Once upon a time there was a wonderful place for Anderson Cooper fans to go and exchange information. This wonderful place was essentially the beginning point for All Things Anderson. Unfortunately, for you newer fans, places like the old Andersphere don't exist anymore. They have been attacked by trolls and ridiculed to the point that the old timers have all gone underground.
I don't know how I found the old Andersphere, but finding it really changed my life. I lurked there for a long while before having the courage to post. When I did post I really wasn't welcomed, I was slammed. I retreated and licked my wounds and came back a few weeks later to give it another try. This time I was treated a little better, which encouraged me to post more and more comments. (This rough beginning is why I am so adamant that ATA newcomers be treated with the same respect as the regular posters.) The old Andersphere was populated with people named Scarlet Termite, Kentucky Lady, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and Io, ladies who really seemed to know their Anderson stuff. Either that or they were just lucky guessers. I miss those days. And you should too. It was a wonderful way to be introduced into the fandom of Anderson Cooper.
I first met Purple Tie on this message board in October of 2005. We posted back and forth and eventually exchanged email addresses. We really had an instant connection, but I think most people would say that about PT. She's just the kind of person that everybody likes. We exchanged phone numbers and talked for the first time in late December of last year. Now hardly a day goes by that we don't take a few minutes to check up on each other.
Quitty came into our lives in late December on the same QT board. She would find information that just amazed me and I must say she still does. We talk on the phone every once in a while and she is just about the sweetest person in the world.
The old Andersphere dissolved soon after Quitty joined the crowd (it wasn't her fault, honest it wasn't) and a new message board began, this time a little more closely moderated. Its name was shortened to The Sphere and it still exists, but its a shadow of it's old self. It was this new board that brought Ms. Sheryn into the group. She came to us as this bubbly enthusiastic newbie who has such a wonderful writing style. Sheryn is just about the friendliest person I've ever met and one of the smartest too. She jumped right into posting and soon we were all best of friends.
I don't know what made me think I could blog. Actually, I look back at the beginnings and it's almost painful, but I'm nothing if not persistent. Soon PT agreed to lend a hand, and then we gave Ms. Elle (The Anderchronicles) her start. She became so popular that she spun off into her own blog with much success. I couldn't believe our good fortune when Quitty, the master researcher, agreed to join the ATA team. And the final piece fell into place recently when Sheryn agreed to give up Anderations and join the gang. There are many others who send us tips and pictures on a regular basis. If I tried to name you all I'm sure I'd leave someone out, but you know how much I adore and appreciate all of you.
Well, there you have it, All Things Anderson 101. It's been a wonderful 1st year, thanks to all of you. Happy Birthday ATA, anyone what a piece of cake?
We also need to celebrate Purple Tie's birthday today. In her honor Lori, ATA's wonderful graphic artist (she's one of our unsung heroes) has made her a little present. Enjoy!
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Posted by Phebe at 12:33 AM