The Importance of the Vaping Community

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So the end of this coming February 2013  is two years into this Vaping Experience for me. A lot has happened in this industry in that two years…I’ve seen vaunted and valued devices kicked aside for New Stuff time and time again. I’ve seen improvements, side-steps and regressions; studies, claims and propaganda. But what I’ve really noticed, and what has been very helpful to me, is the Community of Vapers.

Before making the switch, I was into MYO tobacco for many, many years. The world of tobacco is so much more than just grabbing a pack of chokes from the 7-11 (and how many of us ever attended a cigarette meet or a SmokeCon gathering? 🙂  But I’m drifting off on a tangent here)…. The MYO tobacco world is a universe of different types, tastes, curing methods, toppings, casing and flavorings — and all kinds of ways to smoke the stuff, whether it be roll ups, using manual injectors, electric injectors…. MYO is a community of like-minded souls looking out for one another, spotting trends, trying new things and generally Being There with knowledge, expertise and wisdom. We could swap stories, addresses of tobacconists and growers, how-tos, and generally get together as a big ol’ family to share and have some fun. I met people from all over the world, sometimes in person, sometimes at parties and almost always on-line.

That’s what I was afraid I’d miss when I decided that I liked vaping and that it was something I was going to pursue.

The vaping universe looks pretty big right now, and it is. Two years ago that wasn’t quite the case. Oh, there were already a couple of big forums to visit, but it wasn’t anything like the MYO world or what the vaping community is now. I was pretty much on my own when I decided to move up from the Blu disposables that first got me started on this thing. But luckily that began to change.

And that was big for me. Suddenly I was no longer a part of the MYO Community; well, I still have many dear and close friends who are a part of MYO but who will always be my friends — but for the most part I don’t live in that world any longer. It was kind of a shock at first; there were few people to tun to for advise or encouragement. I’m happy that has changed.

In a way it was cool to grow along with the vaping community at large; while the MYO community was long-established, as vapers we were all figuring this out together and stumbling along as best we could. That has begun to coalesce greatly the past few months with vaping-related internet radio and TV shows as well as many and varied forums and specialty sites. Trade organizations and advocacy groups have sprung up as well as standard bodies for juices and equipment.

It’s always so much easier to deal with the New and Unknown when you’re not the Lone Ranger. From a social standpoint, it’s always more fun to have a group of people you can enjoy being with who share what you’re doing and have the same goals.  I’m happy to have come from one community to another and made new friends, experienced new things and had help as well as having helped.  And as the culture and experience of e-cigarettes come under attack from irrational, misguided people who claim to have Our Best Interests at heart, that sense of community is going to become more important. Not just to help each other with tips and tricks, but to help each other survive the onslaught of fear-mongering and misinformation — and to spread the truth as we know it about our lifestyle choice.

We can’t take that for granted…nor can we take for granted communities like ECA. It’s who we are now. And I’m glad we’re all a part of it.

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24 Comments

  1. TheCrookedOne says

    Great post 🙂
    It is refreshing that everyone so far has been spectacular in support…kind words and info….
    Enjoyed 🙂

  2. dandelionwings says

    awwww i got the warm n fuzzies. 😉

    seriously, the community support and this one in particular is very refreshing and helpful. many thanks, to people such as yourself.

    🙂

  3. Donald Hammond says

    I have found the forums to be a great help and really great friendly people.

  4. Rob says

    nice man

  5. Mike says

    I would like to say congratulations for your almost 2 year mark. That is spectacular Slap_Maxwell. It is no small achievement.

  6. Anthony says

    Nice bro

  7. Gorg the blacksmith says

    good blog bro

  8. Chad says

    You have written a great post and I wholly share your sentiments. Your writing style is great, and I always look forward to your comments and insight.

  9. mongrel says

    As usual you’re writing is spot on Slap. I would at times do MYO during my smoking days but had no idea there was a community around it. The only community I had was occasionally finding myself in a social situation with another guy rolling smokes. We’d sometimes discuss our tobaccos, and maybe share a bit, but I never really got beyond what I could buy in a store (Bali Shag was my favorite).

    Maybe one day when you start getting your NET’s nailed down you may be able to bring some of your MYO friends into the vaping community.

    The vaping community is incredibly important to me. I’m still pretty new at this, but I’m happy to be part of it. I really feel the support we can give to people starting out and quitting is very valuable. I often think it’s a bit like AA, in that we vapers have all been smokers and we can really connect with someone who is struggling to quit, because we’ve been through the same struggles and we’ve finally won the war.

  10. saboinia says

    nice article man i really appricaite the hard work you put into the site

  11. Shub says

    Nice article. I’d like to also comment on how awesome the vaping community is. My step son has mentioned that also. He’s very surprised at how willing everybody is to help everybody and bring everybody in. The forums (ECA anyways) is top notch and one of a kind.

  12. dahcwon says

    Great post. I too love the unity here at ECA!

  13. Johnathan Brown (Sepsis) says

    Great post slappy! The community, its support, and its size, has definitely helped a ton. What’s more important, is when you find your own niche in the community, where you feel you actually play a role in it. Like here. I feel like here i can share my experiences with people, on everything from juices, to mods, to confrontations, to stuff not even vape related, and It does some good to someone. It helps a TON. Good post man.

  14. slap_maxwell says

    Our experience and “team spirit” if you will is gonna be pretty important in the months and years to come. As soon as the anti-smoking Nazis catch wind that the tobacco companies are moving into the e-cigarette territory, you can bet your sweet bippy they’re gonna sharpen their axes and head in our direction even more so than now.

    It’s going to be important to make sure as many people as possible know the benefits and the harm reduction associated with vaping to counter-act whatever propaganda others may throw out there.

  15. robovape says

    it’s clear we will need to be tighter than ever as we begin to face FDA regulation in the coming year(s), definately time to band together to hold onto what we have…

  16. GhOsT DoGg 79 says

    Without a community I would smoke…..that simple

  17. conqwest says

    very awesome

  18. tiffjamesnjj says

    you are right on slap!
    even when we where just the smokers huddled outside we where a community, and i was afraid too that i would loose that!
    since then i have 1/2 converted atleast 4 people 🙂

  19. Amanda says

    Great post, community is important in everything we do in life.

  20. Aydinn says

    It’s nice knowing there is a place to go for information no matter how big or small the question is.

  21. Michelle says

    Slap, I always look forward to reading ANY post you write, You always inform us with your Wit and charm! Thank you

  22. muertala says

    Awesome post

  23. imtheboss says

    nice

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