… but you can’t please all the people all of the time. Being an admin of a large facebook group can be challenging at times. As the creator and head admin of the Lenormand Cards Study Group, I find myself in a constant state of trying to find a balance that will please everyone. I’ve come to realize that it’s a losing battle most of the time. lol SOMEONE will always be unhappy with your decision.
When I started the group, it was under the assumption that only a few people would join. Lenormand was a “new” cartomancy system that I wanted to study, and a group setting seemed to be a good idea in regards to keeping it all in one place. Little did I know that a HUGE wave of interest was about to hit. And, as it turned out, I had started the only English speaking group on facebook. Not even a week after I created the group, the join requests started rolling in at an unbelievable pace.
That was almost a year ago, and now the group has 875 members at the time of this posting. Needless to say, trouble started brewing between the strict traditionalists and the free-form intuitive type readers. It’s still a struggle that pops up on a regular basis. Some of the more stalwart traditionalists say that mixing these two camps will never work. Both sides feel victimized and persecuted for their individual beliefs on how the Lenormand is read. And when disagreements break out, it’s the admins they look to for “police” support.
I like to think we are beyond the days where segregation exists in a learning environment. Surely we can all get along! But what bothers me the most is the ones who complain that there is not enough studying going on in the study group, are the ones that hardly ever participate in the posts that ARE about study and practice. Yes, there are quite a few artists that post about their new deck coming out. But I don’t feel that’s the backbone of the group. I think the ones complaining about the so-called spam are simply honing in on those posts and making them prevalent in their own minds. How hard is it to simply scroll past that post, find a practice thread and concentrate your attention there?
Luckily, my love for this elegant and simple form of card reading outweighs the drama that’s currently surrounding it. Like I said previously, it’s a “new” thing. And like most new things, it needs time to mature and settle in until everyone can be comfortable with differing opinions and viewpoints. I, personally, love all the different perspectives brought to the group by people from all over the world, and I feel honored to be such a prominent part of it. ❤
*Pictured are images from the Under The Roses Lenormand.