I've recently discovered a new way to discuss things I care about or share ideas with others. Helium.com is a new info-sharing site that lets the community write and then rate each others articles. The best part is that as the community rates your articles you accumulate cash. It is very nominal but it is cool that you can write something and earn pennies a day. I've only been doing it for 2 days and I have written 3 articles and I've got $0.17. Yes, that's cents but it's my cents because people read and rated my work. Of course the articles earning that are about crafts.
It is a really new forum. The articles I've done so far started from an original article then I wrote another based on it. The articles are then read and rated by members. You also have to rate articles and that can be frustrating at first because until you write in a couple of different categories you could be seeing very similar articles before the subject changes. And some articles are better than others but that's what the rating is all about. You get to choose.
It has only been officially operating since October 2006 and it has a lot of kinks to work out. According to some press if it is going to take off, 2007 will be the year. If it does work I can see someone buying it like Google did YouTube. I think that's part of the fun factor that this could be the "next cool thing".
You really should check it out. And while your there you can check out my 2 crafting articles, The Lost Art of Crafting and Homemade crafts: Do imperfections matter?