Re: How long have you been on this board? How cruise @ddicts started. And how it evolved into a community board. First. How the board was born.. John posted this a while ago, and I repost it hereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Once upon a time.. (Sorry wrong story). Cruise @ddicts began back in <font color = red>July of 1999.</font> Ingrid and myself had just returned on our first cruise. We sailed on the Grandeur of the Seas and had a wonderful time. During or pre-cruise planning we both read cruise reviews and visited messages boards, other cruise sites and newgroups around the internet. When we returned Ingrid was watching as I was working on making web pages. I had been working on web pages for my family's business and did other web sites projects. She said she was interested in working on a site of her own. So as I sat in front of the web page editor I started questioning.. "So what kind of page do you want??" ... We talked about many topics such as something work related for her and so on. She said "No" to a few ideas.. and then I suggested. How about a "Cruise Web site" ??? I really liked the idea...and she did also. It may have been due to too many soft drinks but I started making the basic layout of the site right then. One of the first things I did was come up with a logo and name for the site. I sat and thought... for a moment. I typed in "Cruise @ddicts" and our slogan would be "A place to get your fix when not onboard". I chose this name due to myself and Ingrid being called "Cruise Addicts" by our tablemates on our previous cruise. Because we had read everything possible about the cruise on the Internet and I had sailed the ship before... We knew a great deal of information. Our tablemates teased us and nicknamed us "Cruise Addicts" due to this. So even weeks later they emailed us calling us... the name. I can still recall... "Here come the Cruise Addicts!"... We liked the name since we would have long discussions on about the ship, ports and other little known information we had learned and now could share with them. So thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where the actual name came from, I think its very fitting. My thought was if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a Cruise @ddict and you must "Need your fix"... So it would have to be a place to get what you want when you wanted it. No big delays.. or having to search for it. An @ddict needs his fix quickly... you know This was the template to start. As I got into the site beyond the name and logo I installed a basic message board. The message board was very basic and hard to manage once people found us. You'll have to remember this site began a sub directory of my family uniform shops website. It was at http://www.sruniforms.com/CruiseAddicts/ It was made only for fun... a place to put our favorite cruise links and resources. We were lucky enough to have a message board program which was included with the uniform web sites hosting package. So this added to what was a very basic home page. I had never ever had a personal home page of my own. So as I spent more time putting together a site on a subject I truly loved and enjoyed - the site grew. Ingrid wrote the newsletters and watched with me as the site went from very basic to actually busy with allot of luck - quickly. I had advertised the site around the net in different areas. Soon people came to our new virtual home.. and posted "Hi!". Many of the new faces that first walked in our home and said hello stayed and have never left. We wrote back and said hello from our own computers and talked about what we love.. cruising as the central topic. We introduced ourselves to our guests and they asked questions. They wanted to be certain we were going to keep a good clean home. We explained that we intended to keep a very close eye on our new home and baby. They thanked us and invited their friends from around the Internet to come to our site and visit. The first poster was "Herb", he posted and said hello and soon many names like red stripe, Einstein, Mgram, CruiseAholic, TrueRosie, FlaJack, and many more others soon came to visit and stay. As the days became months we felt blessed to have such a nice group of people visit our site daily. All we had was a message board as our sites main feature. In the months ahead we got so many messages that it became hard to manage. With the help of a very good friend David Venable. I was able to upgrade our message boards. We soon had some of the greatest features and everyone enjoyed the changes and new look. What was at first was very basic now became very good-looking. We were next even able to add a photo gallery for our community. Yes, our simple home page was now becoming a true online community. A place where people came daily and shared information about all topics and events... with cruising as the topic that joined us. As the pictures were being added and the messages were being posted we still needed a real site domain. We had to put everything under one roof; the site was still just a part of an online store for uniforms. So we created http://www.cruise-addicts.com where we could now put all our sites features under one roof. In the months to follow we've grown from a handful of users, a few pictures and posts to what our site is today. Our small message board now boasts 185,543 posts (Now 460,311) for a daily average of an amazing 558.1 posts. Our once small photo gallery is now a virtual masterpiece boasting an impressive 10,911(Update! Now Well over 28K ) photos in 573 (NOW! Over 1K) member galleries. Our once humble home now welcomes (many) thousands of users each day. We've grown along the way working on keeping our home fresh with features and information. Our obsession to get our own cruise fix has enabled us to offer Cruise Reviews, Web Mail, Chat Rooms, Downloads, News, Links Center, and more. In February 2001 we were very lucky to have been able to actually meet many users in person from literally around world from our site. This was a wonderful experience we treasure. Our site is now sponsored by a handful of the Internets leading online businesses, which provide for all our cutting edge servers and allow us to maintain and add new features. In ending...To those who call Cruise @ddicts home and everyone who has visited us along their way, a sincere Thank you. We had hoped it would remain a special place and I believe this still holds true. John, Cruise @ddicts ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------\ John, if you want to update those numbers.. feel free to do so :grin as I know they are much bigger now. .