Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Using the Internet

Because we don't know from where a person will be directed to our profiles or if our blogs are even being seen, it makes sense to get our names and data out there in as many locations as possible. 
Thanks to my local FSA chapter, we were introduced to Hoping to Adopt, a free online profile resource.  This is only one of many sites that will host a profile for those seeking adoption, but as it is free, it seems to be very popular.
Hoping to get our names and pictures out there, I sat down one night and built a profile.  It is very easy to use and colorful.  You can personalize your site to your tastes (much like a blog) and use information off of one of your existing profiles or make another one entirely.  The downside is that it also has a place to check your profile stats and if you're anything like me you make a habit of doing so obsessively.  I also feel some of the information is much more lax as in you can see occupations and locations without even logging in, so if you feel fears over internet security this site might not be for you, although keep in mind you can keep some of the questions blank.  Play around with it, build a profile and see if you like it first.  It doesn't hit the net until you hit publish so feel free to experiment. 
If you'd like to get an idea of what it looks like and whether it's right for you and your family you can see our profile here.
Anyone on this site?  Opinions or thoughts?


Devin said...

we're on it! so far, i don't know that the site itself has gotten any expectant parents looking at us. it's hard to know for sure. i got us on it because, i totally agree, the more your name is out there, the better.

Sally said...

We are definitely using the internet as a tool this time. In some ways, it's a bit out of my comfort zone, but I know it's a great way to increase our exposure.

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