Friday, January 5, 2007


Craigslist is the mega popular internet job board you probably heard about on the news or read about in the paper but you've never actually been to it. Well if you haven't been to it you's not just a place for your politician to meet a woman for a lunch time encounter. It's probably one of the top 5 greatest ideas to spring from the Al Gores' invention of the internet. I'm kidding.

If you've never been or don't understand what "a Craigslist" is, I actually have heard newscasters call the site "a Craigslist" and if I had paid better attention in H.S English I could make a highbrow joke about how they're using the word as a verb or something, it's really simple. Think of Craigslist as the classified section of your newspaper but really it is more than that. Yes, you can sell something, hire someone, find a job, get stuff for free or give away stuff you don't want to haul to the city dump but Craigslist also has forums for every interest. And if you like to spend your days inside your room staring at your computer screen typing away furiously about how the U.N is going to take over America one day check out the local politics forums. If you want to talk to people about what the numbers on LOST mean, check out the Television Forum, if you want to talk about Britney Spears exposing her Lady Garden check out the Celebrity Gossip forum and if you want to talk about gardening there's also a forum for you.

The site doesn't registration for all of it's forums but you can post to the Garden Forum there without signing up, if you decide to use the "classifieds" on CL please follow the rules for your ad, one ad a week-you can post as many times as you want in the forums but please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the forums and rules. Because CL is so popular you get all kinds of people. Watch out for the trolls (you'll learn) and follow the posting guidelines and you'll be fine.

I like the gardening forum there for a quick question or I check in to see if I have an answer to someone's question. But because the board doesn't require registration is can get rather racy at times and sometimes the condescending tone of some of the participants (you'll learn) can get to be too much.

Often times I come across ads in the free section from people who are looking to give away something gardening related. Check out your local section by changing the city location on the main page.

I give Craigslist ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ out of 5 stars. Even though the gardening forum is nothing to write home about being on CL is an experience unlike others. If you're offended easily maybe the forums aren't for you but you can always use CL in conjunction with a site like Freecycle.

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