I wrote my first post in an online community called Hello Sunday Morning back in March of 2015, and I have been posting, instead of drinking, ever since. Writing in a community helped me get sober, stay sober, and maybe most importantly it helped me rediscover the voice that I had been drowning.
Continuing what we did on HSM when they closed their first web community, is why I started BOOM.
( all blue words are active links to other posts )
This post you’re reading is published on our Boozemusings Blog which is our public face and the website that you likely found before clicking through to BOOM. Boom is supported by the Mighty Networks Community platform on a website and in an app. Inside BOOM we are private and we encourage you to be anonymous.
Our setup in BOOM is similar to Facebook in that we have a home feed where all of the posts for the day show up. Whether you follow people or not you can see all of the posts from our community on the Home feed. We also have topics that archive posts in specific categories. You can choose a topic to post to if you wish or post without a topic. The topics work a bit like #hashtags and archive posts in groups where you can scroll through and read if you are looking for information, ideas, or what the people who are doing this month’s alcohol-free challenge are talking about today.
In our Discovery section, you will find the posts that we chose to Welcome you, posts that have been recently Featured, and the posts that have recently had the most activity, under the heading Top Posts.
There is a lot to read! But the intention with Boom is for each of our community members to be active in writing as well as reading. You can start posting right away on that home feed, ask the community a question, or start reading and commenting on the posts that you see. Please feel comfortable asking any questions you may have on the home feed https://boom-rethink-the-drink.mn.co/feed.
You can write as much or as little as you’d like in your posts. Start by telling us why you’re here. What do you hope to achieve? The more you share the more you’ll learn about yourself and the more we’ll be able to offer support and ideas. We’re a real give-and-take community. If you spend some time here daily reading and writing you will find that you begin to figure out what you need to do and how to do it
– Try it 😊 This is Mighty Networks “how to post” guide HERE ( that answers any tech questions you may have about sharing images and videos and how to format in a blog article style or simply share a quick post) and a Guide that I put together here How do You Post With Multiple Images or Images and Videos? which shows how to do either a quick post or an article with multiple images.
Open Post Box HERE ( we do apologize for the – say something amazing– prompt. That comes with the box from our host Mighty Networks. We don’t need you to entertain us, just share what’s on your mind. If you are using the app simply write at “post here”)
Try posting a bit every day, or a couple of times a week for a while and see what happens-
HSM began with the idea of one guy, taking a year off drinking, and posting each Sunday morning about how the week went. Posting about what was hard, what felt better, what felt worse. He invited friends to join him in the challenge of a year off the booze. When most of them balked at a year alcohol-free he suggested 3 months and the community began.
I’m always so happy when new people find us but then disappointed because they often never post. There are lots of paid services on the internet that will offer to help you stop drinking and some are very good. Boom is not a paid service but a free community where we work together for each other. We reach out with our stories, experience and questions, and we reach back with our accumulated knowledge and successes.
Or with a laugh or a spot of inspiration.
We’re here to give and take from each other not to follow one voice or system or idea. All voices and opinions are welcome as long as you don’t attempt to control or censor others. Self-censorship is one of the reasons I believe we drink.
Together as a community, we can often find the answer to the addict voice that’s calling you. We’ve all heard that voice and it has a limited vocabulary. It’s a pretty stupid entity that wine witch/devil on your shoulder/Feed me False Comfort Siren.
So if you decided that you NEED to stop drinking but find you still WANT to drink that’s because you haven’t learned how to feel good without drinking yet. The Art of Living Sober is a Skill that Takes Practice
It takes time and a focused commitment to re-educating yourself and staying accountable no matter what.
So join BOOM,
Post, Talk to Us, We’re all about community, a living library of actual people-
Grab a hold we’re here
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