(Please keep it positive and on the topic)
Seven years ago I googled vampires in the hopes of finding a site where I could gain knowledge in real-time from people seeking what I was. The URL for Vampire Rave came up. I opened the link and read the Home Page. I had found just what I was looking for. I was intrigued and created my profile. The first few days were just learning to navigate the user-friendly site. I started reading journals, exploring the general discussion forums and meeting members of the community. I had read books on the topics vampires, werewolves, sci-fi, Wicca and all the other topics that were being discussed on Vampire Rave. Here was a site I could interact with people who lived the life-styles and who had a wealth of knowledge I found lacking in books and other websites. The legends and lore of these topics are what interested me the most. I started to read almost every post on these forms and began to join in the discussions. I asked questions, I debated topics, began to respond in journals and started to develope frindships by having some of the disussions private though messages.
One of the first threads I read was titled Clinical Vampirism also known as Renfield's syndrome, where I learned was included in psychiatric and/or neurological diseases. That due to these things it had been known to give the term 'vampire' a negative connotation. The OP concluded with the questions asking with all the negativity that surrounds it- as far as it is linked to killing crimes, cult crimes, and mental illness, why do people still find it a 'cool' term to coin themselves and a few more questions to kick-off the discussion. This began many years of just one of the few things I would learn on this site.
If I were to write about all the knowledge I have gained since I have been on VR well I would be writing for days, weeks and never get this topic posted.
What I would like to do with this thread is we start, from your first days on VR what you learned, how your knowledge began to expand and we will cover all the topics that are discussed in this section of the forums.
What have you learned from your first days on VR about Vampires, Werewolves, Occult in detail that you did not know before coming to VR?
How has this knowledge educated you in factual this dispelled some of your beliefs before you joined VR?
What topics related to the discussion forms that you had not an interest in before but you began to grow an interest in after reading something someone posted?
I will start with how I started to learn about Renfield's syndrome, what it was, and so on in great detail. One of the posts I liked was from dabbler and what he posted I would take to heart to guide my journey in how I would learn and still do to this day on VR
Those that are sincere in their conviction/belief have should have nothing to hide, therefore they should embrace an option to evaluate, and research their alleged condition. However, people that have something to hide cringe, and throw tantrums at the mere suggestion of scrutiny.
And there my journey began... I look forward to this discussion taking off.
To embrace Vampirism is not a topic that you can write or speak to the weakest mind. Is a topic that only can be addressed to the Clan and those who believe without the infiltration of movies or books. Is a learning process, which must be applied every day. No, We don't bite the neck or compels people to do what we wants. VR is the platform to engage in a sweet conversation with those, who are believers. remeber folks, Vampirism is an underground Society and will remain like that.
Research brought me here, but it is the emotional connections that keeps me returning.
I have learned that there is a lot of info out there that contradicts each other
Mostly I have learned there are others like me "thanks VR,"
and I agree with ~AshenWings~
Since coming back after a number of years away. I found a home here with likeminded individuals. When I was first on-site I crawled around I didn't want to rile anyone. I found that common courtesy goes a long way here. I was scared shitless when I was first on site to be very honest about it. I read the manual I started meeting other witches vampires wolves. Then one day out of the blue some senior people took an interest in what I be been doing. Probably to keep me out trouble. But they gave me a purpose. I think everyone here has one. Sorry I ramble too much.
I noticed that they are many members in this site who are embracing Vampirism, basing their facts in Books, Movies and TV shows. Many people, including here, believe that the show, "The Immortals", which was filmed in New Orleans, is something that could be happening as we speak. Remember folks, you must go way back into different centuries to understand Vampirism. Is a topic which can not be explain in one paragraph.
I learned quite a few stuff in here, cant remember anythign in particular but i used to spend a lot of time in the Forum.
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