We have been working behind the scenes at NM for some time on improving and updating the forum and recent hardware issues have moved the timeline up a bit and we will be moving to a new forum software very soon.
This has positives and negatives and means that we may not have as much time to discuss changes before they happen as we would have liked. This post is an outline of how we (Anne and Catherine) see the forum moving forwards. It is not set in stone and we can still accommodate changes both now and after the software change. Once we have moved to the new software we can also still make changes so if a subforum is initially removed we can add it again if there is a need for it.
We understand that change is a big thing and we hope that we can make the changes needed without losing our identity as NM.
NM was born out of the old Rumplebums forum ( which was initially set up as a forum for the agents of RB and then grew into a small community) When I (Anne) bought the shop and forum I changed the branding and NM was born. Babywearing and Natural Parenting was very clearly central to everything we stood for. As time has gone on many of us are no longer so heavily involved in parenting or slings ( especially parenting of small children can be so different). Instead we have found something else that binds us together. Friendship, community and a safe and welcoming place to call home. We share little things and big things and discover new skills and trends together. NM is home, it is where you can come back after months or even years away and people still know you and are there for you. It is learning a new skill to make something for someone who you have never met before, and that person treasuring the thing you made for many many years to come. It is driving to Big Camp with both excitement and already that feeling of dread that you will have to say goodbye to this wonderful group of people again in a couple of short days. It is logging onto the forum at 10pm with a question and still getting several well thought out supportive replies by morning. It is all that and so much more.
To move on from the mamas being what ties us together without losing our NM identity and to reflect that we are a truly wonderful community we will be looking to rename the site NMCommunity. This retains the old whilst still moving forward as we grow as a community.
Below you will find an outline of the forum structure. One really important thing to note is that we will have access to social groups on the new forum. These groups can be set up by anyone and can be used for connecting in a smaller way with forum members. The groups mentioned will be set up ready to go as open groups and we can add many more!
So many NM have businesses they can showcase and we feel that as a part of our community we should have a dedicated space so the WAHM FSOT will be transformed into a business showcase where any member can post about their business.
And lastly the new forum software has really really great mobile options which means we will no longer need to rely on Tapatalk. We would love to get some input on this from people who have specific needs with regards to a layout and colouring of a website so that we make sure that everyone who wants to be on NM can be on NM.
If you have anything you would like to change or add please let us know by replying to the announcement on the forum. We cannot promise that we take every suggestion into account but we will listen to each one.
We are really excited about this software change and hope it will make NMCommunity an enjoyable place to stay and be easily accessible when we need it.
New Forum Layout
FINDING YOUR WAY:-
– Forum Support and News
– The Lounge – subforum Fairy House
– The Craft Room
– The Kitchen
– The Sanctuary
– Big Camp – subforum Camps of years past
– Gentle Parenting Chat
– Pregnancy,Birth & Breastfeeding
– Slings and Carriers
– Business Showcase – free to post for members about their businesses big or small
– For Sale Or Trade
– FSOT Questions
– Big Camp Organisation
– NM working group