Hello little EC birds!
Have you ever felt like a stranger?
I guess the answer is: "yeah, sure!", because we all have been newcomers on any occasion: The 1st day at primary/secondary school, college, work… Do you remember now the feeling of not knowing anybody around you, and how nice and important was any small gesture of kindness, any friendly greeting or any nice smile towards you?
Sometimes a nice gesture that for you means nothing can be very important and appreciated by others who you don't even know… But it isn't great to know that it takes so few effort and time to make someone's day more nice just saying a joyful "Hello there!"
Okay so this is my purpose for whatever nice EC members who would like to follow me in this 'eccentric' mission that I've called: "The EC Month for Welcoming an EC Newcomer!" (I've unilaterally decided that this will be the month for that, because my Queendom, my rules!)
The only thing you've to do is TO WELCOME A NEW MEMBER OF EC!
Because is nice to be nice!!! What else?! You can make someone to smile just doing that nice gesture (remember you also smiled the first time you got some feedback here, and it was a nice feeling, right?). I've seen many new members feeling super lost around here, not knowing what to say/to do or how to break the ice. If you're an outgoing and talkative person, is going to be easy for you to fit in, in no time. But there are a lot of people who are more shy and they don't even dare to say anything because of the insecurity with their language's skills. And I think that's also the reason why most of the newcomers here don't become more active, or they even leave the site because they don't know how to break that ice... But at least you can help them to feel more comfortable just welcoming them! (so they will think: 'Oh! How nice are people here!' -So that will motivate them to give it a good try)
OKAY BUT... HOW I DO THAT???!!!
Step 1: Go to 'MyEC' and click on 'View all' (the little square dedicated to 'Members', right at the top left)
Step 3: You'll see the latest activity of his/her profile, the post that EC sends atomatically when a new profile is created, and there you are suggested to welcome that person (because the spirit of this site is to help each other, even if it's just being nice!)
Note to whoever wants to read this note: I do this just because I feel like, because I like to be randomly nice (sometimes), and because I think it's cool that EC remains being a free learning site, and right now there are very few good free sites for learning languages... So I want to suport this.
But the same as cats do: They can gently caress its cute head against you, but at the same time, they can also scratch you if they don't like something you do. This means that I'm not an EC ass kisser, just in case...