Introduction Hello, I'm David


Okinawa.Org Staff
Well, I suppose I should start this forum off with an introduction of my own...

I'm David, Founder of Okinawa.Org. I started this site with my wife after administrating several Facebook groups and coming to the conclusion that all is lost in groups. Facebook Groups, able to access quick information, just aren't set up in a manner which most people can use, but still, for whatever reason, rely on (most likely because quick access to information, I get that much). Social media is good for passing information on rapidly, but it's eventually lost in translation, as are your pictures (the second reason why I started this).

If you go to your timeline and scroll way back to a picture you took but no longer have, I challenge you to save it and try to print it on a 5x7". It will be blurry, guaranteed. I see far too many pictures from the mid-40s in some groups that have been colorized and retouched. That is eventually going to happen again 50 years down the line without some form of preservation (everything uploaded here stays in full quality, and print ready at a whims notice). I want Okinawa to last as best as it can.

Enough about the site, though.

A little about me: I'm a former Marine that was first stationed on Okinawa in 2006. I knew from the moment I landed at Naha Airport that this was where I wanted to live for the rest of my life—well, maybe not immediately, but within the first couple of months for sure.

I've only been back home on leave in 2007 for 10 days. After EAS'ing from the military in late 2008, I tried to make a home back home, but it just didn't feel as homey as here. So, my wife, step-daughter, and I packed our bags once again and relocated back to Okinawa after just 3 months. I've been here ever since, with the exception of a vacation back home in 2014 and some traveling around Asia. Okinawa is where I call home; I've been here my entire adult life.

I didn't get out much in my earlier years (20s) besides clubs, bars, and beaches, but now that I've hit my 30s, and have a larger family, that has slowed down a lot. I'm going to try and focus some more of my time visiting everywhere I possibly can here and document the best of it in our media gallery, Places with reviews (I've been to more than what's shown over the years but feel it'd be unfair to leave reviews on places I haven't visited in forever) on the blog and within forum discussions.

I look forward to learning about each other community member in the future and growing this site into something much greater than Facebook can be for Okinawa (my original mission statement got lost in one version of the site that was created months ago, but once up, it'll give you an idea of how Okinawa.Org will be a better place for those here or interested in coming here).
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Hi David,

Thank you for sharing your story here and starting this forum. I remember the first forum I started posting on was a "Jpopmusic" forum and I was hooked (This was early 2000's)

Looking forward to connecting with you and other members in this forum in the future :)



Okinawa.Org Staff
Hi David,

Thank you for sharing your story here and starting this forum. I remember the first forum I started posting on was a "Jpopmusic" forum and I was hooked (This was early 2000's)

Looking forward to connecting with you and other members in this forum in the future :)

Glad you like and understand the forum format, my favorite being Okinawa Pin Drops. Not only because I was able to modify the forum itself with my programming knowledge without extending the current software, but because I love exploring the unexplored and sharing my perspective of new places.

Okinawa.Org also sports other helpful features such as an Okinawa blog; Okinawa classifieds, which still needs some work (in development now), things to do in Okinawa ("Places"), an Okinawa events calendar; a media gallery to upload all of your photos of Okinawa to preserve in a high quality, print-ready, format; and much more is still possible to be added if community members have an idea by using the Comments and Feedback forum. :)

I can't recall the first forum that I joined in the mid-late 90s, but it was a threaded forum like:
> Subject
  What they said
>> RE: Subject
   What they said
>>> RE: RE: Subject
    What they said...
I don't think I'm that old at 32, but, I did start getting online at around 6-7. Forums were just the way of communication for information, while chatrooms were tidbits and escapes. Eventually, forums evolved and were somewhat what just this forum is today. Though, for the most part, they were bland, but the place to be.

Now there are intermediaries that, obviously offer the same features as Okinawa.Org and then some, like Facebook.

However, the information passed is so quickly and never found again, as to why the same question is asked over and over again. Facebook Groups are just so disorganized, even with them introducing "topics"; I just don't think they can create a true forum system (pseudo-anonymity is also a nice feature as you can be who you want to be on Okinawa.Org, with the ability to change your username as often as you'd like).

My theory is that people on social media tend to want quick information. Except, my hopes are that the people who respond with "Google it" will one day (as I've been recently seeing), "check out this Okinawa.Org page" instead and traffic will steadily grow.

I just felt social media is a mess with all the groups and admins having different, biased rules, on top of the Facebook corporate rules, whereas we, as a community, will develop our own rules.

There are some aspects that I'll develop from Facebook and the likes, just like our media gallery having some of the same features of Flickr (if you're a photographer, you could understand the exposure time, etc.).

But, only time will tell when and if people of Okinawa choose to use the forum over groups (I'm thinking an app would be much helpful in this aspect).

...our 1-year anniversary isn't until December 31st, so, we're not doing too bad. ;)

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