Ning in Chinese means peace. But I became familiar with the word as an online social network. I first joined the art journaling ning that I found on ComfortableShoes website, back in 2010. She was the artist who welcomed me to the Ning, and I felt at home immediately.
I was able to make my own homepage, and download some of my art journaling pages for others to see. This is where I took my first art journaling workshops and got to know others that enjoyed the same art that I did. We also have challenges, which I love!
Since I've gotten interested in Mail Art, I thought I'd look and see if there's a Ning for that. And there was! The International Union of Mail Artists, which was founded in 1988, began a IUOMA platform at Ning in 2008. And I see that the layout is very similar to my Art Journaling Ning, with the same tabs, including the ability to create individual homepages.
There are 2736 members of the IUOMA Ning right now. Wow! That's a lot of people involved in mail art. If I didn't work 40+ hours a week at my day job, I would love to get involved here. The ArtiStamps Creators looks real interesting. I'll probably still join so I can learn more about them.
My advice to everyone: see if there's a Ning out there about something you're interested in, be it photography, food, hiking, literature, kids, travel or a special form of art. There are loads out there - you might just find one you like!
Come by Ms. Jenny's blog, ... off on my tangent... and see what other words our "students" are writing about when asked, What word do you think of, that begins with the Letter N?