I am wondering what are your thoughts/experiences....... When I first joined tPF it was my little secret, I didn't tell anyone about it, didn't want to appear shallow by saying "yes I spend HOURS discussing handbags on such a forum !!" But now, it became so important to me that I don't care and need to share.....so I went public and got even a few new girlfriends to join, I also told my doctor about it, and at work we'll have to make a personal presentation about ourselves and -amongst other hobbies in life (!)- I 'll tell about it to all my (male) colleagues "if you need to know anything about handbags for your girlfriends, ask me !!" I feel everyone at some point is part of a certain community.....it's the geek in me. How about you ???