March 7, 2010
There's a new court reporting social network site that's been gaining new members daily -- Court Reporters Site. This is Kelli's website that she created after she and Monti went their separate ways. A few years ago, Kelli, a court reporter, and Monti, a legal videographer, created the original CSR Nation, which has been dubbed the Facebook or MySpace for court reporters. I was super excited about it! (Read here to see just how much!) Sadly, however, sometime last year, there was a riff between Kelli and Monti. Monti left CSR Nation to Kelli in order to create another court reporting social network site -- Court Reporters Connect (CRC). Since then, Monti has had CRC, and Kelli has had CSR Nation. Now there were two social networking sites instead of the original CSR Nation. I stayed active on both sites for a while, hoping that the tension between the two would die down. I was also hoping against hopes that Monti and Kelli would reconcile, and we, the online friends, would get our original CSR Nation back -- it was such a great, fun, informative tool for us all, especially us court reporting students! But the reconciliation was not to happen -- at least not now. Just last week I deactivated my account at CRC, because I personally felt that there was too much negativity on this site. The whining and complaining that I personally saw at CRC was too much for me to handle. Thus, I sent Monti and all my CRC online friends a message letting them know that I was going to deactivate my account with CRC and also the reason why. I told them all that I was joining Kelli's site, Court Reporters Site, because I did not find any bitterness there. Rather, I found it uplifting and more like the old CSR Nation I had grown to love and miss so much! I encourage you to check out both sites and see which one you like better. Maybe you can be a member at both, and that's cool. I was doing that for a while. But for now, I just can't. I would love to rejoin CRC perhaps down the road if (and only if) I find that there is no longer any animosity or bitterness at that site, to the point where I would be very proud to be a loyal member of CRC. I don't wish Monti nor any of the CRC supporters any harm. I am very grateful for all the hard work both he and Kelli put into the original CSR Nation. I still wish we only had one social networking site to choose from. But for now, while we don't, I'll be at Court Reporters Site.