All of the staff members on Compuserve are volunteers. I'm on the forum every day, keeping things organized, greeting new members, and participating in discussions. I've been doing this almost seven years now, "herding the bumblebees" as Diana Gabaldon puts it, and for the most part I really enjoy it.
This past year has been by far the busiest year I've ever had on the forum, with three separate "thread explosions" (my term for an enormous spike in the volume of posts), starting exactly a year ago with the release of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD. Then, of course, we had a flood of posts starting in August when the OUTLANDER TV series premiered. And the Great Thread Explosion of 2015 (as I like to refer to it) has kept me incredibly busy ever since the TV series resumed in April, taking up virtually all my free time for the last couple of months. (I'm actually looking forward to a nice long #Droughtlander, to give me a chance to recover.)
Things have finally started to slow down on Compuserve in the last few days, and on Monday I posted a message of thanks to everyone who participated in the TV-series discussions. I've been delighted and very gratified by the responses in that thread. Not least of which was a message from Diana Gabaldon:
Dear Karen--Naturally I was thrilled to see that!
It certainly wouldn't happen without _you_! <g> Many, MANY thanks, from all of us!-- Diana
You're welcome to come and check out the forum for yourselves. You need to sign up for an account in order to post, but it's free. Look here for the links to the TV-series discussions, but also take a few minutes to look around and see what else is available there.