I think we have all noticed a flurry of activity here at the Corner in recent weeks. It is refreshing and satisfying to see the new names posting comments here! Welcome to all! It's further rewarding to read comments from long-term (or even long absent), regular (or semiregular) posters. No doubt, much of that enthusiasm stems from the release of Carpenters With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I believe that this terrific site is enhanced by increased participation and positive interaction. It's great to see the continued appreciation for Carpenters from oldtimers like me as well as all the new and younger voices. Often a newcomer will mention that he or she has been a long-time lurker and finally decided to post comments. I thought it might be interesting to learn how that transition occurred. I will start... I am old enough to have heard Carpenters on the radio since "Close to You" and have been a zealous fan ever since. In 1978, a friend told me about the Carpenters Fan Club, so I joined and excitedly received the newsletters in the mail (aka U.S. Postal Service). It's a different world now, of course. I can't remember how I stumbled upon this website, but I am thankful I did. People are welcoming and enthusiastic, and it has brought me continuous joy. I made my first comment here in 2009, after having been a lurker for a couple of years. I had enjoyed viewing the conversation --- and I had learned so much (still do) --- that I felt I wanted to become more active: to add my voice to that discussion. There are many members and moderators who have been here years before I joined, and I appreciate their contributions. I would be honored to read anecdotes about how you (no matter how long you've been here) learned about this site and decided to make the transition from lurker to poster!