a new set of pictures and upload into an album. Some guys like to name an album for each update so they can keep track of them.
- Go to your thread, click Add Reply and give a status report... how long have you been growing?, how do you feel about progress?, are you changing any goals?, do you have questions?
- Insert your pictures as you did before. Notice your pictures go in the new post instead of in your lead post because this keeps the journey progress and comments together.
- After the Save, note the Post# in upper right corner of the post, then go to the lead or top post in the thread, hit Edit under your avatar and change the title to reflect this update. It's also a good idea to put the post# in the title.
- Some guys find that an avatar update at the time of a thread update is a way for others to see something is different and they might seek out your thread when they see this.
Maybe it's time my thread should be moved to another forum
How and when do I request my new journey thread be moved to an Established section of Beard Board?
- Assuming you started posting in a forum in the Establishing section, then at some point you accept your beard as it is and you claim beard success.
- You have accepted your beard when you feel bearded, your questions are about style or maintenance rather than obtaining coverage, you are comfortable wearing your beard any place you go and you are able to tell others why you have chosen to be bearded.
- At this point you acknowledge this milestone in your journey thread and request your thread be moved to one of the fora in the Established beard section.
- Alternately, you may leave your Establishing thread and start a new thread in an Established Section forum. If you choose this option, please post a link in the old thread to your new active journey thread.