I joined GW on the first day - don't know what number I was, probably six hundred-and-something. One thing that attracted me was the ability to connect with others who are researching the same surnames as me, in an environment where all had the same interests - genealogy, family history and the like. I watched for hours and days as the membership grew and grew and grew.
Every day I search the member list for my surnames that are a bit less common, but I didn't know how uncommon they were until now. With well over 9000 members, you'd think that I would find someone else researching the Hott, Bellew, Makepeace, or Leeming surnames. Names that I really don't hear that often and don't hear from others about. So far I've only found ONE other member researching any of these names which really stuns me. I would have thought that with all these members I'd find someone, ANYONE else researching some of these names.
So, to add to my "thrill of the hunt" , my quest to find that gleaning piece of glitter lost on a beach full of sand, my search for the ancestors... I'm now hunting for others who have same surname interests. I call it the same name game and I play everyday, leaving comments for those who are searching for some of my other more common surnames and sitting on the edge of my seat when I search for these other less common ones. It's a bit like surname tag I guess, and I'm enjoying making connections and reaching out to others in this environment.